The End Violence Against Women Coalition have published a December 2018 survey (pdf) to better understand attitudes to rape, and people’s understanding of the law on rape.
‘In the 21st century, there is no excuse for racial discrimination. Yet black people in the EU today are still victims of widespread and unacceptable levels of discrimination and harassment simply because of their skin colour’.
This is according to the November 2018 report (pdf) from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), which examines the experiences of nearly 6,000 black people in 12 European Union Member States.
The Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society (Civil Society Futures) have launched their final report in November 2018 (pdf). Chaired by Julia Unwin, the inquiry seeks to give the sector the tools it needs to address and find solutions to challenges facing society.
‘The means testing of legal aid is set at a level that can require people on low incomes to make contributions to legal costs that they could not afford while maintaining a socially acceptable standard of living.’ This is according to a September 2018 report from the Law Society.
There is a desperate lack of refuge spaces for victims of domestic abuse -refuge provision should be a statutory obligation, backed by national ring fenced funding.
This is from the October 2018 report from the Home Affairs Committee on the forthcoming Government Bill on Domestic Abuse.
Although positive progress has been made in some areas of life for some people, there is still a lot more to do to ensure everyone is free from discrimination and can enjoy their basic human rights.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission have published their review of how Britain is performing on equality and human rights (pdf), in October 2018.
‘We have seen a welcome increase in reporting…however, this increase in reporting is also thought to reflect a genuine rise in hate crime around specific events such as the Westminster Bridge terrorist attack.’ This is according to an October 2018 update to the Government’s Hate crime action plan (pdf).
There’s no place for hate in Scotland. Report it to stop it.
This is from the Scottish Government who have launched a hate crime campaign to put an end to hate crime in Scotland.
‘UK hate crime laws have been pieced together in an incremental manner, meaning they have quickly become outdated and are in need of reform to make them coherent and effective.’ This is according to a September 2018 Come Forward report (pdf) on access to justice in cases of LGBT hate crime.
Breaking down the specific barriers faced by Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women must be central to the bill.
This is from the September 2018 report (pdf) from the APPG on Domestic Violence and Abuse which makes key recommendations for the Government on issues to cover in forthcoming Domestic Abuse Bill