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week beginning 14th January (now published as Equality Updates 17th January)

Glasgow Equality Forum

Training: How can Participation Requests promote equality in Glasgow?
Thursday 28th February, 9.30am – 12.30pm, Carlton Learning and Heritage Centre, G40 1AG.  Participation requests remain an under-used power in Glasgow, and is potentially a powerful resource for equality groups and communities to influence decision-makers. This free half day training event will be facilitated by Andrew Paterson, Policy and Research Officer at the Scottish Community Development Centre.   To book your place, email lorraine@crer.org.uk with your name, organisation, contact details and any access or dietary needs.  If you have any queries, please contact Lorraine by email or telephone on 0141 4186535. More information.

Scottish Refugee Council

Out in Maryhill
Some people think that getting refugee status will bring an end to people’s anxieties but in reality it marks the start of more challenges.

 

Social Security Scotland

Our Charter What you can expect from the Scottish Government and Social Security Scotland

Four new benefits to help Scottish families in 2019

Inclusion Scotland

Inclusion Scotland young disabled people’s survey

Holyrood Magazine

How hostile environment immigration policy reaches into every area of UK society
Increasing numbers of professionals – from lecturers to social workers to midwives – are finding themselves thrust into the unwanted role of border guards

Operation Black Vote

Italian Senator convicted for racist remarks towards Cecile Kyenge

Human Rights Consortium Scotland

Impact of Loss of EU Funds on Equalities and Human Rights

The Women’s Centre Glasgow

Course In Mobile Video Journalism
4th April for six weeks.  Learn how to create media stories and share them with your mobile phone. A great opportunity to gain a qualification with CanalCraft, tutored by the University of the West of Scotland. This course will teach you how to create journalism stories and how to share them for maximum impact. It’s a brilliant chance to improve your skills and build your CV.
Contact 0141 576 1400 info@womenscentreglasgow.org.uk

Outspoken Arts

Bogha-Frois: LGBT+ Voices in Folk
3rd February, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Taking its name from the Gaelic word for rainbow, this showcase concert is the culmination of a 2018 project for Scottish LGBT+ folk musicians, aimed at creating new work from their personal stories and community perspective.

Equality Network

Deaf & LGBTI participants needed for a new film
Equality Network are looking for participants to talk about their experiences with services in Scotland and we want to get as wide a range of people as possible. If you are interested in taking part, or have any questions, please email rowan@equality-network.org before Friday 1st February 2019.

Glasgow Council For The Voluntary Sector

Health and Social Care integration – where next? Audit Scotland review
4th February. Glasgow

 

Scottish Government

NHSScotland Confidential Alert Line: Six month review report

Mental Health Law in Scotland: A Guide to Named Persons

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Disability Benefits Consortium

DBC responds to Amber Rudd statement on UC

Disability News Service

Rudd has not delayed roll out of universal credit, DWP confirms

Operation Black Vote

ELLE Magazine: Young, Gifted, and Black

Racism on the Increase in ‘Hostile Britain’

 

week beginning 7th January (now published, with EXTRA content in the Equality Updates newsletter 10th January)

Close The Gap

Where are disabled women in the Scottish Government’s Disability Employment Plan?

Stonewall Scotland

Stonewall Scotland report reveals impact of discrimination on health of LGBT people

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Equality Commission links with Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to promote disability access

CHEX (Community Health Exchange)

Rights into Reality: Human rights and community-led health conference
6th February, 10am – 3.30pm, Glasgow G2 6AE. Join the CHEX team to explore how community-led health organisations can use human rights in their work improving health, addressing inequalities and making a difference to communities across Scotland..

Glasgow Disability Alliance

Healthier Glasgow for Disabled People
16th January, 10am – 4pm. Mental Health – Housing – Health Services – Social Care – Tackling Isolation.  Come and Find out all about Glasgow’s Plans for the next 3 years. Speak directly to the people in charge and have your say. Share your experiences and tell us what you think!

LEAP Sports

Beyond Binaries celebrates first year

Scottish Refugee Council

New asylum accommodation contracts announced

New Year, New Challenges

Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES)

Extending the 1+2 Language Strategy: Complementary schools and their role in heritage language learning in Scotland

Upcoming Seminar: Supporting BME, Migrant and Refugee Children’s Transitions to Primary School
31st January, 3pm to 5pm, Edinburgh

Scottish Women’s Convention

Menopause Conference
Saturday 2nd February, 10am – 1.30pm, Glasgow. Attendees will hear from a range of speakers with experience of and expertise in the menopause. You will also have the opportunity to participate in roundtable discussions, which will focus on topics such as: Symptoms and Treatment; Support and understanding from medical professionals; Support and understanding from employers. To register for this free event you can email info@scottishwomensconvention.org, or call 0141 339 4797. If you have any questions about this conference, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Engender

On Faith and Feminism
Rose Richmond is a 21 year old graduate from Stirling University. She blogs here about finding her faith, the misconceptions facing Muslim women.

