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Week beginning 24th June


Glasgow City Council

Report to City Administration Committee on New Grant Fund to replace the Integrated Grants Fund
The City Administration Committee (CAC) met today (26th June) You can watch the webcast of the meeting in the Webcast Library https://glasgow.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcasts  .

Equality Network

Statement on reform of the Gender Recognition Act

LGBT Youth Scotland

Response To GRA Announcement
A statement from our Head of Programmes, Cara Spence, on today’s Scottish Government announcement about next steps in reforming the Gender Recognition Act.

Transport Scotland

Scotland’s Accessible Travel Framework – Delivery Plan for 2019-2020

Scottish Government

New fund for after school and holiday childcare
Fund will deliver accessible and affordable childcare to support families on low incomes.

Civil partnerships to be extended to all
Mixed sex couples will be able to enter into a civil partnership under proposals to bring equality to legally recognised relationships.

Gender recognition reform
Draft Bill to provide for full consultation. A Gender Recognition (Scotland) Bill, to reform the current process of obtaining a Gender Recognition Certificate, will be published by the end of the year, Cabinet Secretary for Equalities Shirley-Anne Somerville has announced.

Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland

Training: Scottish social security
11th September, Glasgow.  Scottish benefits are here! Social Security Scotland, a new agency of the Scottish Government, has started paying devolved benefits. This course focuses on the first Scottish benefits – carer’s allowance supplement, best start grant and funeral expense assistance.

Scottish Refugee Council

Scotland’s First Minister calls on incoming Prime Minister to overhaul the ‘failed’ UK asylum system

Glasgow City Council

Glasgow gets ready for Street Play play dates
Street Play’s Midsummer Big Weekender.

Poverty Alliance

Kids can’t wait for new income supplement: letter to First Minister

Disability News Service

Police and CPS face hate crime questions over disabled teen’s two-year ordeal

Institute of Race Relations

Enforcing Belonging – racial violence and the far Right
On the third anniversary of the death of Jo Cox, the IRR reports on racist violence  across Europe, highlighting also cases involving police officers and soldiers.

Holyrood Magazine

Public inquiry to probe Islamophobia in Scotland
The inquiry by Holyrood’s Cross-Party Group (CPG) on Tackling Islamophobia will seek feedback from the public, employers and organisations about experiences with Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred, through written responses, verbal evidence sessions and outreach across the country.

Programme benefitting thousands of young mums and babies
A new report highlights the success of the Family Nurse Partnership

Scottish Parliament

Removing barriers for young women in sport

Poverty Alliance and Scottish Community Development Centre

Knowledge is Power programme
Supporting community-led action research in Scotland. Over the next two years the Poverty Alliance and Scottish Community Development Centre will be supporting six community organisations to use the knowledge – and power – of their communities to make change happen: we will work with activists, volunteers, and staff of community organisations to deliver community-led action research on the issues that matter to them – and share people’s experiences and learning as we go.  https://www.knowledgeispower.scot/

Week beginning 17th June

 
Refugee Festival Scotland 20th – 30th June 2019
 

Scottish-Asian Creative Artists’ Network Glasgow Mela 23rd June

 LEAP Sports Festival Fortnight 17–30 June 2019

 
 

Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership

Consultation on Glasgow’s Family Support Strategy
To ensure the strategy meets the needs of our children, young people and families, we want to ask people who are interested in or are involved with working with children, young people and families to tell us what they think of the draft Family Support Strategy. The closing date for the consultation is Friday 28 June 2019. Full Details

Overnight Care Transitional Change Service User and Carer Engagement Event
26th June, 10am – 3.30pm, Touchbase Business Centre (Sense Scotland), G41. HSCP invite service users, carers and their representatives to find out more about the initiatives and progress in relation to transforming overnight support and increasing the use of Technology Enabled Care and Support (TECS).

Pre-Audit Inspection

Scottish Refugee Council

Serco to recommence lock-change eviction policy despite ongoing legal challenges
Background to Serco lock-changes and statements from Scottish Refugee Council and across the sector.

Future of UK Resettlement and Community Sponsorship schemes
SRC response to Sajid Javid’s announcements on UK resettlement and community sponsorship

Refugee Survival Trust

Refugee Survival Trust media release: Mass eviction threat looms in Glasgow

Glasgow City Council

New Youth Health Service Proposed for Glasgow

Three Space for Growth Hubs to be established in Glasgow
… affordable space from which local social enterprises and community-based organisations can operate to provide social and economic benefit for the city.

Council approves plans for its Property and Land strategy, and first phase of Community Hubs

Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland

Scottish Parliament outreach newsletter launched
The Community Outreach Team at the Scottish Parliament is launching a new monthly e-Newsletter – and you can sign up now.

Holyrood Magazine

Scottish Government Equalities and Human Rights Committee seeks views on plans to strengthen protection against female genital mutilation

Dramatic drop in knife handling among young Scots thanks to “life-changing” programme

Scottish Government

Human trafficking research: summary of findings
The results of an independent survey of public awareness of human trafficking.

Consultation on section 38 of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015: Duty to notify and provide information about victims
Closes 6 Sep 2019

Tackling human trafficking and exploitation
Duty on public authorities to report trafficking concerns.

Record high for young people in positive destinations

Breaking through the glass ceiling
Women achieve equal representation on public boards

Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland
First step to set up new Assembly to help shape Scotland’s future.

Automatic pardon for gay and bisexual men
Historical injustice overturned from October.

Free sanitary products for students
Additional £5.5 million funding.

Update on Advance Payment Scheme
Payments made to survivors of abuse in care over 70.

Government response to the Protection of Vulnerable Groups and the Disclosure of Criminal Information consultation

Scottish Parliament

MSPs seek views on anti-Female Genital Mutilation plans

COSLA

Free sanitary products for students

Citizens Advice Scotland

New debt scheme in England and Wales ‘should be extended to Scotland as well’

Glasgow Refugee, Asylum And Migration Network

Refugee Festival Scotland 2019.

Scottish Association for Mental Health

Mentally Healthy College Project Helps Students Succeed
A pioneering project aimed at creating mentally healthy college communities has seen an increase in the number of students with mental health problems going on to complete their studies.

Mental Health Foundation Scotland 

Mental Health Foundation Scotland condemns asylum seeker forced evictions

Zero Tolerance

Spotlight On The Scottish Media: Whose Voices Are Heard?

Disability Equality Scotland

Make Scotland’s Transportation System Affordable and Accountable, Says Commission

Scottish Women’s Rights Centre

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme has changed and victims of violence/sexual abuse might now be eligible to apply or re-apply for compensation.

LGBT Youth Scotland

Staff Blog: Our #Impact48 Hackathon

Waverley Care

HIV: Past, Present and Future

Engender

Menopause Matters: Share your experience in our survey

 

   
UK and International News and Events
 

Equality and Human Rights Commission

The future of funding for equality and human rights in Britain

Discrimination going unchallenged in legal aid system
Victims of discrimination are being denied their fundamental right to justice and perpetrators are escaping unchallenged as a result of the current legal aid system.

Disability Benefits Consortium

DBC letter to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)
… to issue an official complaint regarding the recent advertisement campaign from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) concerning universal credit…

Fawcett

New Data Reveals 42,000 Missing Women From Sheffield City Region Economy

Women’s Budget Group

Young Carers and the Invisibility Cloak

Stonewall

Stonewall statement on LGBT equality

Friends, Families and Travellers

UK Government condemned by United Nations for ongoing failure to tackle systemic racism towards Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

Refugee Council

Refugee Council responds to refugee resettlement announcement

Worldwide displacement figures soar to 70 million

The Traveller Movement

Celebrating differences and diversity through an inclusive ethos
By Claire Kent – Head Teacher of Mount C of E Primary School, Newark, Nottinghamshire.

Hope Not Hate 

Jailed Neo-Nazi Satanists Were A Legacy Of National Action

Week beginning 3rd June

LGBT Youth Scotland

Scottish Pride Calendar 2019
Pride season is in full swing, these still to come: 22nd June – Pride Edinburgh; 6th July – Fife Pride – Kirkcaldy; 13th/14th July – Bute Pride – Isle of Bute; 20th/21st July – Mardi Gla – Glasgow; 20th July – Free Pride – Glasgow; 21st July – Proud Ness – Inverness; 27th July – West Lothian Pride – West Lothian College; 10th August – Perthshire Pride – Perth; 21st September – Dundee Pride – Dundee

Abortion Rights

Deborah Frances-White to Speak on behalf of AR at Together Against Trump Demo

Disney and Netflix say new abortion law may push their business out of Georgia and Alabama, but what about Northern Ireland?


Deafscotland

 

Connect Us Too
deafscotland launched a series of mental health videos on Friday 12 April 2019 at the Tayside Deaf Hub. The videos can be viewed on the deafscotland YouTube site

 

ScotRail

Ground-breaking new app for deaf customers on Scotland’s Railway

Scottish Association of Mental Health

SAMH Comment on CAMHS and Psychological Therapies Waiting Times

SAMH comment on Youth Commission report

Young people set out recommendations for the future of mental health services

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Runnymede Trust

Theresa May failed to douse ‘burning injustice’ of race inequality

JCWI

Right to Rent Open Letter
Over 80 groups have written an open letter calling on MPs to scrap Right to Rent checks, a key plank of the Hostile Environment, and one which has been declared unlawful by the High Court following a claim brought by JCWI.

