The Brexit referendum has, once again put equality under the spotlight with the dominant political rhetoric being for Scotland to distinguish itself in the areas of equality and human rights and forge its position as a global leader.
This is from Professor Nicole Busby from the University of Strathclyde on the implications of Brexit for gender equality in Scotland, for our Gendering Brexit Blog series.
Brexit is a critical moment in which gender relations are being reshaped. An article on women, equality and the EU referendum by Julie MacLeavy, University of Bristol, published in July 2018 emphasizes the risks of Brexit for both women and gender equality.
A July 2018 report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) assesses progress on women’s rights since 2013, in areas including: enhancing the status of international human rights in domestic law gender-based violence, harassment and abuse participation in political and civic life access to civil justice human trafficking and modern slavery detention and asylum health, …
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Post-Brexit, we will be the only country in Europe where politicians will be free to remove and diminish hard-won rights, especially for women and minority groups. This is according to a joint letter on Brexit and women’s rights by female parliamentarians, businesswomen and campaigners published in the Guardian in June 2018.
We must widen understanding about the impact on women otherwise those who are disadvantaged the most by reason of ethnicity, class, income and citizenship will be truly left behind by Brexit. This is according to a June 2018 article by PolicyBristol Hub which summarises discussions from a symposium on women’s equality and Brexit.
‘Women in the UK and gender experts have been distinctly under-represented both in the Brexit referendum campaign and in the ongoing negotiations for the withdrawal of the UK from the EU’, writes Barbara Helfferich in the first of our Gender and Brexit blog series.
Brexit attempts to shed minimum standards of justice and equality. This will disproportionately affect access to justice and the rights of women, BAME communities, LGBTQI, those with disabilities, workers and third country nationals. This is according to Dr Kimberley Brayson from the University of Sussex in a May 2018 article for UK in a Changing Europe.
‘UK equality law has grown in a vibrant interactive relationship with EU law.’
This is according to an April 2018 briefing (pdf) from the UK in a Changing Europe and Oxford Human Rights Hub on Brexit and equality law.
Gender equality enjoys a long-standing status as EU’s founding value… Yet, sixty years later, social justice objectives and equality between women and men remain unrealised. This is according to an April 2018 article by Ania Plomien from LSE on EU social and gender policy.
“Warning bells are sounding that rights women have gained during 42 years of EU Membership could be at risk, and in some instances wiped out.” This is according to the Deeds Not Words colloquium report, published in January 2018.