Research on ‘Sex and power in the South West’

Women in the South West are vastly under-represented in the region’s top positions of power and influence across the public and private sectors, according to research carried out by the South West TUC and Equality South West and published in 2009.

Inspired by the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s annual Sex and Power report, the two organisations carried out their own research that shows in politics, business, media and culture, the region is lagging behind the national average.

Nigel Costley, Regional Secretary of the South West TUC, said: ‘This shows how far we’ve got to go to achieve real equality. We have to continue to break down the barriers in public and private life so that women can play their full part.’

Paul Dunn, Chief Executive of Equality South West, said: ‘Employers will have to make full use of all the talent that they have, if they want to ensure that they survive the recession unscathed. This will be particularly important during the recovery, which hopefully, is not far away.’

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EHRC report on the safety of disabled people

On 29 April 2009 the Equality and Human Rights Commission published ‘Promoting the safety and security of disabled people’.

The report summarises new research from the Equality and Human Rights Commission and sets out the actions the Commission will take to promote disabled people’s safety and security.

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ECU report on LGBT experiences in higher education

The Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) published ‘The experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff and students in higher education’ in March 2009.

The report draws on research commissioned by ECU to build an authoritative evidence base of the actual – rather than perceived – experiences of LGBT staff and students.

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EHRC report on migration and the economy

On 19 March 2009, the Equality and Human Rights Commission published ‘Immigration and the labour market: Theory, evidence and policy’.

The report, by Will Somerville and Madeleine Sumption from the Migration Policy Institute, finds that immigration has been largely beneficial to the UK’s economy and has had little, or no, negative impact on the labour market.

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EHRC report on Gypsy and Traveller communities

In 2009 the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) published Inequalities experienced by Gypsy and Traveller communities: A review.

The report, by Sarah Cemlyn, Margaret Greenfields, Sally Burnett, Zoe Matthews and Chris Whitwell, reviews the available information about the severe inequalities that Gypsies and Travellers face in Britain today. It draws on a wide range of sources, including published literature, the results of Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessments and a specially designed consultation.

The Commission also published Gypsies and Travellers – simple solutions for living together in March 2009.

Report on the role of grandparents and the wider family

On 25 March 2009, Grandparents Plus launched ‘Rethinking family life: exploring the role of grandparents and the wider family’ along with new opinion polling.

The report brings together a wide range of evidence on the role of grandparents and the wider family in caring for children and supporting parents, challenging the myth that the extended family is ‘dead’. It argues that the focus on the nuclear family misses the reality of family life in which grandparents and the wider family are playing an increasing role.

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EHRC Report on ‘the most effective specific equality duties’

‘Making practice happen. Practitioners’ views on the most effective specific equality duties’ is a report submitted to the Equality and Human Rights Commission by Elizabeth Sclater in January 2009.

The research on which the report is based ‘sought to identify the specific duties that are most effective in achieving change, as well as the factors that support public sector organisations in driving change… The results of the research will be used by the EHRC to support its recommendations to Government regarding the seven strand equality duty set out in the Equality Bill, particularly in relation to the specific duties to be set out in subsequent legislation’.

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