Glasgow Refugee, Asylum And Migration Network (GRAMNet)

GRAMNet programme of events for Refugee Festival Scotland 2019

Scottish Faiths Action For Refugees

Scottish Churches to mark ‘Sanctuary Sunday’ during Refugee Festival

Pink News

Ann Widdecombe one-woman show cancelled after gay cure comments

Travellers Times

A Hero’s Message: Roma Genocide Survivor to visit Scotland! 3rd – 9th June

Scotland’s Women Stand

A movement to support and empower women of Scotland to stand for political office

 

 

Glasgow City Council

Council to deliver £20million Community Hubs investment across Glasgow

Scottish Interfaith Group On Domestic Abuse and Amina – Muslim Women’s Resource Centre

Stronger Together Against Domestic Abuse
4th July, 1pm, Glasgow City Chambers. Your supportive presence will be greatly appreciated as we outline the different ways we work to tackle domestic abuse, both in the frontline and by raising awareness. Each of our organisations has made a short film which will be screened on the day. Please RSVP by 28th June. so we can book a place for you: info@ifgoda.org.uk or 07850477212

Holyrood Magazine

Donald Trump attempts to backtrack after saying NHS ‘on the table’ in post-Brexit trade deal

Scottish Parliament

Major new initiative to get more women into politics announced
A major new initiative has been announced today by an alliance of women’s organisations and the Scottish Parliament in a significant move which aims to tackle the gender imbalance in Scottish politics.

Poverty Alliance

BLOG: Transport and poverty: making the connection

Civil Society Brexit Project, Engender and Scottish Women’s Aid

Brexit and Women
17th June, Edinburgh.

 

 

Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living

Self-Directed Support (SDS) Awareness session
18th June, 11am

Assessment Preparation Session
18th June, 11am . For those awaiting a Support Needs Assessment (SNA)/Reassessment or a Review

To book a free place on either of these just get in touch: Tel: 0141 550 4455, Textphone: 0141 554 6482, Fax: 0141 550 4858, Website: www.gcil.org.uk Email: alasdair@gcil.org.uk

 

 

UK Human Rights Blog

LGBT relationships and the school curriculum: a human rights analysis

 

 

European Disability Forum~

European Disability Movement Calls For Reestablishment Of The Disability Intergroup Of The European Parliament

 

Glasgow City Council

Action Plan for Glasgow’s Social Enterprise Strategy approved by Council

 

Scottish Refugee Council

Sharing Lives, Sharing Languages Projects Awarded

Glasgow food venues to raise funds for refugees

 

Poverty Alliance

Tackling Child Poverty in Midlothian: Challenges & Opportunities
26 June, 10am – 1pm, Dalkeith.

 

Human Development Scotland

Working with Complex Trauma: Exploring the Impact and Challenges of Working with Girls and Women who have a History of Trauma
One day Conference, Friday 13th September. CPD training event which will look at working with complex trauma, exploring the challenges of working with girls and women who present with a history of trauma, and the impact on therapists and other professionals. The speakers are Dr Anne Marie Coleman and Dr Gail Taylor.

 

Scottish Government

New School Payment launches
Full Best Start Grant package now available

Breastfeeding support ‘strong’

Tackling poverty and inequality
Call for radical action from UK Government after damning independent report (Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights)

 

Equality Network

50 Years and Still Fighting for Equality – Equality Network Parliamentary Reception
25th June, 6pm – 8pm, Scottish Parliament.  with speakers, wine and refreshments and entertainment from the amazing Loud & Proud Choir

 

Scottish Recovery Network

Let’s talk about recovery cards launched!
Check out SRN’s free resource to get people talking (and listening!) about what supports recovery and wellbeing for them and their community

 

The Faith and Belief Forum

LGBT+Faith training day
13th of August, Sense Scotland, Glasgow.  Our LGBT+Faith programme offers specially tailored training and support to LGBT+ organisations and groups, and other professionals who work with LGBT+ people as part of their role.  We aim to help ensure there are spaces where LGBT+ people of faith, and people from faith backgrounds, feel included and welcomed, as well as to create opportunities for those working at this intersection to learn from each other and discuss challenges they are facing.  Places on the training cost £20, or are FREE for organisations to whom this is a barrier.

 

Women’s Budget Group

Single Parent Families – Trapped Within a Pernicious Intersection of Welfare Reform Policies

 

The Women’s Centre Glasgow

Information on Benefits and Universal Credits: Coffee Morning
26th June, 10.30am – 12.30pm, Maryhill. Job Centre staff on hand to answer your questions. 0141 576 1400 www.womenscentreglasgow.org.uk info@womenscentreglasgow.org.uk

What’s in Your Fridge: 3 Week free course from The Women’s Centre Glasgow and WESREC
Wednesdays the 12th, 19th and 26th of June, 12pm – 2pm. This course will include activities which will advise and encourage participants to make low carbon food choice’s. You will receive a certificate and a goody bag on completion of the course. Contact The Women’s Centre , 17 – 33 Shawpark St, Glasgow G20 9DA 0141 576 1400 info@womenscentreglasgow.org.uk

 

TellMAMA

How Islamophobia and anti-Muslim prejudice harm the mobility of Muslim women

 

Holyrood Magazine

The Women’s World Cup is a beacon of hope in a sport that lost its way

Week beginning 27th May

Glasgow Disability Alliance

Book Now! Participatory Budgeting – A Model For Involvement
25th June. Free event for anyone interested in how community empowerment approaches can be embedded in participatory budgeting to help tackle inequality in Glasgow and Scotland. Come and hear how disabled Glaswegians are speaking out to help improve our city and join the discussions, as GDA members share learning from our Budgeting for Equality phase 2 pilot project!

Glasgow City Council

Training for Glasgow autism champions from city venues to take place

Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector

Human Rights Damage: the Alston report

Project Ability

The Residency Show
Exhibition 7th June – 13th July. Project Ability has been offering artist residencies in our Trongate 103 studios for several years. These residencies are explorative in their approach and vary widely from artist to artist, year to year. The Residency Show features just a small amount of work created during a total of ten different residencies.
https://www.project-ability.co.uk/exhibitions/the-residency-show/

Glasgow St. Pauli

Freedom Fields – Film And Football
Saturday 22 June, 12.30 – 4pm, Seamore Cinema, G20. Glasgow St. Pauli, United Glasgow FC and Scottish Documentary Institute present Freedom Fields – the story which follows three women and their football team in post-revolution Libya. The screening is a free event and will be followed by a family friendly football event which United Glasgow FC will lead at Firhill football pitches complex.

Scottish Refugee Council

New poll finds warm attitudes towards refugees in Scotland

Scottish Parliament

MSPs demand UK Government protect date of Universal Credit claim
A new service launched by the DWP which does not protect the date a Universal Credit claim begins has been described as ‘deeply alarming’ by Holyrood’s Social Security Committee.

Holyrood Insight

Social Security Reform: Dignity, Fairness and Respect
30th September, Edinburgh

Holyrood Magazine

Scottish Parliament backs idea of smacking ban

Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (ALLIANCE)

Person centred decision making should be the future of social security
ALLIANCE responds to consultation on the new Disability Assistance which is due to replace Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

Older people having to wait too long for social care

Scottish Government

New law to prevent female genital mutilation

Best start grant for young asylum seekers
Pregnancy and baby benefit will not jeopardise immigration status.

Concern as migration growth slows
Growth in the non-British population ends.

Suicide prevention training launched
Football clubs to receive training for players and staff.

198,000 non-UK nationals working in Scotland
Statistical News Release

Zero Tolerance

Edinburgh Fringe Feminist Guide 2019

YCSA

Youth Eid Party
If you’re 12-18, come down to the Youth Eid Party next Friday 7th June for some excellent activities & food! Will take place at Pollokshields Development Agency Community Hall, 15 Kenmure St, G41 2NT at 7pm! Call Javed for more info on 0141 420 6600, or email enquiries@ycsa.org.uk

Scottish Faiths Action For Refugees

Scotland Welcomes Refugees Gathering 2019
15th June, 10am – 4.30pm, Glasgow. Free event aimed at connecting welcome groups, grassroots movements, like minded individuals and refugees with one another. SFAR are working with other organisations to arrange and hold this annual gathering to celebrate and share work with refugees. The Gathering will be a vibrant, fun, family-friendly showcase of international art, music, storytelling, and much more- celebrating the variety of backgrounds that refugees bring to our communities.

Rape Crisis Scotland

Trauma: everyone’s business
The ambition and commitment of the Scottish Government to develop a trauma informed workforce makes it clear that trauma is everyone’s business.

Glasgow Council On Alcohol

GCA Integrative Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy starting September 2019
Designed for those who wish to develop their skills in a therapeutic context.  The course will be be delivered in a supportive learning environment for those wishing to return to learning, advance skill sin the field or prepare for a career change. Part time for 2 years. Benefits include: 400 hours taught programme; COSCA Counselling People Towards Behaviour Change Training; 100 hours client contact hours (Guaranteed Counselling Placement); Practice Supervision; Access to CPD Calendar  Apply online or phone 0141 353 5444 or email: dipoma@glasgowcouncilonalcohol.org

National Advisory Council on Women and Girls

Older Women – Analytical Services Contribution

Engender

Engender Parliamentary Briefing: It’s Time to End the Stigma of the Menopause (PDF)

Saheliya

The art of Saheliya
20th June, 10am – 2pm. Saheliya is celebrating Refugee Festival Scotland 2019 with an inter-generational event organised by Saheliya’s Champions for Change Women’s Group. This will be a great day for the Champions to showcase and celebrate their wonderful works achieved through different projects.  This event is open to women only and by invitation. Please contact info@saheliya.co.uk or Dinna@saheliya.co.uk with any enquiries.

Waverley Care

New Guidance: Young People, Healthy Relationships and Consent

LEAP Sports

Festival Fortnight: Engaging Young People In Sport

Scottish Women’s Rights Centre

Domestic Abuse and Scots Law – Training for Solicitors
21st June

Glasgow Centre for Population Health

How can Glasgow become a ‘good food city’?

Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland

Dealing with destitution training – last chance to book

NHS Health Scotland

Response to the report from the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

New mental health and suicide prevention resources launched

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Equality and Human Rights Commission

Investigation opened into The Labour Party following complaints about antisemitism

Unite Against Fascism

Analysis – EU Elections: Tommy Robinson defeated but far right remain a major threat

Fawcett

Jess Phillips MP, Electoral Commission And Fawcett Call For Urgent Reform To Electoral Laws
The Electoral Commission, Jess Phillips MP and Fawcett have called for urgent reform to electoral laws, following Jess Phillips being subjected to abuse by a political party candidate. Currently, the law does not disqualify candidates with a track record of issuing threats to stand for elected office.

