Joseph Rowntree Foundation reports on ageing

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In January 2012, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation published two reports looking at ageing from the points of view of Gypsy and South Asian Families.

‘Perspectives on ageing in South Asian families’ explores the experiences and views of South Asian elders and their families living in Wolverhampton, highlighting cultural expectations and the challenges this community faces in terms of ageing and support needs.

‘Perspectives on ageing in Gypsy families’ explores the views and experiences of older Gypsies, offering a glimpse into the past and reflecting on how the non-Gypsy community have influenced the Gypsy way of life.

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Report on the impact of cuts on services to prevent violence against women

Measuring the impact of cuts in public expenditure on the provision of services to prevent violence against women and girls was published in 2012 for Northern Rock Foundation and Trust for London.

The report by Professor Sylvia Walby, UNESCO Chair in Gender Research, and Jude Towers at Lancaster University finds that substantial reductions in national budgets are leading to cuts in local services set up to protect and prevent violence against women and girls. These cuts in service provision are expected to lead to increases in this violence.

Children’s Society report on destitution among asylum seeking and migrant children

On 24 February 2012, the Children’s Society released the report ‘I don’t feel human: experiences of destitution among young refugees and migrants’ which highlights the plight of young people who have nowhere to live and no regular source of financial support.

The report examines available data on the extent and impact of destitution, and speaks to young migrants and the people who work to support them.

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Evidence Dossier: Evaluation of the Equality Act 2010

In 2011, the EDF Research Network and EDF produced a dossier of evidence and research relating to equality to inform the Government’s evaluation of the Equality Act 2010.

The Network was commissioned by the Government Equalities Office to contribute to the Government’s ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of the Equality Act 2010 by collating and analysing research relevant to measures in the Act and on discrimination in general.

The findings of the project were published in a dossier to inform the Government’s evaluation and as a resource for academics and NGOs more widely.

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World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development

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The ‘World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development’ was published in January 2012.

The report argues that gender equality is a core development objective in its own right. It is also smart economics. Greater gender equality can enhance productivity, improve development outcomes for the next generation, and make institutions more representative.

The Report also focuses on four priority areas for policy going forward:

(i) reducing excess female mortality and closing education gaps where they remain,

(ii) improving access to economic opportunities for women

(iii) increasing women’s voice and agency in the household and in society and

(iv) limiting the reproduction of gender inequality across generations.

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Report on the ‘the Social Impact of the Economic Crisis’

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In February 2012, the Social Protection Committee of the Council of the European Union published ‘The social impact of the economic crisis and ongoing fiscal consolidation: third Report of the Social protection Committee (2011)’.

The report maps the number of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU, and shows that the depth of poverty and social exclusion has worsened.

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Human Rights Watch World Report 2012

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According to the Human Rights Watch World Report, the European Union and member governments proved unwilling to tackle human rights abuse at home during 2011, even as they proclaimed the issue’s importance in inspiring the Arab Spring.

Human Rights Watch found worrying trends on human rights in the European Union region, highlighting events in nine member states and developments in the areas of migration and asylum, discrimination and intolerance, and counterterrorism policy.

A separate essay in the report analyses long-term trends on human rights in Europe. It concludes that declining respect for rights, weak enforcement when violations do occur, the growing influence of extremist parties, and the retreat from the idea that rights apply equally to everyone amount to a crisis that demands urgent action.

‘Judging from the soaring rhetoric on the Arab Spring in 2011, human rights would seem to be a central concern of the EU,’ said Benjamin Ward, deputy Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. ‘The sad truth is that European Union governments too often set aside rights at home when they prove inconvenient, especially those of vulnerable minorities and migrants, and brush aside criticism of abuse.’

The report was published in January 2012.

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