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Network Rail Scotland

Glasgow Employers Diversity Forum
28th January, 1pm -2pm.  The Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Network Rail Scotland invites you to a re-launch event of the Glasgow Employers Diversity Forum. Most colleagues felt that the forum served a useful purpose for sharing good practice and solutions to pertinent issues on equality, diversity and inclusion. However, the forum over the past 2-3 years had become dormant. We believe the time is apt for re-launching this network. At our first meeting, we will be looking at the implications of the #metoo movement. Our guest speaker is David Hoey Partner for BTO Solicitors LLP.  To register click here. If you are unable to attend but would like to be kept informed of future meetings please inform: naseem.anwar@networkrail.co.uk

Scottish Women’s Aid

LGBT People’s Experiences of Domestic Abuse
23rd January
‘Another Brick in the Wall?’ – Scotland, Domestic Abuse and the Role of Education
30th January
BME Women’s Experiences of Gender Based Violence
15th February
Annual Conference: ‘The Blame Game’ – Domestic abuse in society, policy and practice
8th March, Edinburgh

Human Rights Consortium Scotland

HRCS Members’ Roundtable, 12th March, central Edinburgh
This roundtable will include looking at:
the recent First Minister’s Advisory Group on Leadership in Human Rights recommendations around incorporating UN treaty rights into Scots law;
the Scottish Parliament Equalities and Human Rights Committee report ‘Getting Rights Right: Human Rights and the Scottish Parliament’;
where things are at with Brexit & any impact upon human rights in Scotland;
the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Philip Alston’s visit to the UK.

Women’s History Scotland

Opening the Door to Westminster: Remembering Eunice Guthrie Murray, Scotland’s First Female Parliamentary Candidate

‘After the Suffrage Victory: A Forgotten Suffragist from Clydebank’

Scottish Government

Fairer Scotland Action Plan: Progress Report 2018

Social Security Experience Panels: Annual Report 2018

draft Equally Safe Child Rights and Well-being Impact Assessment

Developing the Scottish Social Security Charter: co-design in action

Tackling social isolation and loneliness
World-leading strategy to connect our communities

A meal for every child at funded early learning and childcare sessions
Major new Scottish Government scheme delivers healthy food, outdoor play & living wage in childcare.

Information and advice for EU citizens
Scotland’s Citizens Advice network will provide a new advice service to European citizens in Scotland affected by changes in the immigration rules as a result of Brexit.

Equality Network

Deaf & LGBTI participants needed for a new film
We are looking for participants to talk about their experiences with services in Scotland and we want to get as wide a range of people as possible. If you are interested in taking part, or have any questions, please email rowan@equality-network.org before Friday 1st February. There is a BSL/subtitled version of this announcement in the film on our Facebook page @equalitynetwork

Glasgow Women’s Library

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS! Our Space, Our Place: Creating Ecofeminism
Saturday 30th March. We invite proposals for 20-minute contributions from women with an interest in researching, understanding and describing women and ecology, women and the land and ecofeminism. We welcome proposals for academic papers in language accessible to the non- expert, performances, monologues, readings, presentations, workshops, demonstrations, film showings and any other original, interactive suggestions.

Scottish Government Consultations

Consultation on Scottish Charity Law Closes 1 Apr 2019

Consultation on protective orders for people at risk of domestic abuse Closes 29 Mar 2019

Good Food Nation Proposals for Legislation  Closes 29 Mar 2019

Consultation on Prisoner Voting Closes 8 Mar 2019

Complaints Handling, Investigations and Misconduct Issues in relation to Policing: Independent Review Closes 13 Mar 2019

Improving Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and interventions for victims of domestic abuse Closes 2 Mar 2019

Consultation on Scottish Hate Crime Legislation Closes 24 Feb 2019

Clinical Pathways and Guidance for Healthcare Professionals Working to Support Adults who Present Having Experienced Rape or Sexual Assault in Scotland Closes 30th January

King’s Theatre

Glasgow Girls
15 – 19th January, King’s Theatre Glasgow. The life-affirming, song-and-dance-filled, Scottish musical drama, based on the true story of seven feisty Glaswegian teenagers, whose lives change forever when their school friend and her asylum-seeking family are forcibly taken from their home to be deported. They are galvanised to fight for her rights, inspiring a whole community to unite behind its residents. Edinburgh Fringe sell-out 2016 – winner of Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award

Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD)

The Route to Employment for People with Learning Disabilities in Scotland

Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector

Employers’ Question Time
Wednesday 23rd January (morning).  Throw your employment law and HR questions on any topic at a panel of friendly employment lawyers. Before the panel session we have a briefing on what small employers should be doing now to prepare for Brexit, plus a general employment law update. Book Employers’ Question Time here.

Child Poverty Action Group In Scotland

Latest training and events ebulletin is available

Fawcett

Women Demand Bread & Roses! Women’s March 2019
19th January, London

Friends, Families and Travellers

Will The NHS Long Term Plan Improve The Lives Of Gypsy, Roma And Traveller Communities?

Roma community to be recognised in the 2021 Census

Open Democracy 50.50

Excluded, stereotyped and abused: where do women stand in UK politics today?

Barnardo’s

School stress and Brexit fears top list of worries for children in 2019

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Supporting shift workers with caring responsibilities

Institute of Race Relations

Unravelling The Concept Of Unconscious Bias

Equinet – European Network of Equality Bodies

Extending the Agenda. Equality Bodies addressing Hate Speech

Istanbul Convention: Preventing and Combating Violence against Women

Equality in the classroom: Equality bodies and gender equality in education

Disability News Service

Ministerial disability group met just three times… and then was scrapped

Operation Black Vote

The Changing Face of US Politics

Refugee Council

Refugee Council response to channel crossing news

Refugee Council responds to Home Secretary’s comments about Channel arrivals

British Religion In Numbers

Counting Religion in Britain, No. 39, December 2018

Show Racism The Red Card

Film: ‘Immigration – What’s the Story?’
a short educational film featuring professional footballers and members of society sharing their beliefs, and personal experiences, of immigration and the impact of immigration on the UK.

