Rainbow Project report: ‘Multiple identity; Multiple Exclusions and Human Rights’

Rainbow Project

‘Multiple identity; Multiple Exclusions and Human Rights: The experiences of people with disabilities who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people living in Northern Ireland’ was published by the Rainbow Project in November 2012.

The report comes out of a project that developed from exploratory discussions in 2011 between Disability Action and The Rainbow Project and the recognition by both organisations that very little was known about people with disabilities who identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual and/or transgender (LGB&T) in Northern Ireland.

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Equality Commission Northern Ireland: ‘Do You Mean Me?’

Equality Commision Northern Ireland ECNI

Every three years the Equality Commission carries out an equality awareness survey which looks at trends in public attitudes towards particular groups in society; personal experiences of discrimination and knowledge of rights and protections. It considers who is most likely to express negative feelings and who is most likely to be the target of their prejudice.

‘Do You Mean Me? Discrimination: attitudes and experience in Northern Ireland’ was published by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland in June 2012.

Key findings in the latest survey report include:

  • Attitudes towards different groups as a work colleague, neighbour or married to a family member, have hardened.
  • 33% of respondents said they had been subject to some form of harassment or treated unfairly because they belong to a particular group, an increase of 16%.
  • 91% agreed with the need for equality laws and 77% agreed that they should be strengthened to match those in Great Britain.
  • 77% agreed that the Commission is a valued source of expert advice on equality issues.
  • Respondent confidence in the ability to keep their job is lower than the United Kingdom and European Union average.

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Equality Commission for Northern Ireland: proposals for disability protection

Equality Commision Northern Ireland ECNI

In March 2012, the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) published ‘Strengthening Protection for Disabled People. Proposals for Reform’.

The report sets out the Commission’s recommended changes to disability equality law. The changes being proposed will not only ensure that Northern Ireland equality law keeps pace with changes with the law in GB, but will also help to harmonise and simplify the law and strengthen the rights of disabled people and their carers.

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Rainbow Project report on workplace equality

Rainbow Project

In March 2011, the Rainbow Project published ‘Through Our Eyes – Experiences of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People in the Workplace.’

The report was commissioned by the Department for Social Development and presents quantitative data on the experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people of employment in Northern Ireland.

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Briefing on the gaps between GB and Northern Ireland equality law

Equality Commision Northern Ireland ECNI

In January 2011, the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland published a briefing note on ‘The gaps between GB and NI equality law’.

The note highlights the gaps between Great Britain (GB) and Northern Ireland equality law following the introduction of the Equality Act 2010 last April.

The provisions of the Act, apart from a few minor exceptions, only apply to GB and do not change equality law in NI.

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