This page details news and press releases relevant to Wales and events & conferences we are organising or participating in. Events in Wales, arranged by other organisations that are closely linked to the work of the Commission, can also be found here.
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Autumn Equality and Human Rights Exchange Events
These events will be concentrating on our work on 'Is Wales Fairer'
- Swansea - 30th September 2015
- Caerphilly - 15th October 2015
- Bangor - 21st October 2015
Information on how to register to attend these events will be available shortly.
Identifying and Tackling Discrimination Course (formerly known as Discrimination and Employment Tribunal Skills course)
Is Wales Fairer? Conference
On Wednesday the 8th July 2015 our ‘Is Britain Fairer?’ stakeholder conference was held in Treforest. It formed a vital stage in the process of shaping and finalising our report on progress towards equality and human rights in Wales.
Equality & Human Rights Exchange Conference
The conference was held on 10th June 2015 in Llandrindod Wells; A conference report will be published shortly.
Annual Human Rights Lecture - Islamophobia: a human rights perspective
The lecture explored the scale and impact of Islamophobia in Wales and how this relates to the Human Rights Act. Watch a video of Dr Chris Allen's lecture.
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Tackling negative attitudes and hostility towards Muslim people in Wales
Today, the Equality and Human Rights Commission Wales, in partnership with Cardiff University, is holding its Annual Human Rights Lecture. It will explore the impact of negative attitudes and hostility towards Muslim people and the relationship between discrimination and human rights.
Spring Equality and Human Rights Exchange events
- 10 March 2015 - Colwyn Bay
- 26 March 2015 - Cardiff
Equality Exchange Network Events: September & October 2014 in Nantgarw, St David's and Wrexham
Members had the opportunity to discuss EHRC research and monitoring of the PSED in Wales and the Commission's Inquiry into Religion and Belief.
EHRC Wales Committee completes its fact finding journey around Wales
On Wednesday 21 May the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Wales Committee held its 28th meeting, at Flintshire County Hall in Mold.
Equality and Human Rights Commission and Welsh Government sign Concordat
This week, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Welsh Government signed a Concordat that set out an agreed approach for an effective relationship between the two organisations.
Who Runs Wales? 2014 Report Launched
New report reveals 'a lost decade' in attempts to get more women into top jobs in Wales
Consultation on EHRC litigation strategy
The Commission launched a consultation on our litigation strategy. The litigation strategy sets the agenda for our legal work.
An consultation event was held on Thursday 20th November when we heard hear views from individuals and organisations about human rights and equality priorities and about how to encourage appropriate referral of strategic legal cases.
The consultation will ran in parallel with a selection process for the Commission's Panel of Approved Counsel.
Equality and Human Rights Exchange Annual Conference 2014
Wednesday 4th June 2014 Llandrindod Wells
The 2014 Conference will helped delegates to position equality and human rights in ways that increase the chance of commitments translating into action and steps being taken today rather than postponed till tomorrow.
Annual Lecture explores mental ill health and human rights
On Tuesday 10 December, the Equality and Human Rights Commission is held its Annual Human Rights Lecture as part of the events taking place across the world to mark International Human Rights Day
New guidance launched to help employers support staff experiencing domestic abuse
New guidance is launched today to help employers manage and support employees affected by domestic abuse, which one in four women will experience at some point in their lifetime.
Guidance on building a fairer Wales
>The Equality and Human Rights Commission has today published Technical Guidance to assist public authorities in using the Public Sector Equality Duty Wales as a tool to improve public services in Wales. The new guidance will also assist courts and tribunals in passing judgement on issues of equality law.
The Autumn events, 'Are the duties improving public services yet,' were held on
- 14th November 2013 - Neath Port Talbot College
- 19th November 2013 - Caerphilly County Borough Council
- 21st November 2013 - Flintshire County Council
On Tuesday 10 December, the Equality and Human Rights Commission Wales held its Annual Human Rights Lecture as part of the events taking place across the world to mark International Human Rights Day.
The Spring events, Using the census to promote equality, were held on
- 27th February 2013 - Carmarthen
- 5th March 2013 - Pontypridd
- 7th March 2013 - Deeside College
The Equality and Human Rights Commission Wales' annual Equality Exchange Conference was held in Llandrindod Wells on 5th June.