UK Government

Government announces new Code of Practice to tackle sexual harassment at work

 

week beginning 10th December (now published, with EXTRA content in the Equality Updates newsletter 13th December)

10th December – International Human Rights Day
#standup4humanrights

Scottish Human Rights Commission
#AllOurRights10 videos on Youtube
Stories of progress on human rights in Scotland,
marking ten years of the Scottish Human Rights Commission.  

Scottish Refugee Council
70 years of protecting human lives
Reflections on the history and relevance of the world’s
most translated document – the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Scottish Women’s Rights Centre

NEW Civil Damages Legal Guide
Today we release our new legal guide on pursuing claims for civil damages for victim-survivors of gender-based violence.

Scottish Government

An Equality and Fairer Scotland assessment of proposed spending plans by ministerial portfolios to accompany the Scottish Budget for 2019 to 2020.

COSLA

Value of Local Government services not recognised in budget – says COSLA

Glasgow Disability Alliance

Social Care: Glasgow Deserves Better
GDA urge councillors to take a stand for Human Rights

GDA ask Glasgow City Council and Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership to reject Paper 6 at Glasgow IJB meeting 12th December: Resource Allocation for Adults Eligible for Social Care Support: Updated Policy Framework

Scottish Parliament

Justice Sub-Committee on Policing 06 December 2018
Transcript of evidence from Police Scotland and Scottish Refugee Council on Police Scotland’s role in the immigration process

Institute of Race Relations

IRR Statement On Stansted 15 Verdict
– where laws designed to deal with terrorist threats at airports have been brought against human rights defenders.

Operation Black Vote

Raheem Sterling calls out racism in English football

Scottish Government

A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People: Employment Action Plan

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Equality-Themed Reading Lists

Recent EHRC  Reports
Developing a national barometer of prejudice and discrimination in Britain (Research Report no.119)
The cumulative impact on living standards of public spending changes (Research Report no.120)
Access to healthcare for people seeking and refused asylum in Great Britain: a review of evidence (Research Report no.121)
The lived experiences of access to healthcare for people seeking and refused asylum in Great Britain (Research Report no.122)

Disability Arts Online

DaDaFest: Allan Sutherland and DAO on the merits of gaining a disability identity
‘Are we living in an era of post-Disability Art?’

Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing organisation

The Luminate Festival is back from 1–31 May 2019 and we’d love you to take part!  
The deadline for proposals is 28 January 2019 so you’ve got plenty of time to get your thinking caps on and enjoy the festive season!

Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland

New guidance published on carers and confidentiality
good practice guide to help carers, families, and practitioners understand consent, confidentiality, and sharing of information for people with mental illness, dementia, learning disability, or other related conditions.


Equality and Human Rights Commission

New proposals to incorporate human rights principles into Scots law

“If this is taken forward it will place Scotland at the front of other UK countries in developing a progressive, rights based society.”

Scottish Government

Enhancing human rights
New taskforce to lead on human rights. To take forward recommendations from the First Minister’s Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership.

First Minister’s Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership

Recommendations for a new human rights framework to improve people’s lives: Report to the First Minister

Scottish Human Rights Commission

Commission welcomes “significant and bold” recommendations for new human rights framework

Speech: Human Rights Take Over of Scottish Parliament
Judith Robertson’s speech in the Chamber of the Scottish Parliament, marking 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

PANEL Self Assessment Tool
A self assessment tool to help individuals and organisations put a human rights based approach into practice, using the PANEL principles (Participation, Accountability, Non-Discrimination, Empowerment and Legality).

Refugee Council

Refugee Council welcomes fresh research into move-on period for new refugees

Migrant Voice
Migrant Voice Film-making Training for Int. Migrants Day
14th December, 4.30pm – 6.30pm, Glasgow

Show Racism The Red Card

Racism in Scottish Football


Ricefield Arts

Chinese Community Library
https://ricefield.org.uk/2018/12/chinese-community-library/

When Red, Go Green project!
Ricefield Art’s When Red, Go Green project aims to increase climate change awareness and encourage sustainable living in our Glasgow community.


Citizens Advice Scotland

New report highlights in-work poverty

Equinet, European Network of Equality Bodies
Persistent Antisemitism Hangs Over EU

Scottish Government 

New Equality Evidence Finder website launched today
access to equality evidence published by the Scottish Government and its agencies. Find evidence by policy area and equality characteristic. 

Health inequalities statistics released
Publication of the latest Long-term Monitoring of Health Inequalities report.

 Show Racism The Red Card

Racism in Scottish Football

Ricefield Arts

Chinese Community Library
https://ricefield.org.uk/2018/12/chinese-community-library/

When Red, Go Green project!
Ricefield Art’s When Red, Go Green project aims to increase climate change awareness and encourage sustainable living in our Glasgow community.

