EDF paper: ‘From conflict to cohesion’

‘From conflict to cohesion: competing interests in equality law and policy’ by Maleiha Malik is a paper commissioned by the Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF) in 2008.

The paper examines conflicts of rights and competing interests in the context of the equalities framework.

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EDF thanks the DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of the European Commission for providing funding for this report under the European Community Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity (2007-2013).

EVAW and EHRC report on Violence Against Women support services

Map of Gaps 2. The postcode lottery of Violence Against Women support services in Britain was published by End Violence Against Women (EVAW) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in January 2009. On 30 January, the Commission announced that it will target more than 100 local authorities with the threat of legal action over their failure to provide specialised services for women who have experienced violence.


Runnymede Perspectives: ‘Who Cares about the White Working Class?’

‘Who Cares about the White Working Class?’ is edited by Kjartan Páll Sveinsson and was published by the Runnymede Trust in January 2009.

In the publication, leading thinkers on race and class consider the relationship between social class and race equality. They conclude that the white working class are discriminated against on a range of different fronts, but they are not discriminated against because they are white.

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EHRC research on ethnicity and family

‘Ethnicity and family – Relationships within and between ethnic groups’ by Lucinda Platt was published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission on 19 January 2009.

The paper outlines the ethnic composition of families in Britain today using the Labour Force Survey household data. The research shows a new and growing diversity among the young. Almost 20 per cent of children under the age of 16 are from an ethnic minority and nearly ten per cent of children live in a family with a multiple white, black or Asian heritage.

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Disability equality reports

In 2008, as part of its work to achieve equality for disabled people by 2025, the Government published a series of reports from 11 Secretaries of State, the Office for Disability Issues’ (ODI) annual report and additional research about the Disability Equality Duty.

The reports by the 11 Secretaries of State are the first of their kind. They identify progress towards disability equality made by each department and where there are still issues to address. They also show how departments and public bodies will work strategically to introduce mechanisms for change. An overview by the ODI highlights key findings in each of the Secretary of State reports.


EDF Seminar and report on public procurement

On 27 November 2008, the Equality and Diversity Forum held a half-day seminar to launch a report on procurement by Clare Cozens, and to bring together experts, Government Officials and key stakeholders to consider the use of public procurement to promote equality.

Angela Eagle MP Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury gave the key note speech at the seminar which was attended by more than 60 people from a wide range of organisations.

Click here for report by Clare Cozens (commissioned by the Equality and Diversity Forum)

Click here for executive summary of report by Clare Cozens

Click here for presentation by Professor Christopher McCruddin

Click here for presentation by Dr Kemal Ahson and Jenny Jean-Jacques

Declaration on Principles of Equality

On 21 October 2008, the Equal Rights Trust launched the Declaration on Principles of Equality.

The Declaration:

  • Defines the right to equality as a basic human right and, in doing so, combines human rights and equality law concepts.
  • Provides a global expression of equality between discriminated people.
  • Ensures consistency in the way different nations treat the right to equality.
  • Ends inconsistencies in the rights afforded to different discriminated groups within the same societies and nations and so ends the current hierarchy of discrimination.

The Declaration is based on a total of 27 principles and will be submitted to UN officials as part of a global campaign to win support for the initiative. It is intended to assist efforts of legislators, the judiciary, civil society organisations and anyone else involved in combating discrimination and promoting equality. It is now open for further endorsements from both individuals and institutions.

Committee report on Government response to human rights judgements

In October 2008, the Joint Committee on Human Rights published ‘Monitoring the Government’s Response to Human Rights Judgements: Annual Report 2008’.

The report says the Government must do more to comply with court judgments which find breaches of individual rights. The report considers a number of issues including corporal punishment of children; investigations into cases involving the use of lethal force and the total ban on prisoners’ voting.

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