EHRC Wales Commissioner calls for stronger focus on equality and human rights
Equality and Human Rights Commissioner for Wales Ann Beynon today (Tuesday 6 November) said that it is more important than ever that a strong equality and human rights agenda is taken forward in Wales.
Welsh Government EIA of the Draft Budget presented to the Commission
Finance Minister Jane Hutt today presented the Welsh Government’s Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) of the 2013-14 Draft Budget to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
What are the key human rights challenges in Wales?
The Equality and Human Rights Commission in Wales is holding its Annual Human Rights Lecture on Tuesday 2 October. Baroness Nuala O'Loan, who is a leading international human rights expert, will be setting out what she considers to be the human rights challenges facing Wales. The Lecture, in Cardiff, has been arranged to coincide with the Commission's 5th anniversary and the 3rd anniversary of a major Commission Inquiry into human rights in Britain.
Commission and Welsh Government produce guidance for Local Authorities regarding single sex sevices
The Welsh Government and the Equality and Human Rights Commission have produced a short guidance note for Local Authorities in Wales to assist in meeting the public sector equality duty and help to clarify the situation regarding single sex services.
Around 100 delegates attended the ‘Making the case for mental health awareness’ event in November 2012, which demonstrates the relevance and high level of interest in managing mental health in the work setting.
This set of Equality Exchange Regional events will focus on the sharing of effective practice of equality monitoring and consulting with members what a strong and distinct equality agenda for Wales would look like.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission in Wales is delighted to invite you to our annual human rights lecture on the 2 October 2012, given by Baroness Nuala O’Loan, DBE and hosted by the Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales, Rosemary Butler AM.
13 June 2012
Registration 9.30am for 10.00am start
The conference agenda was packed full of interactive workshops and exciting speakers such as Dr Jo Farrar CEO Bridgend County Council, Phil Bushby Director of HR and Estates, DVLA and Chief Constable Carmel Napier Gwent Police.
We are all engaged in driving change to promote equality and human rights and enable our organisations to deliver positive outcomes for the people of Wales. More than ever we need to plan ahead to maximise opportunities, utilise the tools available to us and meet the challenges of diminishing resources.
Equality Exchange Network Events: March 2012 - Delivering the specific duties with confidence
- Friday 24 February – Llandudno
- Tuesday 13 March – Cardiff
- Tuesday 27 March – Carmarthen
This set of Equality Exchange Regional events built on the specific duties workshops held in December and increased confidence in delivering the duties. We looked at Equality Impact Assessment and sharing some learning with you from events we held with finance directors on equality Impact assessing budgets.
North Wales organisations unite in tackling domestic abuse
On Thursday 29 September, more than 30 organisations from across North Wales will be coming together at an event to encourage action on tackling domestic abuse.
'A living hell': evidence shows harassment is a common experience for many disabled people.
The findings from our formal inquiry launched today reveal that disability harassment is a common experience for many disabled people living in Wales. It is widespread and a culture of disbelief has prevented public authorities from dealing with it effectively.
Think you know Wales? Think again...
A landmark report released today by the Equality and Human Rights Commission in collaboration with the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) looks at the facts about economic inequality in Wales in a new and challenging way.
2011 Annual Human Rights Lecture
The Commission is delighted to announce that Dame Anne Owers is delivering the 2011 Equality and Human Rights Commissions Annual Human Rights Lecture. Formerly Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons, Dame Owers is the Chair of Clinks which supports voluntary sector organisations working with offenders and their families.
New Equality Duties get the green light from the National Assembly
On Tuesday 29 March, the National Assembly unanimously approved the new specific duties for Wales. These come into effect on April 6. The specific duties are designed to help public bodies to implement the GB-wide general duty effectively. The new general duty comes into effect on April 5.
100 years of International Women’s Day - Women still lack power and influence in Wales
As 100 years of International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world, a new report finds that women remain severely under-represented in positions of power and influence in Wales. The Commission’s Who Runs Wales? 2011 report looks at ten areas of Welsh life, including politics, local government, health and the private sector in order to assess the gender balance at decision-making tables in Wales.
Domestic abuse is your business conference
The Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Welsh Assembly Government have hosted a half-day conference called Domestic abuse is your business. Domestic abuse isn’t confined to the home when victims walk out the door and go to work – 75% of women who experience domestic abuse are harassed in the workplace. One in four women experience domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime and it costs businesses £2.7billion in lost economic output across Wales and the UK every year.
