Creating a fairer Britain
Read about Commission events over the past year and beyond.
Spring Equality Exchange events
The next round events, Using the census to promote equality, are being held on
A Fresh Approach To Fairness: Using the 2011 Census
The Equality and Human Rights Commission Wales' annual Equality Exchange Conference will this year be held in Llandrindod Wells on 5th June.
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.
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.
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.
'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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.