Women’s Views on News

Open letter criticises Tampon Tax spending
Cash raised from this unpopular levy should only to be donated to organisations dedicated to women.

Institute of Race Relations

Right Definition For The Right Fight
If we don’t name Islamophobia as a form of racism, how can we combat it?

Women’s Budget Group

Phillip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty: WBG responds to his report on UK poverty

End Violence Against Women

Update on the draft Domestic Abuse Bill
The latest news on the bill and the #StepUpMigrantWomen campaign

Refugee Council

Latest immigration statistics published

Court of Appeal rules the Home Office age assessment policy as unlawful

Equally Ours

Institute for Fiscal Studies report: Inequalities in the twenty-first century

Government Equalities Office

Period Poverty Taskforce – Minister announces next steps on Menstrual Hygiene Day

Travellers Times

Anti-Traveller camp injunction ruled unlawful by High Court
The ruling against an injunction sought by Bromley council banning Gypsies and Travellers and “persons unknown” from camping on open land also calls into doubt the lawfulness of 34 other similar council injunctions

LGBT Foundation

World Health Organisation Will Stop Classifying Being Trans as a ‘Mental Disorder’

Hope Not Hate

Labour Party Antisemitism
The EHRC has announced it is formally investigating the Labour party to determine if the party has acted unlawfully in its treatment of Jewish people – specifically within its complaints procedures.

UK Human Rights Blog

Boris Johnson summoned to face criminal charges

Stonewall

Stonewall statement on Kenya’s decriminalisation ruling

Abortion Rights

Women’s Bloc – Together Against Trump Rally
4th June, London

Week beginning 20th May

Equality Updates 23rd May NEWS


3rd – 26th May Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF)

1st – 31st May Luminate Festival


Fawcett

Fawcett Open Letter Calls On Government To Impose A Lifetime Ban On Candidates Who Promote Violence

 

Abortion Rights

Women’s Bloc – Together Against Trump Rally
Trump is coming back to the UK. Let’s get ready – 4 June!

Trade Union Model Motion
Model motion on abortion rights


Hope Not Hate

Islamophobia As A Russian Export

Islamophobia Definition… Denied


LEAP Sports

Festival Fortnight Events to Tackle LGBTI Exclusion in Football

Homophobia and Transphobia in Sport


Glasgow Refugee, Asylum And Migration Network

GRAMNet programme of events for Refugee Festival Scotland 2019.


Equality Network

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia – UK Alliance for Global Equality Statement


LGBT Youth Scotland

National Students And Young People’s Organisations Call For Reform Of The Gender Recognition Act

LGBT Youth Scotland Win At The British Lgbt Awards 2019

Runnyemde Trust

Islamophobia definition is no threat to free speech (Guardian 17th May)
Dr Omar Khan of the Runnymede Trust and 47 others urge ministers and the government to recognise that racism must be an integral part of any definition of Islamophobia

 

Scottish Government

Improving children’s rights
Consultation on incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Time limits on temporary homeless accommodation

Decrease in gender employment gap over last decade
A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

UN
Visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

 

Scottish Refugee Council

Welcome u-turn on Chief Exec’s father’s visitor visa
The Home Office has reversed its decision to refuse a visitor visa to the father of Scottish Refugee Council’s Chief Executive.

 

Scottish Interfaith Group On Domestic Abuse and Amina – Muslim Women’s Resource Centre

Stronger Together Against Domestic Abuse
Thu, 4 July, 1pm – 3pm

 

 

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

UN Special Rapporteur’s report shows Government must act to loosen the grip of poverty

 

 

Poverty and Inequality Commission
Poverty and Inequality Commission’s response to the Scottish Budget

 

 

TUC

Nearly 7 in 10 LGBT people say they have been sexually harassed at work, says TUC

The disability pay gap: Warm words just won’t cut it

 

First Minister’s National Advisory Council on Women and Girls

May Spotlight – Older Women
Each month we’re putting the spotlight on a different gender equality issue. In May 2019, the Spotlight is Older Women. We’d like to hear from individuals and communities in Scotland about their experiences and ideas around this topic.

 

 

 

The Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Support Group Scotland

A Guide on Sickle Cell in Schools by Professor Simon Dyson
13th June, 12.30 – 3pm, Glasgow Caledonian University.

 

 

Scottish Human Rights Commission

Informing our work from 2020-2024
We are developing our Strategic Plan for 2020 – 2024. To help us set our priorities and improve how we work, we would like to hear from people and organisations across Scotland.  Deadline for responses is 28th June

 

 

Scottish Government

Mental health pilot project extended
Distress Brief Intervention programme available to 16 and 17-year-olds.

Healthy relationships and consent
New national resource to support young people.

 

 

Glasgow City Council

Susanne Steps Up to Top GCHSCP Job
Susanne Millar has been appointed interim Chief Officer of Glasgow’s Health & Social Care Partnership (GCHSCP).

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Response to DWP announcement on the Social Metrics Commission’s measure of poverty

 

 

Citizens Advice Scotland

CAS responds to latest fuel poverty figures

CAS warns the UN of ‘digital divide’ in Universal Credit

 

 

COSLA

Local governance review: joint statement
A joint statement from The Scottish Government and The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) on the local governance review.

 

 

Scottish Government

Communities want more local powers
Initial findings from the Local Governance Review published today, show that people overwhelmingly want more say about how public services are run in their area.

Consultation on Improving Disability Assistance in Scotland: Closes 28 May 2019

Scottish Community Development Centre

Democracy Matters conversation analysis published
The Scottish Government and COSLA have published an analysis of the Democracy Matters consultation, run last year as part of the Local Governance Review

 

 

Scottish Parliament

Equalities And Human Rights Committee Annual Report 2018-19

Holyrood Committee endorses Equal Protection from Assault Bill
A majority of MSPs on Holyrood’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee have endorsed the general principles of the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) Bill in its Stage 1 report.

 

 

Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland

‘How’s Life?’ Scotland’s Learning Disability Survey
Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) survey about the lives of people with a learning disability in 2019

 

 

JustRight Scotland

This is the first in a 2 part blog on age assessments of unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

 

 

Stonewall

Stonewall’s Information Service
Got a question? A problem? Need support? We’re here to help with any issues affecting LGBT people or their families. Contact the Stonewall information Service on 0800 0502020.

LGBT-inclusive organisations you should know about

Diversity Champions programme
The leading employers’ programme for ensuring all LGBT staff are accepted without exception in the workplace.

 

 

Pink News

Ruth Hunt has no regrets about Stonewall trans inclusion ahead of departure
Stonewall was right to include transgender people in its campaigns and should have done it sooner, outgoing chief executive Ruth Hunt has said

Police in Birmingham have opened an investigation after eggs were allegedly thrown at LGBT+ campaigners outside a primary school.

 

 

Women’s Budget Group

And still we earn less: The gender pay gap in the UK

 

 

Equality and Human Rights Commission

47 organisations yet to report latest gender pay gap named and shamed

Torture in the UK: update report

Employers in the dark ages over recruitment of pregnant women and new mothers

 

 

European Disability Forum

EDF Report: Plug and Pray – A disability perspective on artificial intelligence, automated decision-making and emerging technologies

 

 

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Response to DWP announcement on the Social Metrics Commission’s measure of poverty

 

 

Week beginning 13th May

NEWS


3rd – 26th May Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF)

13th – 19th May Mental Health Awareness Week

1st – 31st May Luminate Festival


Home Office

Windrush Compensation Scheme
11 June, 2pm – 4pm, at The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Rd, Glasgow G51 3UU.  This is one of a series of Home Office events across the UK.  Open to all members of the public and anyone is welcome to attend.  It is aimed at affected individuals, community leaders, charities and support groups.  It will offer practical information on the Scheme in addition to help and support on how to make a claim. Members of a special taskforce set up to help affected individuals will aslo be on hand to answer any questions on the Scheme that attendees may have.  You can also contact the dedicated helpline on 0800 678 1925 or email WindrushCompensationScheme@homeoffice.gov.uk www.gov.uk/windrush-compensation

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

How can the Scottish Income Supplement loosen the grip of poverty?

How Scotland can do the right thing: loosen poverty’s grip on children

Bold action needed beyond the school gates to loosen the grip of child poverty

 

Refugee Council

WATCH: Helen Johnson explains what happens when child asylum seekers are wrongly classified as adults

 

Department for Work & Pensions

Self-employment for people with disabilities and health conditions
This research explores the experiences of self-employment for individuals with disabilities and health conditions and the types of support wanted in this area.

 

Zero Tolerance

Baby Blues (And Pinks): Queer Pregnancy And The Gender Stereotypes That Litter The Way

 

Holyrood Magazine

Cash boost calls after new data reveals rising child poverty across Scotland
….The figure is even higher in some Glasgow constituencies, where up to 46 per cent of children are living in poverty….

 

Women’s Budget Group

The Punitive Impact of Universal Credit on the Life Chances of Single Parents with Children Under 5

 

European Disability Forum

Disability Intergroup: Putting Disability On The EU Agenda

 

Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland

Audit Scotland publishes assessment of social security implementation

Scottish Government

Trauma Training Programme extended
Advanced training for frontline workers to recognise and respond to the signs and impacts of trauma in childhood will be rolled out in three pilot areas.

First payments to be made to survivors of childhood abuse
Advance Payment Scheme up and running.

Addressing body image
Group to examine impact on mental health.

Vulnerable Witnesses Bill passed
Milestone to improve the experiences of child witnesses.

Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill passed
Decriminalisation of primary school-aged children.

Best Start Grant applications flood in

Improving the health response to child sexual abuse
Consultation on Scotland’s first clinical pathway.

