The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) published its ‘Good Relations Measurement Framework’ in the summer of 2010.
Since 2009, the EHRC has been developing a Good Relations Measurement Framework (GRMF), following the earlier development of an Equality Measurement Framework. The report, by Andrea Wigfield and Royce Turner, outlines the Good Relations Measurement Framework which comprises four key domains and associated indicators. These have been arrived at through a complex methodological process involving a quantitative review, focus groups and stakeholder discussions. The four domains which have been selected to measure good relations are: attitudes; personal security; interaction with others; and participation and influence. The report discusses the reasons for the selection of each domain and indicator in detail, considers how well these can be measured by existing surveys and points to the gaps in the evidence.
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In September 2010, the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland published ‘Employment Inequalities in an Economic Downturn’.
The report looks at the impact of the recession in Northern Ireland on the employment trends of the nine groups identified in Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.
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‘Developing anti-discrimination law in Europe – the 27 EU Member States compared was published in November 2009.
The report compares and contrasts anti-discrimination laws in all EU Member States. It identifies trends and commonalities between countries in the transposition and implementation of the anti-discrimination directives (2000/43/EC and 2000/78/EC) and considers individually and collectively the grounds of discrimination listed in the directives. The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of national laws across the European Union.
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In September 2010, the Women’s Resource Centre published In All Our Colours: Lesbian, bisexual and trans women’s services in the UK.
The report highlights the key issues affecting different groups of lesbian, bisexual and trans (LBT) women as well as providing a picture of the sector that supports these women, what services are available and what threats these services face.
The report brings together existing research on lesbian, bisexual and trans (LBT) women in the UK and the LGB&T sector to provide a comprehensive literature review and reveals the reality of the situation for these marginalised groups:
Amongst the key findings are that:
- There are very few services for LBT women across the UK and LBT women’s organisations are consistently underfunded
- Organisations led by and for LBT women are particularly marginalised in terms of political influence
- There is a lack of awareness of the issues facing LBT women, their support needs and the LBT population as a whole
- There is little infrastructure and second tier support for LBT organisations and all too often they become ‘add-ons’ to existing mainstream support
- Most LBT organisations rely on volunteers to deliver their core services and many only operate as informal, local and volunteer-run support and social groups
In October 2010, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation published ‘Older people with high support needs’.
The report is part of a new research programme focussing on how to improve the quality of life of older people with high support needs.
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