Travellers Times

Romany Gypsy teenager creates free online education resource for use in KS3/4 classrooms

 

week beginning 3rd December – (now published, with EXTRA content in the Equality Updates newsletter 6th December)

Glasgow’s 16 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women: programme of events

Scottish Human Rights Commission
#AllOurRights10 videos on Youtube
Stories of progress on human rights in Scotland, marking ten years of the Scottish Human Rights Commission.  

Scottish Refugee Council
70 years of protecting human lives
Reflections on the history and relevance of the world’s most translated document – the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD)

The Route to Employment for People with Learning Disabilities in Scotland

Scottish Association for Mental Health

This Year, Make SAMH your not so Secret Santa
This year, we are asking you to do things a little differently. Make this year’s Secret Santa Not So Secret and give a gift to SAMH.

European Disability Forum

Inexcusable Hate Speech From Iceland MPs

Close The Gap

November monthly reading roundup

End Violence Against Women

Major new YouGov survey for EVAW: Many people still unclear what rape is

 

Positive Action In Housing

Winter Destitution Appeal

Glasgow Refugee, Asylum And Migration Network

GRAMNET Film Series

Social Security Scotland

Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment
Do you know someone who is pregnant and whose first language is not English? The Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment flyer is available in Gaelic, Farsi, Urdu, Polish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Arabic & any other language on request. Call us on 0800 182 2222. #BestStartGrant

Scottish Government

Improving diversity in early learning workforce

Cashless at Christmas
Claimants face lengthy wait for payment.

 

 Equality and Human Rights Commission

Equality and human rights helpline for advisers

Racial harassment in higher education: our inquiry
Closing date: Friday 15 February

Scottish Women’s Aid

Conference “The Blame Game” – Domestic abuse in society, policy and practice
8th March, Edinburgh 

 UK Holocaust Foundation

UK Holocaust Memorial to reaffirm Britain’s commitment to stand up against antisemitism, prejudice and hatred

Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti Muslim Attacks)

Gendered Anti-Muslim Hatred and Islamophobia, Street Based Aggression in Cases Reported to Tell MAMA Is Alarming, Jan-Jun 2018

Countering Anti-Muslim Bigotry is Human Rights Work

Attacks against UK Muslims increase in violence (The National)

Muslim mum and daughter called ‘suicide bombers’ in racist abuse on bus (The Metro)

National Diversity Awards

Nominations Open 20th February 2019!

Friends, Families and Travellers

What does the UN Special Rapporteur report on poverty and human rights say about Gypsies and Travellers in the UK?

Pink News

Coming out film shot on iPhone wins £25,000 Turner Prize
A film created by queer artist Charlotte Prodger that deals with coming out as gay in rural Scotland has won the prestigious Turner Prize.

Scottish Refugee Council

Help us support refugee families this Christmas
This year our Christmas Appeal is raising vital funds to support refugee families in Scotland.

Scottish Government

No real change in fuel poverty in 2017
A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

Barnardo’s

Barnardo’s experts advise Emmerdale on child abuse storyline

E-Access Bulletin

Inaccessible retail sites continue to miss out on millions, as new survey launches

Making machines smart by keeping things fair: European Disability Forum (EDF) conference on artificial intelligence

Scottish Government

A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People is the @scotgov delivery plan to 2021 for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 
We are aiming to secure real transformational change for disabled people across Scotland. 

Access to Free Sanitary Products in Scottish Government Buildings

Consultation: Improving Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and interventions for victims of domestic abuse

 

Glasgow Disability Alliance

Some of our young members share their stories via brilliant videos, which premiered at our amazing young disabled people summit this week (BSL versions to follow very soon!)

 

week beginning 26th November

Glasgow’s 16 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women: programme of events

National AIDS Day 1st December
Order Your Red Ribbon Now

The Improvement Service (IS)

Elected Member Briefing Note | Why Adopt a Gendered Analysis of Violence and Abuse? (PDF)

Poverty And Inequality Commission

Advice On Poverty In School Holidays
The Poverty and Inequality Commission has published its advice today for the Scottish Government on addressing poverty during school holidays.

Scottish Government

Equally Safe Year One Update Report

Review of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 – Analysis of responses to the public consultation exercise – report

Growing up in Scotland: Overweight and Obesity at Age 10

Domestic Abuse Recorded by the Police in Scotland, 2017-18

Thematic Report on the Prosecution of Young People

Ending Homelessness Together: High Level Action Plan

Scottish Refugee Council

New fundraising campaign: Host a food-inspired event and raise money for Scottish Refugee Council’s vital work with refugees in Scotland

Scottish Parliament

Committee unveils roadmap to ensure Scottish Parliament a human rights guarantor
The Scottish Parliament should be an international leader in human rights, and adopt procedures that ensure best practice becomes standard practice, according to a new report from Holyrood’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee.
http://www.parliament.scot/newsandmediacentre/110313.aspx 

Women’s History Scotland

Out Gallivanting: A Plaque for Egyptologist Nora Griffith (1870-1937)
Aberdeen Women’s Alliance have been working towards increasing the number of plaques to women in Aberdeen. This is the fourth successful application, with more in the pipeline.