Scottish Women’s Aid

Recounting Women
27th May – 2nd June, Stills Gallery, Cockburn St, Edinburgh.  An exhibition of work from Scottish Women’s Aid’s participatory photovoice project. The project works with women who have experienced domestic abuse to develop photographs and text that communicate what they want other people to know about domestic abuse, the impact it has on their lives, and what needs to change. Work in this exhibition highlights issues of injustice, homelessness, poverty and isolation identified by the women who took part in the project.

Maryhill Integration Network

‘Right to Work’ Video
Created by MIN Voices members, looking at the impact of not being able to work while seeklng asylum. This video supports Lift the Ban campaign.

Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights

Introduction to Race Equality
Wed, 12 June, 10am – 3.30pm.  Free training session for voluntary sector staff and volunteer. The training will build your understanding of race and racism in the Scottish context, giving you the tools you need to promote equality for minority ethnic people. The session combines training input and interactive discussion to explore:
– The concept of racism and how it operates on personal, social and institutional levels
– The impact of everyday racism
– Rights and responsibilities under equality law
– How our world view and perspectives affect the way we see each other
The training session is free to attend for voluntary sector staff and volunteers, however a limited number of places are available, so places must be booked in advance.

LEAP Sports

Festival Fortnight 2019 Programme Launched
It is with great delight that LEAP Sports present the 2019 programme for Festival Fortnight, Scotland’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) sports festival.

Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector

Tackling loneliness – Third Sector Solutions
Report from a recent GCVS event

Human Rights Defenders and Budgeting
21st May, 1pm – 4.30pm

Action for M.E

Living with M.E. in Scotland: your experience matters
By sharing your experience on topics including symptom management approaches, the impact of M.E. on your relationships, and access to the right sort of support, you can help us campaign more effectively for improved services and support from professionals, planners and policy-makers. Find our Big Survey at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/afmebigsurvey (open until 2nd August)  It’s a long survey, but you can save it to come back to later.

 

National Theatre of Scotland

Call- Outs Announced For The LGBTI+ Elders Social Dance Club – Part Of Scotland’s The Coming Back Out Ball

The LGBTI+ Elders Social Dance Club: 19th May 2019 – 12th April, 2020, Glasgow and Inverness. A fabulous, free event for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Gender Diverse, and Intersex elders and allies. Social Dance Clubs are free and will run in Glasgow and Inverness from May 2019.

 

 

Week beginning 29th April

On Holiday next week!

NEWS


3rd – 26th May Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF)

13th – 19th May Mental Health Awareness Week

1st – 31st May Luminate Festival

 

The Improvement Service

Elected Member Briefing Note: Children, young people and domestic abuse: impact, support and recovery (PDF)

Elected Member Briefing Note: Fairer Scotland Duty (PDF)

Engender

Engender Briefing: Pension Credit Entitlement Changes (PDF)

 

Social Mobility Commission

Class privilege remains entrenched as social mobility stagnates

Social Security Scotland

Best Start Grant Early Learning Payment

Deaf Scotland

2019 Mental Health Programme “Connect Us Too”

 

Scottish Refugee Council

New Live Chat Service
Scottish Refugee Council has today launched a new online live chat service, enabling people to talk directly to our advisors about refugee and asylum issues.

 

Operation Black Vote

Has white privilege once again defeated Caster Semenya?

 

Travellers Times

Traveller Movement launches report in parliament aimed at improving the educational outcomes of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils

 

Child Poverty Action Group

Computer says ‘no!’ – how good is information provision in universal credit?

 

Stonewall

Stonewall statement on Caster Semenya
https://www.stonewall.org.uk/about-us/news/stonewall-statement-caster-semenya

Penny Mordaunt calls out complacency on LGBT equality

 

LEAP Sports

Court rules discrimination against queer black woman is necessary to create level playing field in athletics

 

Abortion Rights

Open letter to The Mayor of London: Support the pro-choice majority

 

Scottish Government

Equally Safe: consultation on legislation to improve forensic medical services for victims of rape and sexual assault
Deadline: 8th May

 

Scottish Transgender Alliance

Being Trans 2019
On Tuesday 23 April, Scottish Trans Alliance, Stonewall Scotland, Equality Network, Amnesty Scotland and LGBT Youth Scotland brought trans people and MSPs from across the political spectrum together at the Scottish Parliament.

 

Scottish Refugee Council

Scottish Refugee Council responds to a Scottish government consultation paper on homelessness legislation

 

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS)

Scots money crisis exposed in new survey

 

Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC)

A new take on community councils
This report from SCDC and What Works Scotland explores how community councils can be even more relevant in Scotland’s evolving policy context, especially as public service reform continues through the Local Governance Review.

 

Holyrood Magazine

Labour complaints procedure slammed by Anas Sarwar after racism case thrown out

All of Scotland’s political parties adopt formal definition of Islamophobia

 

Operation Black Vote

BAME Local Political Representation Audit 2019

 

Department for Work and Pensions

Ethnic minority employment bulletins
– information about ethnic minority employment, including research, case studies and strategic and practical advice.

 

Women’s Budget Group

A feminist analysis of neoliberalism and austerity policies in the UK

Women and the Spending Review

 

Pink News

Caster Semenya loses case challenging testosterone levels

 


Disability Arts Online

Elektric Apple bring Mr Dead Head to life

 

Week beginning 22nd April

NEWS

Luminate

Luminate Festival: 1st – 31st May
Our 7th festival is happening this May! Once again we’re offering a wide range of creative events and activities organised with, by and for older people across Scotland.

 

SAMH

Testing Times
SAMH launches campaign to help young people cope with exam time

 

TellMAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks)

Tell MAMA are launching the National Mosques Security Panel which will implement practical training and security measures for mosques in the U.K.

 

Scotland Welcomes Refugees Coalition

Scotland Welcomes Refugees Gathering 2019
15th June, Glasgow.  Scotland Welcomes Refugees Gathering 2019 is a completely FREE event aimed at connecting welcome groups, grassroots movements, like minded individuals and refugees with one another.

 

Hope Not Hate

Stephen Lennon Wants To Go To Brussels

 

The Traveller Movement

New research into school off-rolling further marginalises Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils

 

Glasgow St. Pauli and United Glasgow FC

Love Glasgow Hate Racism
10th August, Glasgow.  Organised by Glasgow St. Pauli and United Glasgow FC. The event is sponsored by Unite Scotland. Bands come together to raise money for Scottish Refugee Council and United Glasgow FC.  Confirmed acts: The Wakes; Joe Solo; RFC – Italian Ska band; Mick Hargan; Andy McBride; With more to be announced!

 

Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership

Glasgow City Integration Joint Board (IJB) Strategic Plan 2019 – 22

 

Waverley Care

‘Is he okay?’ – A Day in the Life of our HIV Street Support Team

 

Pink Saltire

Leaks Reveal Critics Of First Ministers Trans Rights Stance

 

Disability Rights UK

Universal Credit will hit 1.9 million by over £1,000 per year with disabled people worst affected

Equality and Human Rights Commission

In employment: Workplace adjustments

Stonewall

Statement on Relationships and Sex Education passing through the Lords

Historic announcement on LGBT inclusion in England’s schools

 

Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees

Supporting Refugees in Scotland
Are you interested to know more about refugees in Scotland? Would your faith group like to be involved in welcoming refugees in your area? If so, we would love to hear from you! SFAR are offering a series of events, practical workshops or information sessions on topics of refugee integration. Please get in touch with the National Faith Groups Refugee Integration Coordinator, Sabine Chalmers schalmers@churchofscotland.org.uk, tel. 07388 376 784, for more information.

 

Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights, University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh
Tackling Scotland’s Racism Problem
10th May, University of Glasgow

 

Scottish Women’s Aid

Our Walk To Freedom
“Our Walk to Freedom”, a short video made by Edinburgh Women’s Aid, and Shakti Women’s Aid during the Building Equality Project.

Holyrood Magazine

Shirley-Anne Somerville: “I am a strong supporter of trans rights and equality”
The Cabinet Secretary for Equalities sets out her support for trans equality

Trans rights and the menopause

SNP ministers urge caution on changes to Gender Recognition Act

 

Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centre

#Reclaim The Name campaign trailer
Reclaim the Name is a campaign to unite Muslim Women and empower us to define who we are in our own terms.

 

 

 

Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector

GCVS Annual Stakeholder Survey
The survey helps us to review and improve our activities, and to be clear about what our priorities should be as we start our work programme for 2019-20

 

Scottish Refugee Council

Fundraising for Scottish Refugee Council
Sign up today! Here’s a few of our favourite events coming up in April, May & June: The Kiltwalk |Glasgow |28 April 2019 ; Edinburgh Marathon|Edinburgh|25 & 26 May 2019; The Nightrider|Glasgow |22 & 23 June 2019.  If you’ve decided to take part in another event…or you’ve created your own! You can still raise funds for Scottish Refugee Council Email: funding@scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk Tel: 0141 223 7958

 

Holyrood Magazine

Monica Lennon launches her period poverty bill
Labour MSP Monica Lennon has launched her member’s bill to increase the amount of free access to sanitary products by making them available in all schools, colleges and universities.

 

CRER

Call for submissions for Black History Month (BMH) 2019 Programme

 

Glasgow Disability Alliance

Call-out for activity tutors from BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) backgrounds
GDA are keen to expand their database of tutors to include more people of colour. If you are an experienced tutor/therapist from a minority ethnic background seeking paid work delivering fun/relaxing activities to disabled people (e.g. arts, crafts, massage, writing, drama, history, music, dance), please get in touch with Hannah by emailing hannah@gdaonline.co.uk or calling 0141 556 7103.


Oxford Human Rights Hub

UN Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children raises serious concerns regarding Ireland’s history of illegal adoption practices

Home Office

Dignity of women in custody ensured by planned law change
Police will have to ask female detainees whether they are likely to require sanitary products, which they will be given free, under Home Office plans.