- Tuesday 6 December - Wrexham
- Tuesday 13 December - Cardiff
- Wednesday 14 December - Swansea
This set of Equality Exchange Regional events built on the specific duties workshops held in September. The day aimed to ensure that members feel confident in delivering the specific duties and using them to achieve positive outcomes.
- Thursday 6 October 2011, 10am - 3.30pm,Swansea
- Thursday 13 October 2011, 10am - 3.30pm, Wrexham
'Hidden in plain sight' sets out the findings of our inquiry into disability related harassment: What is the impact of disability harassment on daily life? What needs to change for people to lead confident lives? How can we develop partnerships that respond effectively to harassment, support disabled people and prevent incidents in the first place?
29 September 2011
The Welsh Government and Equality and Human Rights Commission jointly hosted a ‘domestic abuse is your business’ half day conference.
Speakers included Ann Beynon (EHRC Commissioner and Director BT Wales) Stuart McKenna (Diversity Manager for the Co-operative Group) and Jan Pickles (NSPCC Wales).
On 5 April this year, the new public sector equality duty came into force covering all public authorities and those carrying out a public function, and on 6 April, specific duties for devolved public authorities in Wales also came into effect. The aim of the day was to encourage members to get started on the duties by sharing information and experience with each other.
Events took place between 10am and 3pm on the following dates at the following locations across Wales:
- Tuesday 13 September - Rhyl
- Monday 19 September - Barry
- Wednesday 21 September - Swansea
Wednesday 8 June
This year’s Equality Exchange Network annual conference theme was ‘Meet the Challenge, Lead the Change'. Keynote speakers included Bill Kerry co-founder of The Equality Trust (the organisation behind production of ‘The Spirit Level’) and Wayne Gwilym from Rockwool.
Thursday 12 May 2011
The Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a groundbreaking new report An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in Wales. This event offered the opportunity to hear and discuss key findings from the report. It was chaired by Professor Teresa Rees with presentations from Kate Bennett and authors of the report.
Wednesday 11 May
The Commission was delighted to invite you to hear Dame Anne Owers OBE. Formerly Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons, Dame Owers is now the Chair of ‘Clinks’ which supports voluntary sector organisations working with offenders and their families.
Facts about Wales conference
Setting a new agenda – using the evidence
29 March - Cardiff
31 March - Conwy
Facts about Wales explored the findings of two landmark reports; How Fair is Wales? and Economic Inequality in Wales. Over the past generation we've seen huge steps in tackling discrimination and changing attitudes across Wales, yet our ambitions still exceed our achievements. The evidence set out in the reports will be vital in assisting all of us to assess whether policies are increasing or decreasing fairness.
16 February 2011
A joint half-day conference called Domestic abuse is your business has been held in Swansea between the Commission and the Welsh Assembly Government.
Monday 17 January 2011
Facilitated by Guardian columnist Juliet Jacques, and Romani journalist Jake Bowers and chaired by Andy Collinson (ITV Wales). This workshop will gave journalists and programme-makers an opportunity to hear first hand from people most likely to experience discrimination in Wales, and to reflect on their experiences.
Tuesday 18 January — Carmarthen,
Thursday 20 January — Bangor
Wednesday 26 January — Cardiff
At our events in January, we looked at equality impact assessments and the potential impact of cuts on protected groups. We looked at particular concerns you are experiencing in your organisation.
Landmark report 'How Fair is Britain?' offers a groundbreaking opportunity to look at 'How Fair is Wales'
A landmark report released today by the Equality and Human Rights Commission brings together for the first time all available information to answer the question, 'How Fair is Britain?' The data in the report also offers a groundbreaking opportunity to look at 'How Fair is Wales?'
Equality Act - small changes that will make a big difference
Kate Bennett, National Director for Wales, Equality and Human Rights Commission, has welcomed the introduction of the Equality Act saying it brings “small changes that will make a big difference to people’s lives”.
What’s been happening with the DHFI in Wales.
The Commission is undertaking an inquiry into disability-related harassment and how well this is currently being addressed by public authorities. We are examining how disabled people, their family, friends and carers who have experienced harassment have been supported, or not, by public authorities.
Violence, abuse, bullying: an untold story of disabled people living in Wales
Commission calls in evidence on disability-related harassment
Today the Equality and Human Rights Commission is calling on disabled people to tell us about the disability-related violence and abuse they experience in their daily lives.