ACAS

New research shines a light on attitudes towards reporting sexual harassment at work one year on from #MeToo

Operation Black Vote

UKIP & Tommy Robinson: Hate breeding hate

Women’s Budget Group

Going, going, gone: The unrelenting destruction of our social infrastructure

Equinet – European Network of Equality Bodies

Great britain: Beyond Brexit – the Future of Trade, Equality and Human Rights

openDemocracy – 50.50

What would a feminist internet look like?

week beginning 19th November

20th November Trans Day of Remembrance (TDoR) 2018 369 reported murders of trans and gender-diverse people in the last year

Communities Channel Scotland

Big charities encouraged to learn from community sector
A Guardian article today makes the case for community organisations being well placed to increase people’s health, wellbeing and connectedness.

Holyrood Magazine

Anti-poverty campaigners urge Scottish Government to go further in mitigating effect of Universal Credit

Positive Action In Housing

Winter Refugee Crisis Appeal 2018
Help us reach £10,000

Disability Arts Online

This week’s newsletter

Institute of Race Relations

The Windrush Scandal Exposes The Dangers Of Scaremongering About ‘Illegal Immigrants’.

Disability News Service

UN expert tells of disabled people’s ‘horrendous’ evidence on poverty

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Housing and disabled people: Britain’s hidden crisis
Two new publications: Housing and disabled people: your rights and Housing and disabled people: what should local authorities do? (England)

Scottish Refugee Council

Concern as councils consider withdrawing from UK asylum dispersal system

Join us, get involved, take action…
Our CEO Sabir Zazai tells us about his recent visit to the Houses of Parliament to join others in speaking up for a fairer asylum system.

Barnardo’s

Children must be educated about hate crime
During Anti-Bullying week, Barnardo’s is calling for an end to homophobic, bi-phobic and transphobic bullying and highlighting the need to educate all children and adults about hate crime.

week beginning 4th November (now published, with EXTRA content in the Equality Updates newsletter 8th November)

Glasgow Disability Alliance

“Empowerment for Inclusion and Equality”: Young Disabled People’s Summit
29th Nov, Glasgow.  For young disabled people & parents/carers of young disabled people. More info and to book: https://tinyurl.com/ya5czmm2

Human Rights Consortium Scotland

Workshop: EU Citizens after Brexit
5th December, Glasgow

Poverty and human rights
In advance of the visit this week of the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty & Human Rights, members of the Human Rights Consortium Scotland set out some of the key issues that he should address

Defending Human Rights
29th Nov, 2pm – 4pm, Edinburgh. An exciting opportunity to hear firsthand about what it means to defend human rights in Scotland and overseas.

WSREC

Hate Crime Surgery
Every Thursday, from 2pm-4pm.  Our advisors are here to give you support, guidance and can also help you to report any hate crime, via 3rd Party Reporting.

Trussell Trust

Mid-Year Stats
The five week wait for Universal Credit must be reduced. If that’s not possible right now, all new claims must be paused until the wait can be brought down.

 

Scottish Government and COSLA: Local Governance review

Democracy Matters – Regional Deliberation Event – GLASGOW
29th November.  Other dates: 20th November – Edinburgh; 21st November – Dundee; 22nd November – Aberdeen; 26th November: Irvine; 28th November – Inverness; 28th November – Lerwick; 5th December Oban (afternoon); 5th December Oban (evening); Shetland – details coming soon

Scottish Parliament
Inquiry into mental health support available for young people

Equalities and Human Rights Committee: Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill Stage 1 Report

Holyrood Magazine

Foodbank use increases 13 per cent in a year, latest statistics from Trussell Trust show

Pink News

Sharice Davids wins Kansas seat as first openly lesbian and Native American candidate

Scottish Government

Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill
… to end the physical punishment of children by parents or those with caring responsibility for a child. The Bill would remove the defence of “reasonable chastisement” which can be used to justify using physical force on a child.

Age Scotland

Age Scotland Awards
recognising the hard work of the many dedicated individuals and groups in our communities who are making a positive difference to the lives of older people in Scotland. Deadline 30th November

Scottish Government

Greater education opportunities for gypsy traveller families
Extra funding to boost teaching expertise.

Social Security Experience Panels: Initial findings on the development of the Young Carer Grant

ScotStat

Dataset: Migration To and From Scotland

Net migration by age, sex, council area and year

Gender Employment Gap
The difference between the employment rates for men and women (aged 16-64).


Engender

Launch of OUR BODIES, OUR RIGHTS: Identifying and removing barriers to disabled women’s reproductive rights in Scotland
Disabled women’s reproductive rights routinely ignored

Scottish Human Rights Commission

New report outlines options for strengthening human rights laws in Scotland on eve of UN visit investigating extreme poverty

Scottish Parliament

MSPs seeking views on proposal to end the physical punishment of children
Holyrood’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee is launching a call for views on proposed changes that would remove the defence of ‘reasonable chastisement’ from Scots law.

COSLA

COSLA stresses vital role that Local Government plays in Scottish economy as it calls on the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work to help deliver inclusive growth for our communities.

Holyrood Magazine

Scotland to join major European study into responses to domestic abuse

Scottish Tories urge Home Office to allow asylum seekers to work

Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership

Strategic Plan Consultation
Give us your views on the future of health and social care services in Glasgow.  Closing date for responses is Friday 25 January 2019.
Consultation events:
Strategic Planning Forum 6th November; Children’s Services 23 November ; Older People’s Services 29 November; Adult Services 6 December; Primary Care  10 January; Housing 11 January

Disability Benefits Consortium

DBC response to Budget 2018


Disability News Service

Budget 2018: Chancellor’s billions ‘will not halt universal credit humanitarian crisis’


Operation Black Vote

Racist Petra Laszlo has her conviction quashed

 


Open Democracy 50:50

Trans rights: Woman’s Place UK responds to 50.50’s report
A co-founder of the women’s group responds to openDemocracy’s report analysing opposition to potential gender recognition reforms in the UK.