Fawcett Society

Conference: Women At Work: Breaking The Barriers
22nd May, London

Judicial Diversity Forum (JDF)

New programme to boost judicial diversity

Scottish Government

Social Security Experience Panels: Carer’s Allowance Supplement
This report outlines Social Security Experience Panels members experiences of Carer’s Allowance and views relating to the introduction of Carer’s Allowance Supplement

 

The Women’s Centre

NuMe & The Women’s Centre: Taster Session
2nd May 10:30 – 12. How often are you asked “How are you?”  Do you know how to answer?  Are you happy, overwhelmed, tired or fed up? NuMe is a new project from North United Communities, developed for your local community looking at all the aspects that make up our well-being. This course runs for 8 weeks which looks at different topics and gives women the tools to develop self-well-being.  For more info please contact 0141 576 1400 Info@womenscentreglasgow.org.uk

 

 

Week beginning 15th April

NEWS

 

Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights, University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh
Tackling Scotland’s Racism Problem
10th May, University of Glasgow

Interfaith Scotland

Outside In: Transforming Hate in Youth Settings
30th April, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/outside-in-transforming-hate-in-youth-settings-tickets-59755521373

 

Central Scotland Regional Equality Council (CSREC)

Brexit Awareness Session – 29 April 2019 Falkirk
29th April, 6pm – 8pm.  CSREC in partnership with the Civil Society Brexit Project are hosting a Brexit Awareness Session in Falkirk for the local community. Book:  Online or Phone: 01324 610950 or Email: admin@csrec.org.uk


UK Human Rights Blog

The Round Up: WikiLeaks and a White Paper on Online Harms

 

Cabinet Office

Guidance: Identity proofing and verification of an individual

 

Disability Arts Online

DAO speaks to the cast and crew behind Zara, a Mind the Gap and Walk the Plank co-production about learning disability and parenthood, on an epic scale

 

Glasgow City Council

People Who Beat Drugs Employed to Help Others Conquer Addiction


Oxford Human Rights Hub

When does a person have an intellectual disability? The insights of the US Supreme Court

 

University Of Strathclyde

Pathways for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Further and Higher Education
30th April, 10:30 am – 3pm. Taking into account the classification of Refugees and Asylum Seekers as ‘at risk’ groups by the Scottish Funding Council, this event focuses on FE/HE pathways and transitions in a two-part seminar focusing on policy developments in Access, Equality, and Inclusion.

Glasgow Disability Alliance

Working together for change on Byres Road
GDA’s involvement and work with Glasgow City Council on the proposals for a redevelopment of Byres Road.

Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland

Disappointment with court view on Serco lock change policy
The courts today upheld that dozens of people in Glasgow could be made homeless and vulnerable by Serco’s policy regarding issuing lock-change orders to tenants refused asylum in the UK.

Refugee Council

Refugee Council welcomes Court of Appeal ruling on residence requirement for social housing

 

Glasgow Disability Alliance

Social Security Conversations – Disability Benefits
30th April. Join us to hear about new plans for Disability Benefits in Scotland.  Give your views and share your ideas for building better Disability Assistance Benefits.  Experience GDA’s Purple Poncho Players new performance. Hear from: Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People; The Scottish Social Security Commission; Tressa Burke, GDA’s CEO.

Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership

Review of Direct Payments – Prepaid Card Scheme
Glasgow City Council has recently undertaken a review of the way we currently administer our direct payments, and will be introducing new Prepaid Cards for those who receive a Direct Payment.

 

Stonewall

The US ban on trans people in the military comes into force today

 

Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis Centre

Do you have some spare time? Are you a good listener? : Volunteer training programme, May 2019
We are looking for women to support survivors of sexual violence on our Connect Live helpline. We are committed to ensuring that our volunteers reflect survivors within the communities that we serve and actively encourage older, BME, disabled women & women from the LGBTI community to apply. You must have availability around the hours of 10.15am to 2.15pm and/or 5.15pm until 7.45pm. Please get in touch if you have any questions: janette@rapecrisiscentre-glasgow.co.uk  Join us at our open evening on the 2nd of May, 6pm. Adelphi Centre G5 0PQ. Come along to find out more and discover what it means to be a Volunteer at our centre and chat to women who have already been through the training programme.


Close The Gap

Close the Gap briefing for Scottish Government debate: Fairer Scotland for Disabled People

 

Week beginning 8th April

 

NEWS

 

Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights, University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh
Tackling Scotland’s Racism Problem
10th May, University of Glasgow

 

Equality and Human Rights Commission
Legal aid for victims of discrimination – Scottish research project
Survey for individuals and Survey for non-solicitors, organisations and groups who assist people who suffer discrimination
We want to hear from you if you have experienced discrimination in Scotland since 1 January 2016. We would also like to hear from non-solicitors, organisations and groups who assist people who suffer discrimination. We will be conducting short interviews with solicitors separately. If you are a solicitor and interested in taking part in this piece of research please contact the Scotland Research team at Scotland@equalityhumanrights.com or 0141 2285910. Closing date 14 April

 


Human Rights Consortium Scotland

Grave concerns about rights after Brexit

 

Women’s History Scotland

WHS Annual Conference 2019: ‘Gender Transgressions – Historical Perspectives’, Saturday 16 November
The Call for Papers for this year’s Women’s History Scotland Conference is now open!

 

Springburn Jobcentre

Diverse Communities Networking Event
26th April. This will provide you the opportunity to meet with local organisations who can provide employability focussed support to the communities of Glasgow and the West of Scotland.

 

Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES)

Getting it right for every child: Is our education provision racially literate?
Thursday 20th June to Friday 21st June, Edinburgh

 

Holyrood Magazine

HIV outbreak in Glasgow linked with cocaine and homelessness

Poorest toddlers more than twice as likely to have development concerns

Rights in mind – mental health reform is centred on human rights

 

Scottish Parliament

MSPs call for police ‘cyber-kiosk’ rollout to be paused

Holyrood Committee launches inquiry into Scotland’s empty homes

 

Scottish Refugee Council

The Refugee Festival Scotland Media Awards (#RefugeeFestScot)
Nominations Deadline 15th May

A ceilidh for newly arrived families in Scotland!

 

Leonard Cheshire in Scotland

Fashion Show in aid of Leonard Cheshire in Scotland
24th April, at the Scottish Youth Theatre. A night of contemporary fashion featuring Totty Rocks, Harris Tweed, Walker Slater and more! This will support the Go Digital programme to help enable service users in the West of Scotland become more digitally aware with the use of ground-breaking IT equipment and assistive technology.

 

Scottish Trade Union Congress

Mental Health Day School 2019: We’re All In This Together: Exploring Our Personal & Collective Power Around Mental Health

 

 

YWCA

Young Women In Sport Survey
Calling all young women in Scotland: add your experiences of & relationship with sport, exercise and PE in this short survey. The survey is part of Young Women Lead programme researching young women’s participation in sport.

 

 

University of Strathclyde

Pathways for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Further and Higher Education
30th April

 

 

The Poverty Alliance

Get Heard Scotland: Making Scotland’s transport system work for everyone
29th April, Glasgow

 

 

Scottish Government

A consultation on local connection and intentionality provisions in homelessness legislation
Closes 25th April

 

 

Scottish Federation Of Housing Associations

In the name of justice and compassion: we must end the freeze
Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance, details why the benefits freeze must be ended.

 

 

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Access to healthcare: a guide for organisations working with people seeking asylum

 

 

Bella Caledonia

Surviving in plain sight: Disabled women and domestic abuse

 

 

Women 50:50

Tackling Sexual Harassment in Politics
blog from Alison Johnstone MSP, Scottish Greens Lothian MSP

 

 


Disability News Service

Number of disabled people in poverty rose by 200,000 in one year… says DWP

 

 

Equinet, European Network of Equality Bodies

Equality Bodies Countering Ethnic Profiling

 

 

Institute of Race Relation

Promises, promises – justice for Grenfell?

 

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust

“Fighting for my sanity” — new study finds 8 in 10 victims of stalking show symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

 

Operation Black Vote

European far-right parties unite into new alliance ahead of EU elections Matteo Salvini says group wants to change Europ

 

 

Women’s Budget Group

How Women Made the West Rich – a lesson from economic history
A blog by Dr Victoria Bateman on women’s freedom and economic prosperity.

 

Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT)

Women And Equalities Committee Call On Uk Government To Address ‘Stark’ Inequalities Faced By Gypsy, Roma And Traveller Communities

 


Runnymede Trust

What does it mean to collaborate with different communities as part of an arts or media project?

The Traveller Movement

Women and Equalities Committee publish report on Tackling Inequalities in Gypsy Roma and Traveller communities – positive step forward or missed opportunity?

SAMH

The Changing Room at Hibs – One Year On
One year on from the launch of The Changing Room at Hibs, a project which is bringing together men in their middle years to take action on mental health and wellbeing, Kristian writes about the difference it’s made to his life.

Disability Rights UK

MS Society campaigns to scrap the PIP 20 metre rule


Stonewall

The situation in Brunei

HIV Scotland

Disclosures: Rewriting the narrative about HIV through creative activism


Fawcett

“We Own The Flag Of St George Because We Built This England” The First All-Women Of Colour Richard Ii At The Globe

Rape Crisis Scotland

Letter to Boris Johnson
Survivor Esme Johnson recently published an open letter on Twitter in BJresponse to comments made by Boris Johnson about investigations into historic cases of child sexual abuse.

Scottish Women’s Convention

Homelessness and Housing Research Conference
8th June, 10am – 2pm, Glasgow

UK Parliament: Joint Committee on Human Rights

JCHR probes Government on Draft Domestic Abuse Bill

Committee questions parliamentary security and the right to protest

Minister of State questioned on detention of children with learning disabilities

Week beginning 1st April

 

NEWS

Glasgow City Council: BME Task Group

BME engagement in democratic/civic life in Glasgow
GCC’s BME Task Group is planning a workstream with the aim of increasing BME communities’ engagement in democratic & civic life. As part of this process, we are looking to gather information about good practice that is already happening.  If you are running a project of this nature, we would like to hear about it. There is a simple template for capturing information that can be accessed here Please send this back to judith.hunter@glasgow.gov.uk by Thursday 18th April.  And please contact Judith if you have any further questions.

