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week beginning 12th November

Rape Crisis Scotland

New campaign to end the not proven verdict

Scottish Government

Scottish Household Survey Data Comic (Inequality) 2017
Based on Scottish Household Survey 2017, this data comic focuses on inequalities in neighbourhood rating, internet access, cultural attendance, physical activity, access to green and blue space, communities and household finances in Scotland.

Final Report Of The Working Group On Defining Sectarianism In Scots Law

‘One Scotland: Hate Has No Home Here’ hate crime legislation consultation
Open until 24 February 2019. Consultation

Improving diversity in education
Recommendations to make teaching more accessible for ethnic minorities.

Human Rights sacred
Devolution must preserve, protect and enhance rights.

Rape Crisis Scotland

New campaign to end the not proven verdict


CEO OpenSpace: Third Sector Workforce – Equality and Recognition?

Operation Black Vote

Black girl labelled racist for not caring about Remembrance Day

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:

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.


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


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).


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 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: 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

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


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!



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


Zero Tolerance

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


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



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


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.


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.


Scottish Government

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


Glasgow Herald

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


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.


Scottish Human Rights Commission 

Commission welcomes financial redress for survivors of historic abuse


Glasgow City Council

Glasgow campaign gets tough on Hate Crime


Disability News Service

DWP faces nearly 60 disability discrimination tribunal cases in 20 months


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.


Pink News

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


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.


Open Society Foundations

Ending Racial Bias in Police Stop and Search


Women and Equalities Committee 

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



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.


Zero Tolerance

Primary Prevention Briefing

Leadership For Prevention Conference


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.



Abortion Rights in Colombia


Pink Saltire

Public Meeting On The Future Of Pride In Glasgow


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.



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.


Citizens Advice Scotland

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


Scottish Government

Slavery and Human Trafficking: Guidance for Businesses in Scotland


Glasgow Disability Alliance

GDA’s Annual Report 2017-18 launches today!
October 16th. Read the latest Annual Report here :…


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.


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: Tel: 0141 287 0481



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.


NHS Scotland

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


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


Glasgow Centre for Population Health

Food banks
key facts from this indicator set


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.




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



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.