UK sexual politics have become ‘profoundly authoritarian’ says Beatrix Campbell
I interviewed the prominent feminist amid ‘heated and toxic’ debates over proposed reforms to the UK’s Gender Recognition Act.

 

week beginning 29th October

Fawcett Society Non-Disclosure Agreements – A License To Harass With Impunity?

Glasgow Community Planning Partnership Community Justice Glasgow Annual Report 2017-18

Scottish Human Rights Commission UN specialist visits Scotland to share expertise on preventing torture

What Works Scotland Webinar: Transforming communities? Exploring the roles of community anchor organisations in public service reform – supporting, leading and challenging?  Wednesday 7 November, 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Rape Crisis Scotland Should rape complainers have independent representation?  28th November, 6pm, Edinburgh. Come along to this important and timely debate with the Faculty of Advocates and Rape Crisis Scotland.

Glasgow Disability Alliance Budgeting for Equality  What would disabled people do with 1% of Glasgow’s Budget?? Watch our Action Research Participatory Budgeting film to find out!

Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees EU funding partnership to welcome and support refugees

Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership Film Clip shows the Benefit of One Good Adult  Having a supportive and trusted adult is key to how well a child and/or young person is connected, self-confident, future looking and can cope with problems.  The One Good adult concept is a key element of the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde child and youth mental health improvement and early intervention framework.

Scottish Government Consultation: Clinical Pathways and Guidance for Healthcare Professionals Working to Support Adults who Present Having Experienced Rape or Sexual Assault in Scotland

Economic and Social Research Council Young adults are more Thatcherite than their parents, says study

 

UK Government Government introduces tough new measure to prevent acid attacks
The government has banned people possessing strong sulphuric acid without a valid reason as part of its drive to tackle acid attacks and violent crime.

 

 

Disability Benefits Consortium Universal Credit survey launched!

Business In The Community Race at Work – The Scorecard Report 2018

 

 

UK Government  Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Dashboard 

Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centre  Watch our instructional video on how and why to report hate to Amina MWRC

Fawcett Society Black Women In Tech: APPG On Sex Equality And APPG On Race And Community Briefing Paper

Refugee Council New research reveals vital role played by refugee-led community organisations in integration

Scottish Government Offering flexibility to Universal Credit recipients

Women’s Grid  Were you a Greenham Woman? Do you have any stories about Greenham? Do you have friends, colleagues, family members who were at Greenham? 18 month project to interview The Greenham Women who formed the Greenham Common Peace Camp between 1981 and 2000.

Glasgow Centre for Population Health New open access article – Increasingly Diverse: the Changing Ethnic Profiles of Scotland and Glasgow and the Implications for Population Health.

Improvement Service Funding to increase number of money advice workers in GP practices

Outspoken Arts Wanted Female Volunteers To Be Pink Avengers! To take part in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls.
1. Reclaim The Night March throughout Paisley Town Centre, 27 November 2018, 6-8pm
2. Women’s Event in Paisley Town Centre (venue tbc), 6 December 2018, 9.30am-2.30pm
More info: gillianlochhead@outspokenarts.org or tel: 0141 847 1122

Outspoken Arts Bogha-frois: LGBT+ Voices in Folk (Celtic Connections) 3 Feburary 2019, 8pm,  Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Tickets on sale soon

Scottish Parliament Leadership in health and social care questioned by parliamentary committee

Holyrood Magazine 30,000 teachers march in education rally
Mesh scandal: conflict of interests in review confirmed by investigation
Sajid Javid apologises after Home Office forced immigrants to provide DNA samples

Women’s Budget Group Budget promises ‘jam tomorrow’ but little real change

Citizen’s Advice Scotland CAS responds to Universal Credit announcement in budget
The funding announced for Universal Credit in today’s budget will not be sufficient to solve the problems in the system.

Oxford Human Rights Hub Ireland Votes to Remove Blasphemy Offence from Constitution


Scottish Government 
Supporting vulnerable witnesses
£950,000 to improve evidence facilities for children and vulnerable adults

BBC  Scotland’s Rape Crisis centres to receive £1.5m funding 

Disability Arts Online Joel Brown and Eve Mutso grace the Tramway with 111 vertebrae

Disability News Service Ministers ‘failing to uphold a UN disability convention they do not understand’

EQUINET European Equal Pay Day 3rd November

IGLYO intersex toolkit for parents

Equality Updates w/b 22nd October

 

       

Equal Opportunities Commission

‘Is Britain Fairer?’ (IBF), ‘Is Scotland Fairer?’ (ISF) and ‘Is Wales Fairer?’ (IWF) reports
https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/publication-download/britain-fairer-2018
https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/publication-download/scotland-fairer-2018
https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/publication-download/wales-fairer-2018
https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/our-work/news/britain-danger-becoming-two-speed-society

@CommSafetyGlasg Hate Crime Awareness Week 22nd – 28th October  

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Lift the Ban People seeking safety in our country are banned from working. They are unable to provide for themselves and their families and often left to live in poverty. Join the campaign to #LiftTheBan!

