September 2011

Welcome to the September edition of the Commission's email newsletter, Equality and Human Rights News

Disability Harassment Inquiry

'Hidden in plain sight' report

On 12 September we launched 'Hidden in plain sight', the final report of our inquiry into disability-related harassment. This groundbreaking inquiry reveals that hundreds of thousands of disabled people regularly experience harassment or abuse but a culture of disbelief is preventing public authorities from tackling it effectively. As well as reporting on the extent of harassment, the report also includes ten very serious case studies and makes recommendations to public authorities to help them deal with the problems uncovered. We streamed a live video from the launch event, which is now available to view on our website.
Read more about the Disability Harassment Inquiry

Equal Rights, Equal Respect 

New free training and education resources

Equal Rights, Equal Respect is a set of free online teacher training and education resources to help teach Key Stage 3 students about equality and human rights. It includes three unique short films, directed and produced with young people, which explore the negative consequences of discriminatory and harmful behaviour, 12 fantastic lesson plan ideas and lots more resources including teacher training materials.
Read more about Equal Rights, Equal Respect

PM's call for more women directors

Commission response

In response to the Prime Minister's call for more women to sit on the boards of Britain's biggest companies, a Commission spokesperson said: 'Britain needs a better gender balance in its boardrooms and in politics. Our Sex and Power report revealed that more than 5,400 women are missing from Britain's 26,000 most powerful posts as they are still being passed over for top jobs.'
Read more about our response to the call for more women directors

Gender Equality Reporting

New Government voluntary scheme

In response to the Government's new framework voluntary gender equality reporting scheme, Commissioner Kay Carberry said: 'Many women are still not getting equal pay with men even though they are doing equal or similar work. Pay transparency helps to reduce that gap. Pay transparency helps to reduce that gap. The Government's Voluntary Gender Equality reporting initiative is a step in the right direction.'
Read more about the gender equality reporting scheme

More news

Chief Executive takes role as a visiting professor

Mark Hammond, Chief Executive of the Commission, has been appointed as visiting professor in Public Administration at Canterbury Christ Church University. The position recognises Mr Hammond’s 25 years of public service in central and local government and his current role at the Commission.
Read more about Mark Hammond's new role

Human right to obstetric care

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) has upheld a complaint brought against Brazil on behalf of a woman who died following a stillbirth because of inadequate medical attention. The ruling establishes that governments must provide pregnant women with adequate and appropriate maternal health services.
Read more about the CEDAW Committee ruling

Human Rights Review - tell us your story

As part of our work on the Human Rights Review, we are seeking positive examples of how human rights have been used to improve the way public services are managed and delivered. We are also interested in real life cases of how human rights have been used to deal with the difficult situations that you, as an individual, may have experienced.
Read more about the Human Rights Review

Race Discrimination Convention

The UK submitted its last biennial report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in February 2010. In September 2011, the United Nations published its concluding observations on the UK Government's record on race equality, following an examination of the UK Government's compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in August. The Commission submitted a shadow report to the Committee and gave evidence during the examination process.
Read more about the Race Discrimination Convention

Financial Services Inquiry

We initiated an Inquiry into sex discrimination and unequal pay in the financial services sector in 2009. Our follow on report concentrates on three key themes: transparency of reward, the management of gender inequalities and effective engagement with employees who are also parents and includes recommendations to reduce gender inequalities and improve business performance.
Read more about the Financial Services Inquiry

Scotland news

Protecting Workplace Equality

Glasgow, 27 October 2011
This free event hosted by the Commission and the Scottish Employment Rights Network will cover: approaches to resolving disputes at the earliest opportunity; changes to the employment tribunal service; decisions made by tribunals under the new equality act and how to go beyond employment tribunal decisions.
Read more about the Protecting Workplace Equality event

Mitigating action within Scottish public bodies

The Commission in Scotland has recently commissioned a study looking at the impact Equality Impact Assessments have had in reducing negative impact of policy changes on equality groups.
Read more about Mitigating action within Scottish public bodies

Wales news

'Hidden in plain sight' events

Swansea, 6 October and Wrexham, 13 October
These free events will set out the findings of the Wales report of our Inquiry into disability related harassment and will explore our recommendations and how to take them forward.
Read more about the 'Hidden in plain sight' events

Upcoming events

A new approach to disability-related harassment? The EHRC's recommendations and implications

1 November, Westminster, London
This Westminster Briefing seminar will examine our recently launched Disability Harassment Inquiry report, give attendees a clear understanding of its implications and offer practical guidance on how to better tackle the abuse and harassment of disabled people.
Read more about the Westminster Briefing seminar

Naidex South: Meet the Commission

19-20 October, ExCel, London
Naidex South is the homecare, disability and rehabilitation exhibition for London and the South East. Under new European law, if you are disabled or have difficulty moving around you can receive assistance when you fly to and from Europe, including domestic flights. Come along to talk to a Commission legal expert who can give you help and advice on air travel issues.
Read more about Naidex

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