Past events

Read about Commission events over the past year and beyond.

2013 events

Spring Equality Exchange events

The next round events, Using the census to promote equality, are being held on

  • 27th February 2013 - Carmarthen
  • 5th March 2013 - Pontypridd
  • 7th March 2013 - Deeside College

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.

2012 events

Equality Exchange Network events: October 2012

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.

Annual human rights lecture 

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.

Equality Exchange Network Conference 2012 - Driving Change: Achieving Impact

13 June 2012
Registration 9.30am for 10.00am start

Llandrindod Wells

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.

2011 events

Equality Exchange Network Events: December 2011 - Delivering the specific duties with confidence

  • 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.

Hidden in plain sight

  • 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?

'Domestic abuse is your business' half day conference 2011

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).

Equality Exchange Network Events - Getting started on the specific duties

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

Equality Exchange Network Annual Conference

Wednesday 8 June
Llandrindod Wells

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.

Launch of an Anatomy of Economic Inequality in Wales

Thursday 12 May 2011
Cardiff University

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.

Equality and Human Rights Commission - Annual Lecture

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.

Domestic abuse is your business half day conference

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.

Not just another statistic: A workshop for journalists and programme-makers

Monday 17 January 2011
Central Cardiff

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.

Equality Exchange regional events - January 2011

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.

2010 events

'Not just another statistic' launch in North and South Wales

  • 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.

Equality Exchange Network Regional Events 2010

  • 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.

Equality Exchange Conference 2010 - No challenge too big, no solution too small

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.

Unequal Wales: Evidence and Action - Health

Thursday 25th March 2010
Plas Pentwyn, Wrexham

Why does equality matter? This event looked at the evidence across equality strands via reseach and inspections.

Equality Exchange regional events 2010

  • 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.

Unequal Wales- evidence and action: education

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.

2009 events

NUS Wales, Wales TUC and EHRC joint violence against women conference

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.

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - What Does it Mean for Me?

  • 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.

A new agenda for the public sector? - New specific duties for Wales and taking forward Human Rights

  • 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.

Equality and Human Rights Commission First Annual Lecture

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.

National Eisteddfod of Wales

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.

The Journey of Human Rights

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.

Equality Exchange Conference 09

June 10th 2009
Llandrindod Wells

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.

Public Sector Duties - The next step

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?

Towards Equality- the Evidence 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.

Conversation Dinner

19/03/09 - Cardiff

The Equality and Human Rights Commission hosted the biggest conversation on human rights in Wales.

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