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Holyrood

Female workers in Glasgow begin two-day strike over equal pay

Fewer than half Gypsy/Traveller sites in Scotland meet basic living standards, warns regulator

Public sector workers to receive training to address discrimination against Travellers

Exclusive: Health board forced to apologise for ‘racist’ internal memo warning staff about Travellers

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Zero Tolerance

Primary Prevention Briefing
ZT briefing on how to end violence against women and girls in the Scottish context.

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African & Caribbean Women’s Association (ACWA)

New Shoots Old Roots Publication Launch
Saturday 27th October, 1.30pm, Glasgow Women’s Library. Cost Free event – no booking required More Info www.acwascotland.co.uk/

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SAMH

Are you receiving Attendance Allowance?
The Scottish Government are looking for your views to shape the future of the benefit once its devolved to Scotland. The survey should take 5-10 mins and is completely anonymous

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Women’s Budget Group 

2018 Budget Briefings
2018 WBG Briefing: Disabled Women and Austerity
2018 WBG Briefing: Social Care
2018 WBG Briefing: Violence Against Women and Girls
2018 WBG Briefing: Women and Education
2018 WBG Briefing: Women and Pensions
2018 WBG Briefing: Tax and Gender
2018 WBG Briefing: Public Transport and Gender
2018 WBG Briefing: Women and Social Security

Scottish Refugee Council 

Learning boost for young refugees
Scottish Refugee Council and Aberlour Childcare Trust working in partnership with Glasgow Clyde College on a new project to improve the education of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people.

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Human Rights Consortium Scotland

*NEW* Brexit explainer: Brexit & Scotland
Short, easy & informative!  Watch this short graphic film on Scotland, devolution and Brexit, and why this matters.

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Scottish Government

Equality Impact Assessment Record on National Approach to Anti-bullying for Scotland’s Children and Young People

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Glasgow Herald

Kate Cranston, who was behind the city’s iconic tearooms, features on the Royal Bank of Scotland’s new polymer note.

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Third Force News 

‘Deeply flawed’ Universal Credit should be halted
SCVO, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) have written to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Esther McVey calling for an end to the “deeply flawed” welfare system.

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Scottish Human Rights Commission 

Commission welcomes financial redress for survivors of historic abuse

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Glasgow City Council

Glasgow campaign gets tough on Hate Crime

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Disability News Service

DWP faces nearly 60 disability discrimination tribunal cases in 20 months

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UK Government 

Government must act to tackle street harassment of women and girls
The Women and Equalities Committee publishes its report on sexual harassment of women and girls in public places. The report calls on the Government to tackle public sexual harassment of women and girls urgently and makes seven key recommendations for action.

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Pink News

Trump confirms White House is ‘looking at’ imposing new transgender policy despite outcry

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Operation Black Vote 

Civil Rights icon Rev Jesse Jackson supports Cecile Kyenge
The Italian MEP Cecile Kyenge,is being sued for defamation by the Far Right political party, the Northern League.

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Open Society Foundations

Ending Racial Bias in Police Stop and Search

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Women and Equalities Committee 

Tackling inequalities faced by the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities – watch the recoding on Parliament Live TV

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TUC

Mental health services are failing to meet rising demand, new TUC report reveals

 

 

 

Equality Updates 18th October

 

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Legal aid for victims of discrimination: our inquiry
We have launched an inquiry to look at whether legal aid enables people who raise a discrimination complaint in England and Wales to get justice.

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Zero Tolerance

Primary Prevention Briefing

Leadership For Prevention Conference

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Abortion Rights

#WhyDecrim Event
On the 10th of October, Abortion Rights held a public meeting with a panel discussion in Parliament. We bought together MPs, campaigners and healthcare providers together to the case of why abortion needs to be decriminalised across the UK.

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Engender

Abortion Rights in Colombia

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Pink Saltire

Public Meeting On The Future Of Pride In Glasgow

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LGBT Youth Scotland

Coming Out Day 2018 Blog
For this year’s Coming Out Day, we called on young people to tell their coming out stories. Here’s a selection of just a few of them, submitted by lesbians, gay people, bisexuals and trans people from across the country.

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SAMH

Christophe Berra encourages men to team up to chat about mental health
SAMH, The Movember Foundation, SPFL Trust and Big Hearts Community Trust have teamed up to launch a joint initiative committed to helping football fans, and the wider community live happier, healthier and longer lives.

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Citizens Advice Scotland

Scottish CAB advice on rent arrears up by 47% in five years

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Scottish Government

Slavery and Human Trafficking: Guidance for Businesses in Scotland

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Glasgow Disability Alliance

GDA’s Annual Report 2017-18 launches today!
October 16th. Read the latest Annual Report here : http://gda.scot/about-us/publi…

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LEAP Sports

Changing LGBTI+ Lives through Sport and Physical Activity
2nd November, Glasgow. Free one day conference exploring the impact and good practice in supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people’s inclusion and participation in sport and physical activity.