Hope Not Hate

The Ideology Behind Christchurch

Travellers Times

New Zealand Romani pay tribute to Christchurch Mosque victims

Glasgow Disability Alliance

John’s story: “People believed in me and that’s what made the difference.”

Deaf Scotland

Safety survey is now live
This survey will take no longer than 10 minutes and will give us information on who knows what about personal safety and what gaps there are on how to stay safe. There is a BSL translation available alongside the English version.

Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership

Pollok Civic Realm Achieve LGBT Charter Mark Status

New Healthy Minds Resource Now Available

New Glasgow Alcohol and Drugs Advocacy Service

LGBT Youth Scotland

New Domestic Abuse Law In Scotland: Why Does It Matter For LGBT People?

New MSYPS Elected To Represent LGBTI Young People

Engender

CEDAW: How the UN Women’s Bill of Rights creates possibilities for women and girls in Scotland

Close The Gap

Close the Gap briefing for Scottish Government debate: Fairer Scotland for Disabled People

Human Development Scotland

Training, Courses and CPD opportunities
– Professional Doctorate in Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
– MSc in Psychoanalytic Observation and Reflective Practice: Therapeutic Work With Children & Young People
– Foundations of Human Relations and Counselling
– Diploma in Human Relations and Counselling

British Religion In Numbers

Counting Religion in Britain, March 2019

Glasgow Life

Poverty in Britain today – Kerry Hudson’s Lowborn Tour
16th May, 4.30pm – 5.30pm, The Mitchell Library. Free but ticketed. Glasgow Life is bringing award winning author Kerry Hudson to speak about her childhood experiences of harsh poverty and its effects. Kerry scores 8 out of 10 on the Adverse Childhood Experiences measure of childhood trauma, and she will be in conversation with Danny McGarvey talking about how her experiences are completely typical of the people with whom she grew up and, advocating for poverty to be at the forefront of public discourse in the UK. 

Citizens Advice Scotland

New ‘Help to Claim’ service for Scots applying for Universal Credit
Today CAS has launched a new service called “Help to Claim” which aims to support people who are making their initial application for Universal Credit.


BBC

Brunei implements stoning to death under new anti-LGBT laws


Disability Arts Online

Going Through: the emotional journey of a child’s solo migration across countries
The Bush Theatre’s production ‘Going Through’ illuminates the realities of child migration through the deaf experience.

Glasgow City Council

Tents on George Square
Protestors camped in George Square have been officially asked to leave after repeatedly rejecting offers of help to find accommodation and free hot food.

City Deal Project Supporting the Care Sector is Marked at Glasgow Event

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Legal aid for victims of discrimination: Scottish research project: Take The Survey
Deadline 14th April

Scottish Government

Domestic Abuse Act in force
New law will help hold perpetrators to account. Groundbreaking legislation that criminalises psychological domestic abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour has come into force today (1 April 2019).

Equally Safe: A consultation on legislation to improve forensic medical services for victims of rape and sexual assault
Closes 8 May 2019


Expansion of free personal care

Increasing support for those with autism~

Confronting sectarianism

Improving wheelchair access in housing

 

Equality and Human Rights Commission

The gender pay gap – where are we now?

 

Scottish Refugee Council

Become a Refugee Festival Ambassador!
Scottish Refugee Council is looking for Refugee Festival Ambassadors to help raise awareness about the festival and about people’s experiences of starting new lives in Scotland.

New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy: Year One Progress Report

Week beginning 18th March

 

NEWS

Glasgow Equality Forum

GEF response to draft Concordat Action Plan


Equality and Human Rights Commission

 

Single mothers, black families and disabled people will lose out in tax and spending plans
Certain groups in Scotland will suffer more due to changes in tax and spending policies.

Equality study reveals lack of diversity among Scottish councillors

 

 

Coalition of Racial Equality and Rights (CRER)
Evening Reception: UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
21st March, 5.30pm – 7.30pm Join CRER and Glasgow City Council to mark the UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Be the first to preview CRER’s forthcoming Virtual Museum of Empire, Colonialism, Slavery and Migration.

You can act! Campaign for public intervention in racist incidents
On 12th March CRER launched an anti-racist poster campaign aimed at encouraging the public to intervene in racist incidents. The poster shows a white person shouting racist abuse at a Black person. A third person ponders what they heard and what they should do about it. In Scotland, we hear racism daily on the buses, in taxis, at libraries, doctors’ surgeries, sports clubs, museums and pubs. What do we do about it?


Glasgow Women’s Voluntary Sector Network
Making Links, Moving Forward

 

Glasgow Disability Alliance
Daring to dream: How Future Visions and GDA are taking control, for a better future

 

African & Caribbean Women’s Association (ACWA)
ACWA’s 30th Anniversary and International Women’s Day Celebration
Saturday 23rd March, 4pm -9pm, Maryhill Community Central Hall.  Join us to recognise and celebrate women’s achievements.  There will be music, food, speakers and a creche.  For more info or if you are planning on coming and would like to use the crèche facility please contact Patricia Iredia on 07877 723 536

 

CEMVO Scotland

Ethnic Minority Early Learning and Childcare Glasgow Careers Event
15th April, 10.30am – 1pm, lunch included, hosted by GCC in the Glasgow City Chambers. There will be a host of speakers within the Early Learning & Childcare sector including role models who will give some insight into jobs and training opportunities.  The Scottish Government are looking to recruit an additional 11,000 people into the Sector and so there are lots of job opportunities. If you are interested to know more or wish to attend the event then please reserve your place by contacting helenmccabe@cemvoscotland.org.uk or tel: 0141 248 4830

 

LGBT Youth Scotland

Publication Launch: Good Sex Is…
As part of our commitment to promote the health and wellbeing of LGBTI young people, we are pleased to introduce the latest in our inclusive sexual health and relationship series: Good Sex Is…for women who have sex with women.

Homelessness And Abuse Multi-Agency Training
23rd April, Glasgow. Following the success of last year’s training event, the LGBT Youth Commission on Housing and Homelessness are delighted to be able to offer another FREE multi-agency training for 20 cross-sector professionals to raise awareness of LGBT young people’s experiences of homelessness and abuse.

SAMH

Universal Credit is not working for people with mental health problems


Scottish Commission for Learning Disability

The keys to life Implementation Framework 2019 – 2021
Today (13th March) sees the launch of The Scottish Government’s new Implementation Framework for The keys to life, Scotland’s learning disability strategy.

ILGA Europe

#ElectNoHate appeal launch: ILGA-Europe unites with 21 other civil society organisations and unions for EU election campaign free from intolerance

Disability Rights UK

Social security and tax reforms have hit disabled people in Scotland the hardest says EHRC

How disabled people could be affected in the case of a Brexit No Deal

Scottish Government

Scottish Government Disability Recruitment and Retention Action Plan Involvement Workshops
The Action Plan which will be launched on the 26th of June. This is part of the A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People: Employment Action Plan. As part of this work we are asking for your help in making sure the Scottish Government is a workplace without barriers for disabled colleagues.  
Glasgow 20 March – 1.30 to 3.30 pm
Edinburgh 28 March  – 10.30 to 12.30 pm –
Aberdeen 27 March – 3 pm to 5 pm
The second set of workshops will be on consulting on the draft action plan: 17th April, Edinburgh; 23rd April, Glasgow; 25th April, Aberdeen

Disability Arts Online

Queer learning-disabled filmmaker, Matthew Kennedy talks about how Oska Bright has given him a voice

Glasgow City Council

Glasgow’s care services staff pledge to make a difference to people living with dementia and their carers

Roll out of chatty cafe scheme in Glasgow venues helps tackle loneliness

Voluntary and community groups call to shape council’s new fund

Council welcomes funding for Glasgow community projects

Scottish Union of Supported Employment (SUSE)

SUSE Annual Conference
30th April, Glasgow. This is Scotland’s largest annual gathering of organisations which support people who have disabilities or long term conditions into work.

Engender

Celebrating Scotland’s Gender Pay Gap Action Plan
Our Executive Director Emma Ritch reflects on the feminist journey to Scotland’s first action plan to tackle the pay gap, and welcomes a substantial step towards women’s and girls’ economic justice.

CEDAW concluding observations: what do they mean for women in Scotland?

Amina – Muslim Women’s Resource Centre

Lead the Way – Glasgow
29th Mar, 5pm.Join us for an evening of workshops, speakers, discussions, entertainment – this event will highlight multi-talented women in our community. To register email info@mwrc.org.uk 0141 212 8420 https://mwrc.org.uk/events/lead-the-way-glasgow/

Happiness is Homemade – Falkirk
27th March, 5.30pm. Along with Central Scotland Regional Equality Council we’re holding a Forth Valley Ethnic & Religious Minority Women’s Engagement Event at the Grangemouth Town Hall. Its free and a crèche can be arranged, and FREE food! Please come along to socialise and meet other women. Registration required! info@mwrc.org.uk

Training: ‘Compassionate Communication’
18th April in Glasgow or 17th April in Dundee. This course aims to instill the principles of communicating compassionately in a work environment.

Confidently Me
26th March, Edinburgh

Job Fair visit
27th March, Edinburgh

Third Sector News

LGBT support service becomes accessible
Scotland’s national helpline for the LGBT community is now available to users of British Sign Language for the first time

National Records of Scotland (NRS)

2021 Ethnic Group and Religion Questions Update Event
27 March 2019 in Edinburgh (9.30-11.30)
28 March 2019 in Glasgow (2.00-4.00)
National Records of Scotland events about the ethnic group and religion questions that are being proposed for Scotland’s Census 2021.

Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector

Human Rights Defenders Network
April 11, 10am – 1pm. The meeting is open to civil society organisations working in Glasgow to:
be briefed on developments and opportunities, think about human rights within our organisations and in external activity and how we can collectively maximise our influence on making human rights a practical reality for the people we work with, for ourselves and our families.