Commission welcomes landmark equality legislation
The Equality and Human Rights Commission today welcomed the passing of the Equality Bill, which received Royal Assent today. It contains a series of measures for tackling inequalities which the Commission considers will help Britain to become a fairer society.
New Commissioner calls on political leaders to elect for equality
The new Equality and Human Rights Commissioner for Wales Ann Beynon has written to all party leaders in Wales reminding them of their responsibility to put fairness and fair play before short-term political gain.
Commission outlines new gender pay reporting proposals
Employers that choose to analyse and report publicly their gender pay gaps will receive limited immunity from investigation, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has announced today.
- Wednesday 24 November - Newport
- Tuesday 7 December - Wrexham
Not just another statistic is a report, following research into the life experiences of Gypsy Travellers, asylum seekers and refugees, transgender people and people with a mental health condition living in Wales.
- Thursday 23 September - Swansea
- Wednesday 29 September - Rhyl, North Wales
- Friday 1 October - Cardiff
As you know the Equality Act is coming. Key parts of this landmark piece of legislation will come into force in October. In response to the feedback we have received from many of you over the past few months, we will include in our next set of regional equality exchange events discussion of the Equality Act and what it will mean in practice for you and your organisations.
Wednesday 9th June 2010
Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells
Keynote speakers including Teresa Rees, Michael Cashman and Irwin Turbitt shared their experiences of how to drive change to deliver equality.
Thursday 25th March 2010
Plas Pentwyn, Wrexham
Why does equality matter? This event looked at the evidence across equality strands via reseach and inspections.
- Wednesday 27 January - NHS Centre for Equality and Human Rights, Llanharan
- Tuesday 2 February - Betsi Cadwalader Local Health Board, Wrexham
- Wednesday 3 February - Aberystwyth University
This set of Regional Equality Exchange events gave you the opportunity to discuss new and better ways of managing 2 key work place issues - staff with mental health conditions and also staff experiencing domestic abuse.
25 February 10 - The Depot Studio, Swansea
Building on from our research report Equality issues in Wales this event looked at the evidence on inequality in employment. Through a combination of presentations and expert sessions we asked what works to promote equality.
Commission to hold Inquiry into harassment of disabled people
The Equality and Human Rights Commission today announced that it is to conduct a Formal Inquiry into disability related harassment in England and Wales.
New EHRC Commissioners appointed
Harriet Harman, Minister for Women and Equality, today announced new Commissioners for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Equality and Devolution: The First Ten Years and Moving Forward
Just days before the All-Wales Conventions report, a new study has found that under devolution strides have been taken towards equality, and equality has given strength to devolution. Equal Opportunities and Human Rights: The First Decade of Devolution by Dr Paul Chaney of Cardiff University was commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Wales.
Commission calls for a new agenda in the downturn
Kate Bennett, National Director for Wales at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, today said that equality issues need to move up the public agenda during the current economic downturn.
Human rights the key to dignity and respect for the voiceless
A major Inquiry by the Commission has found that the vast majority of people (81%) believe that human rights can play a central role in creating a fairer society for all, including the voiceless, and where human rights principles are put at the heart of public services, they lead to improvements.
New report highlights shocking lack of women in positions of power and influence in Wales
The Commissions Who Runs Wales? 2009 report looks at ten areas of Welsh life, including politics, health, and the private sector in order to assess the gender balance at decision-making tables in Wales.
Young people challenging prejudice take to the limelight
At the BAFTAs and the Golden Globes, Kate Winslet was the name on everyones lips, but in Wales this weekend its five schoolchildren who will be stealing the show on our cinema screens.
New report finds serious gaps in services for women who have experienced violence
A new report by the Commission and the End Violence Against Women Coalition has highlighted serious gaps in the services available to women in Wales who have experienced violence.
Commission launches guide for small businesses on managing the downturn
The Commission today launched a short tailored guide to the downturn for small businesses. The guide contains advice on flexible working as an alternative to losing staff and understanding the law around redundancy.
8th December 09 - Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea
By holding a joint conference we explored what violence against women is, why violence against women is a workplace and campus issue and how we can work together to change attitudes.
- 2 December - Liberty Stadium, Swansea
- 4 December - Venue Cymru, Llandudno
The UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities was ratified by the UK Government on 8th June 2009. The Convention is the first international treaty of the 21st Century, reaffirming disabled peoples human rights and spelling out positive steps Governments are expected to take.