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Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership

Mainstreaming Equalities Session: Draft Strategic Plan 2019-22 for GCHSCP
7th November, at The William Quarrier Conference Centre, 9am – 4pm. This invite is for Social Care & Health staff and colleagues from 3rd Sector Organisations across Glasgow. For further information and to register please contact Sofi Taylor at: Email: Sofi.Taylor@ggc.scot.nhs.uk Tel: 0141 287 0481

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Scottish Drugs Forum

Free Drug and Alcohol Awareness courses for people who work in Glasgow
Drug Awareness 1 Day: 30th  October, 9th and 28th November
Alcohol Awareness 1 day: 2nd and 16th November
Drug awareness ½ day 25th October 6th and 22nd November
Alcohol awareness ½ day 25th October, 6th and 22nd November

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Outspoken Arts

Carol Laula and Guests
31st October, 8.30pm, Tron Theatre, Glasgow. Celebration of female independent music artists featuring performances of music and spoken word. Carol Laula will be joined by Lisa Kowalski, Marie Collins, Jordan Stewart and Linzi Clark.

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NHS Scotland

NHS Health Scotland Survey: Place Standard: How Good is your Place? Improvement Questionnaire 2018/19

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What Works Scotland

Universal basic income – A scoping review of evidence on impacts and study characteristics

Webinar: Transforming communities? Exploring the roles of community anchor organisations in public service reform – supporting, leading and challenging?
7th November

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Glasgow Centre for Population Health

Food banks
key facts from this indicator set


The ALLIANCE

Discover Digital: for your health and wellbeing. The Glasgow showcase
Wednesday October 24th 2018

 

A Menu For Change

It’s scandalous that on any day people in Scotland struggle to find the money they need to buy essentials, like food

Scottish Refugee Council  #LiftTheBan
Asylum seekers are forced to live on just £5.39 a day. A day ticket for the bus in Glasgow costs £4.50. It’s ludicrous people are banned from working. That’s why today a new campaign to #LiftTheBan kicks off that will fight for a right to work.

Refugee Action Lift The Ban report

Human Rights Consortium Scotland Defending Human Rights
29th Nov, 2pm – 4pm, Edinburgh. An exciting opportunity to hear firsthand about what it means to defend human rights in Scotland and overseas.

Understanding Inequalities 20 years of devolution: how have inequalities in Glasgow changed?
8th November, Glasgow

Glasgow City Council  New campaign puts perpetrators of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation in plain sight

British Sign Language (BSL) Glasgow Plan: final week of consultation!

Community Safety Glasgow Prosecuting Racist and Religious Hate Crime
26th October, 10am – 12.30

College Development Network Equality in Early Learning and Childcare: Challenging the Status Quo
Saturday 3 November, 9.30 – 2pm, Edinburgh

Inclusion Scotland Easy Read Guides to Brexit
Written in consultation with People First (Scotland), these guides give straightforward information about the European Union, about Brexit and about our rights after Brexit.

Luminate  Seminar: intergenerational arts practice in Scotland
5th November, Dundee

Public Health Reform and SCVO  Public Health Reform: Developing a shared ambition for the third sector
14th November, 10am-4pm, Edinburgh

Scottish Drugs Forum

Free Drug and Alcohol Awareness courses for people who work in Glasgow
Drug Awareness 1 Day: 30th  October, 9th and 28th November
Alcohol Awareness 1 day: 2nd and 16th November
Drug awareness ½ day 25th October 6th and 22nd November
Alcohol awareness ½ day 25th October, 6th and 22nd November

Outspoken Arts

Carol Laula and Guests
31st October, 8.30pm, Tron Theatre, Glasgow. Celebration of female independent music artists featuring performances of music and spoken word. Carol Laula will be joined by Lisa Kowalski, Marie Collins, Jordan Stewart and Linzi Clark.

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Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Low-income voters demand higher living standards and expect more Government control over economy after Brexit

Time to boost living standards for 10 million people living in struggling families in the Budget

 

Stonewall

Why everyone should watch Butterfly

Come Out for Trans Equality this National Hate Crime Awareness Week

Department For Work And Pensions ESA underpayments: forecast numbers affected, forecast expenditure and progress on checking

Oxford Human Rights Hub  The Consequences of the Ashers Cake Judgment

Operation Black Vote  Race pay gap reporting is a landmark moment

Operation Black Vote Press Release: Government’s radical race equality employment plan


Disability News Service Police work on disability hate crime is ‘unacceptable’, say watchdogs

Disability News Service Watchdogs’ concern over government refusal to act on UN rights reports

Women’s Views On News Letter protests silencing of women
Nearly 200 prominent figures signed an open letter that outlines concerns that public and private bodies are helping close down discussion about government plans to reform the law regarding ‘gender recognition’.

Women’s Budget Group Briefings 
2018 WBG Briefing: Women, Employment and Earnings
2018 WBG Briefing: Tax on Savings and Investments: Gender Issues
2018 WBG Briefing: Maternity, Paternity and Parental Leave
2018 WBG Briefing: Housing and Gender
2018 WBG Briefing: Health and Gender

Women’s Budget Group Women for a People’s Vote As the UK lurches towards Brexit, it is becoming increasingly clear that women will be harder hit than men by leaving the EU.

Women’s Budget Group Consultation Response: Reform of the Gender Recognition Act

Women’s Budget Group  2018 WBG Briefing: Women, Employment and Earnings

Equinet – European Network of Equality Bodies Toolkit: Women of Colour in the Workplace
This toolkit aims to challenge dominant diversity management practices to move beyond gender as a singular category and shift toward an intersectional approach to diversity management.