Third Sector Data In Glasgow
Search or browse Infobase for information on over 1,500 third sector organisations and groups operating in Glasgow: www.infobaseglasgow.org  You can also request a Customised Research Report at www.infobaseglasgow.org/reports.htm  If you have any questions please contact Samira on 0141 332 2444 or samira.adris@gcvs.org.uk

Scottish Parliament

New digital exhibit celebrates inspirational women across Scotland

Scottish Refugee Council

Asylum accommodation update
Six months have passed since people were threatened with eviction by Serco. Here’s an update on asylum accommodation as it stands.

Scottish Refugee Council announce an exciting opportunity for community groups across Scotland
We are looking for 8 community groups who will receive up to £12,750 of funding to establish a 12 month programme of structured activities and opportunities for learning in the community, social connection, language improvement and integration. Ideally, the project should follow a Peer Education Model building on the successful Sharing Lives, Sharing Languages Pilot project .

Show Racism the Red Card

Scottish Creative Competition Awards 2019

Terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand

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Disability News Service

Disabled people had rights breached before and after Grenfell fire, says watchdog

Equinet – European Network of Equality Bodies

How are Equality Bodies Fighting Discrimination on the Ground of Age?

National Diversity Awards

Nominations Open

Refugee Council

New analysis of UK asylum system published today

Operation Black Vote

Far Right extremism kills 48 Muslim Worshipers

Institute of Race Relations

‘Asian grooming gangs’: media, state and the far Right
On International Women’s Day, Kay Stephens reflects on how the far Right and the mainstream co-opt a feminist stance for racist and anti-feminist ends, particularly around issues of sexual violence.

Challenging far-right racism means standing up for women’s rights, says IRR

Runnymede Trust

Three steps to make higher education more inclusive

The Traveller Movement

The Traveller Movement and the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Women’s Empowerment Network mark International Women’s Day 2019

Travellers Times

Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Filming Opportunity
King’s College London are working with Rural Media to create a film celebrating current Gypy, Roma and Traveller university students. The aim of the film is to challenge negative stereotypes and inspire future generations

 

Stonewall

Solidarity and Pride

Inclusive schools and LGBT education is vital

Waverley Care

SX National Website Launched
A national resource focused on helping gay, bisexual and all men who have sex with men across Scotland access the information they need to improve their health and wellbeing.

LEAP Sports Scotland

Rainbow Youth for Sporting Equality
LEAP Sports Scotland, European University Sports Association and Queer Sport Split are joining forces to work on an Erasmus+ project that will create LGBTIQ+ training for sports educators.

Close The Gap

Call for participants: Research on managing paid work with caring roles

Fawcett

Fawcett Comments On EHRC Investigation Into Bbc Pay Discrimination

Rape Crisis Scotland

Fairness, dignity and justice – changing Scotland’s response to sexual crimes
A judicially led review, chaired by the Lord Justice Clerk Lady Dorrian, will develop new proposals for how sexual offences are dealt with within the Scottish Criminal Justice System.

End Violence Against Women

EVAW Coalition – Spring Bulletin March 2019

Government Equalities Office

Government appoints first National Adviser for LGBT Health

Scottish Human Rights Commission

Commission welcomes the review of the Scottish Mental Health Act

 

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Equality regulator opens investigation into BBC over equal pay

Watchdog confirms Grenfell breached human rights laws

 

 

Week beginning 3rd March

International Women's Day 2019 #BalanceforBetter

NEWS

Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights

Evening Reception: UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
21st March. Join CRER and Glasgow City Council to mark the UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Be the first to preview CRER’s forthcoming Virtual Museum of Empire, Colonialism, Slavery and Migration. This new educational resource is part of CRER’s campaign for better representation of Scotland’s Black History.   As well as looking to the future, we’ll reflect on the past, exploring progess in Scotland twenty years on from the publication of the Macpherson report into institutional racism.  Human rights lawyer Jelina Rahman will reflect on her experience working on racial justice issues in Scotland, including her co-ordinating role in the Chhokar Family Justice Campaign, which went on to influence the reform of Scotland’s centuries-old double jeopardy law.

How long does it take to eliminate institutional racism? 16 years, apparently.

One Scotland, One Culture
Is Scotland’s new Culture Strategy failing Black and minority ethnic artists?

 

REACH Community Health Project

Positive Minds Group: Coffee Morning and Open Day
Tuesday 12th March, 10am – 12pm. Tea/Coffee/Snacks. Come along to register. Bring a friend. At Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre, Room 2, 6 – 8 Daisy St, G42 8JL. For more information please contact: Salma or Nargis, 0141 423 7095/ admin@reachhealth.org.uk

Scottish Association for Mental Health

SAMH Comment on Psychological Therapies Waiting Times

 

Glasgow Disability Alliance

SQA Employability Programme
Coming soon –register your interest now!

Activate Programme Information Day
Thursday 2nd May, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm. Activate is a certificated 12 week programme delivered in partnership with the University of Glasgow.

 

Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living

Personal Assistants Network Scotland Glasgow event: 21st Macrh
Do you work with Personal Assistants (PAs) who support your needs, or know someone who does?  PA Network Scotland are holding their next Glasgow event on 21st March, 1pm to 3pm at GCIL’s offices, 117 Brook St, G40 3AP. This free get-together provides an opportunity for PAs to meet, support one another and find out about other services. This month they will be joined by a representative from The Advocacy Project who will be able to tell you about the role advocacy can play in supporting PAs and their employers.  Lunch provided. To attend please register your interest by calling 01563522551 or email info@panetworkscotland.org.uk

 COSLA

Gypsy/Travellers statement issued today

The Traveller Movement

The Traveller Movement and the GRT Women’s Empowerment Network hold exclusive event in parliament to mark International Women’s Day

 

Glasgow City Council
Glasgow Aims to Lead the Way in Asylum Reforms
Glasgow could become the first city in the UK to pilot changes to the asylum process after a multi-agency taskforce recommended a number of proposed reforms.

BBC
Asylum seekers in Glasgow ‘could be cleared to work in six months’

Scottish Refugee Council
Taskforce calls for right to work
We welcome Glasgow City Council adding their voice to the campaign for the right to work. But, our Policy Officer Graham O’Neill cautions that we must be realistic; at this stage the Home Office has only agreed to consider

 

 Human Rights Consortium Scotland

Poverty and Inequality Commission Report: Progress to reduce poverty?

Defamation in Scots law -closes 5 April

Gender and sex questions in next census debated

 

 

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Employers fear using positive action to close disability, ethnicity and gender pay gaps
More employers need to recognise the benefits of using positive action to increase the number of female, disabled and ethnic minority apprentices in Britain.

How we created a meaningful gender pay gap action plan

 

 

Home Office

Strategy to end violence against women and girls: 2016 to 2020
Refreshed strategy added on 6th March, and  Strategy action plan update added.

 

 

Disability Benefits Consortium

DBC statement on changes to benefit system
Yesterday (5th March) Amber Rudd MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions announced proposed changes to the welfare benefits system.

Letter from Secretary of State to the DBC on managed migration

 

 

Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership

February Newsletter 2019

 

 

Scottish Parliament

Can the Freedom of Information Act be improved? Asks Holyrood Committee

 

 

Scottish Government

Universal periodic review of human rights in the United Kingdom 2017: update on five thematic areas

Consultation on Improving Disability Assistance in Scotland

 

 

Scottish Refugee Council

Refugee charities call for urgent action to tackle asylum destitution in Scotland

 

 

UK Human Rights Blog

Shamima Begum: is stripping her of her citizenship the right response?

Week beginning 25th February  (Equality Updates 28th February)

LGBT History Month 2019

LGBT History Month 2019

February is LGBT History Month Scotland CATALYST: 50 years of activism
Celebrating and spotlighting LGBT history and culture in Scotland and beyond

International Women’s Day 8th March #BalanceforBetter
(send me your events to share in the newsletter, the website and on social media)

NEWS

The Glad Cafe

Sisters and Seamonsters
8 March, 7.30pm – 10.30pm, The Glad Cafe, G41 2HG. A night of story, song, tears and laughter celebrating, honouring and discovering the wonderful people who identify as women.


Interfaith Scotland, Religions for Peace and Interfaith Glasgow

Women of Faith: Suffrage, Peace and Human Rights

COSLA

More support needed for people made destitute by the immigration system

The Traveller Movement

Traveller Movement welcomes commitment from Church of England to tackle racism against Gypsy, Roma and Irish Traveller communities in the UK

COSLA

Councils pledge ‘local leadership’ on Gypsy/Travellers’ rights

New Guidance On Migrants’ Rights To Services


Scottish Refugee Council

Justice secretary visits Scottish Guardianship Service

UK Government

Opening Statement to Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Committee

Human Rights Consortium Scotland

Human Rights in the Media event 

 

Operation Black Vote
Oscars 2019: And the winner is…Diversity

 

Scottish Women’s Aid

SWA Conference 2019: ‘The Blame Game’ – Domestic Abuse in Society, Policy and Practice
8th March, Edinburgh

 

Pennington CoHousing

Pioneering Senior CoHousing Project

 

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT)

SPT Regional Transport Strategy – Public Survey
Deadline: 20th March 2019.

 

PB Scotland

Participatory Budgeting Survey

PB Scotland, Learning Event: Digital PB
25th March, 12pm – 3.30pm, Edinburgh. As participatory budgeting (PB) spreads throughout Scotland there is a growing need to explore the role  of digital methods and how we best use them alongside in-person engagement.

 

The Big Issue

How Glasgow’s new role is helping rough sleepers access Universal Credit
The Big Issue went out on the streets of the Scottish city with the UK’s first Digital Inclusion Officer to see how the city council’s new role is stopping people on the margins from being left behind

 

Glasgow City Council

Council budget invests in city communities and protects local services
Glasgow City Council has passed a budget that invests in communities and ensures the city is ready to deal with its half-billion-pounds equal pay bill.