- Tuesday 3 November - Carmarthenshire County Council
- Wednesday 4 November - Newport University
- Thursday 5 November - North Wales Police
This round of Equality Exchange regional events gave the opportunity to participate in the Welsh Assembly Governments Listening Exercise. Building on previous discussions, attendees were invited to tell us which public sector duties would be most effective in delivering equality.
Equal Opportunities and Human Rights: The First Decade of Devolution in Wales
Wednesday 11 November 2009 - Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University
Dr Paul Chaney delivered the Commissions first Annual Lecture on Wednesday 11th November 2009 at the Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University.
1st - 8th August 2009
The Commission in Wales headed off to the National Eisteddfod in Gwynedd on August 1st for a week-long celebration of Welsh culture. With over 160,000 people attending the festival, 9000 more than last years event in Cardiff, our stand proved to be a great way of getting our message out to a new and varied audience.
Monday 6th July 2009
Liberty Stadium, Swansea
This was the second human rights summit in Wales. This event, The Journey of Human Rights, explored ways to overcome the barriers associated with implementing a human rights approach in public services.
June 10th 2009
The Commission welcomed members of the Wales Equality Exchange network to its 2nd annual conference in Llandrindod Wells. The theme of the conference was confidently promoting equality with key speakers looking at how we can continue improvement and deliver value for money in the economic downturn.
Strategic funding surgeries
15th May - Cardiff
18th May - Wrexham
22nd May - Carmarthenshire
The introduction of the new "Strategic Funding Programme included a series of local funding events held across Wales from the 15th to the 22nd May 2009.
23/04/09 - Swansea
24/04/09 - Wrexham County Borough Council
The next round of Equality Exchange regional events focused on where we are with the Public Sector Duties in their current form and whether they have had an impact on equality outcomes for people in Wales?
10/03/09 - Llandudno
24/03/09 - Swansea
Equalities should be at the heart of public service delivery in Wales. This conference explored how equalities evidence and research will ensure improvements in the services provided and have a positive impact on the people in Wales.
19/03/09 - Cardiff
The Equality and Human Rights Commission hosted the biggest conversation on human rights in Wales.
Welsh authors mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Public authorities key to ensuring dignity for all
The Commission in Wales has highlighted the crucial role that public authorities have in ensuring that disability equality is at the heart of modern-day life. This comes ahead of the International Day of Disabled People.
Gender pay gap widening in Wales
The Office of National Statistics has today (Friday 14 November) released figures showing that the full-time gender pay gap in Wales has risen to 12.7%, up from 10.3% in 2007s report.
Commission challenges people in Wales 'Who do you see?'
The Commission is today challenging people to 'think again' before putting negative labels on people based purely on their appearances, backgrounds or lifestyles.
Equality the key to a better society for all, says new legal head
The Commission in Wales has appointed Newport-born solicitor Eleanor Williams as its Head of Legal.
Human Rights top the bill at Eisteddfod gig
Tonight Cerys Matthews headlines a one-off live music special at the National Eisteddfod. The sell-out gig is sponsored by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Amnesty International and will promote human rights in Wales.
Prejudice gets children animated
Today the Commission launches the Welsh-language version of a new animated campaign film: Your choice.
New rights means a better journey for disabled travellers
Today the Commission in Wales will join Patrick Duffy, Managing Director of Cardiff international Airport and Andy Klom, Head of the Wales European Office at an event hosted by Cardiff Airport to launch a new deal for disabled travellers.
Press release: Prejudice gets children in Wales animated
Today the Commission in Wales launches a new animated campaign film- Your choice. The film is based on the winning ideas of Year 6 pupils of Coryton Primary School in Cardiff.
Winners announced for animation competition
The Commission in Wales is delighted to announce the winners of the Croeso Projects animation competition.
Commission awards £10 million funding to organisations across Britain
The Commission is announcing its first grants programme today - awarding more than Â£10 million worth of funding to organisations across England, Scotland and Wales to promote the values of fairness and good relations.
Travellers put their case in Assembly
Gypsies and Travellers from around Wales came to the National Assembly for Wales today to put their case for a new deal between the countrys settled and travelling communities.
First-ever Human Rights summit in Wales
Today over 150 people will attend a ground-breaking Human Rights Summit in Wales to discuss key challenges in putting human rights at the heart of Welsh public services.
Last Updated: 30 Jul 2015