 

Runnymede Trust

Briefing: Ethnic Minorities at the 2017 General Election

News from Runnymede Trust
Ethnic Minorities at the 2017 General Election
The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report: 20 Years On
Treasury Select Committee recommends equality impact assessment
Runnymede in the news
Windrush fundraiser tops £40K

 

Birds Of Paradise Theatre Company

BOP Young Artists
This project will see a group of 6-8 young disabled people work together over a number of weeks to develop skills in all areas of the performing arts, for example writing, acting or directing. The group will meet in Glasgow between April and July 2019. Application DEADLINE: Monday 18 March at 10pm

Imaginate @ BOP Artists
Research and development opportunity for a disabled performance maker based anywhere in Scotland, to explore and develop a new performance idea for young audiences. There is a fee of £2000 and the work has to take place between April 2019 – March 2020.  Deadline: 5pm on Monday 25th March 2019

 

Holyrood Insight

Disability in Scotland: A National Conference
11th June, Edinburgh

week beginning 18th February (full newsletter sent 21/02/19)

LGBT History Month 2019

LGBT History Month 2019

February is LGBT History Month Scotland CATALYST: 50 years of activism
Celebrating and spotlighting LGBT history and culture in Scotland and beyond

International Women’s Day 8th March #BalanceforBetter
(send me your events to share in the newsletter, the website and on social media)

NEWS

  

Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights

Fostering Good Race Relations in Scotland
26th February, Glasgow

 

Glasgow Equality Forum

Training: How can Participation Requests promote equality in Glasgow?
Thursday 28th February, 9.30am – 12.30pm, Glasgow. Participation requests remain an under-used power in Glasgow, and 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.

 

 

Glasgow Women’s Voluntary Sector Network

Wise Women’s Consultation With Survivors Of Gender Based Violence 2017
18th March, 10.30am – 12.30pm, Glasgow. In 2017/18 Wise Women Glasgow were commissioned by The Scottish Government to consult with Women Survivors of Violence and Abuse, with the information gathered used to carry forward and influence their Equally Safe Strategy. 112 women took part in the Consultation.  The statistics and quotes from the report, available on the day, could be useful when submitting funding applications, informing current or shaping new policies and strategies surrounding Violence Against Women. This session will present the findings of the consultation, which will be of interest to practitioners, managers, decision makers and fundraisers alike. For more information or to register please email GWVSN@wisewomen.org.uk or contact Dawn at 0141 370 0739.

 

Scottish Women’s Aid

Conference: ‘The Blame Game’ – Domestic abuse in society, policy and practice
8th March, 10am – 4pm, Edinburgh

 

Runnymede

Home Office found ‘Guilty’ after mock trial
Artists, community organisers and others put the Home Office ‘on trial’ last Monday, reacting to the criminalisation of migrants under the Hostile Environment policy.

 

Mental Health Foundation Scotland

Charity “mentoring scheme” gives Scotland’s refugees the skills to flourish

 

Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership

Local People Discuss Older People’s Health and Care Services in North West Glasgow

 

Scottish Government

Increase in mental health workforce

Brexit concerns raised by third sector

Fuel Poverty Bill

 

 

Interfaith Glasgow: Interfaith Food Justice Network

From Food Poverty to Good Food Nation
5th March, 4pm – 8.30pm, Glasgow Central Gurdwara.  A networking event by the Interfaith Food Justice Network, with support from Nourish Scotland, bringing together people who are concerned about food poverty in our country, to explore concrete ways in which we can change our food system for generations to come. There will be two Workshop sessions: 4 pm – 7 pm and 5.30 /6 pm – 8.30 pm.

 

Interfaith Scotland, Religions for Peace and Interfaith Glasgow

Women of Faith: Suffrage, Peace and Human Rights
10th March, Glasgow. A dialogue and launch event for men and women of all faiths and beliefs. This new educational resource, produced by Interfaith Scotland and Religions for Peace UK Women of Faith Network, tells the stories of extraordinary women of faith from around the world, from the Suffragette movement of the early 20th Century to the present day.

 

Institutue of Race Relations

The London Clearances A Background Paper On Race, Housing And Policing

 

 

ZeroTolerance

Any Woman, Anywhere
In celebration of International Women’s Day 2019, Zero Tolerance, AMINA The Muslim Women’s Resource Centre, The Church of Scotland and Summerhall ask you to join us in our new campaign #AnyWomanAnywhere to increase awareness and understanding of violence against women.

 

Scottish Refugee Council

Supporting unaccompanied children in Scotland
The Scottish Guardianship Service

 

Close The Gap

Still Not Visible: Research on Black and minority ethnic women’s experiences of employment in Scotland (PDF)

 

Equality Network

Survey: Reproductive and fertility services
The purpose of this survey is to find out about LGBTI people’s experiences of reproductive and fertility services in Scotland, and explore whether LGBTI people receive good, comprehensive, easily accessible services, or not.

 

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Twitter Feed: In the news today: Hospitals have wrongly told migrants who were in need of urgent care to pay for it in advance even though they qualified for free treatment

Twitter Feed: landmark moments for LGBT rights in the UK


Scottish Drugs Forum

Conference: Bridging That Gap – Delivering Scotland’s Drug and Mental Health Strategies
14th March 2019

 

CRER Scotland and Scottish Queer International Film Festival

Qtipoc Short Films for LGBT History Month

 

Engender Scotland

OntheEngender Podcast: Scottish Women and the Vote


Scottish Government Consultations

Changing Places Toilets: Building Standards Consultation
Closes 13th May

Equally Safe A consultation on legislation to improve forensic medical services for victims of rape and sexual assault
Consulting on proposals to improve forensic medical services for victims of rape and sexual assault

 

The Empower Project
Trustees
We are an intersectional, feminist, membership organisation supporting communities to lead change to end gender based violence in Scotland.  We are seeking two trustees to complement our existing board of four. We are particularly interested in increasing the diversity and experience of board members, specifically with experience of organising in young BAME and LGBTQIA communities.  Applications close 13th March.  


The Independent

BBC accused of sexism for describing Oscar-nominee as ‘sound-editor mum’


Women’s History Scotland

Audacious Women Festival – Edinburgh, 21-25 February 2019

week beginning 11th February

LGBT History Month 2019

LGBT History Month 2019

February is LGBT History Month Scotland CATALYST: 50 years of activism
Celebrating and spotlighting LGBT history and culture in Scotland and beyond

 

NEWS

 

LEAP Sports Scotland

Festival Fortnight Small Grants Launched
You can now apply for funding to help you run an event for Festival Fortnight 2019.

 
Glasgow Community Planning Partnership

Equalities Training
GCC Community Empowerment Services are gathering information about what equalities training is being delivered by CPP partners – including the third sector – in Glasgow.  If you deliver equalities training courses or events on a regular basis and are interested in exploring how we might deliver equalities training in partnership, please get in touch.  We are looking to finish the mapping by the end of February.   Contact: Judith Hunter in Community Empowerment Services on 276 9876 or email Judith.Hunter@glasgow.gov.uk     

 


Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights

Addressing Inclusion: Effectively challenging racism in schools
New resource from CRER & respectme

CRER Training: Introduction to Race Equality
12th March, Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow. This free training session from CRER will build your understanding of race and racism in the Scottish context, giving you the tools you need to promote equality for minority ethnic people. Free to attend for voluntary sector staff and volunteers.

Fostering Good Race Relations in Scotland: Last chance to book!
26th February, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, 26th February


Strathclyde Partnership For Transport

Regional Transport Strategy

 


Community Safety Glasgow – Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership

Equally Safe Young People – Training
5th March. Equally Safe Young People aims to increase awareness of the issue of abuse and sexual exploitation in young people’s relationships. The training is for anyone who works with young people


Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board

Invitation to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Annual Review 2017-18
11th March, 2pm, Glasgow. The purpose of the event is to hold the NHS Board to account for our delivery of the Local Delivery Plan Standards throughout 2017/18.  There will be a presentation on the progress the Board has and continues to make in delivering the Scottish Government’s Health & Social Care Delivery Plan and our aim of delivering Better Health, Better Care, Better Value and a Better Workplace.  The event will be opened by the Cabinet Secretary. To Register: www.nhsggc.org.uk/annualreview18 or call 0800 066 43 60 NO LATER than 6th March.

 


Engage Scotland

Scottish Housing Regulator’s National Panel
“Add your voice to the Scottish Housing Regulator National Panel and help to improve social landlord services.  Members receive occasional surveys and can take part in other feedback exercises.  Find out more: www.bit.ly/shr-panel or 0800 433 7212”

Stonewall Scotland

Stonewall Scotland Education Conference 2019
2nd May, Glasgow


Engender

Making Work Visible is back – and we need your help!
This year, Engender are running a photography and video project to show all of the different things women in Scotland do. We are looking for people to take part in this photography project to tell us about women’s lives across Scotland.

The Fawcett

MARCH 4 WOMEN 2019
3rd March, London


Inclusion Scotland

Inclusion Scotland Accessible Social Media Guide

Barnardo’s

Barnardo’s calls for LGBT relationships to be included in lessons in all schools

Refugee Council

Integrated Communities Strategy Paper and Action Plan – Refugee Council response

Holyrood Magazine

South Ayrshire could be first council in Europe to offer paid leave to victims of domestic abuse

 

Friends Families and Travellers

Get Tough On Site Provision, Not On People With No Place To Go

Close The Gap

Gender Pay Gap Statistics (PDF)

Everything you wanted to know about the gender pay gap but were afraid to ask (PDF)

Scottish Refugee Council

Court of Session to rule on lawfulness of Serco’s proposed evictions

 


UK Government

‘Upskirting’ now a specific crime as bill receives Royal Assent

 

Scottish Government

Protecting Children and Young People: Child Protection Committee and Chief Officer Responsibilities

Freedom of Information – extension of coverage to registered social landlords – Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment

EQIA – Freedom of Information – extension of coverage to registered social landlords

 

Barnardo’s

Eight-year-olds sexually exploited online, says Barnardo’s

 

week beginning 4th February

LGBT History Month 2019

LGBT History Month 2019

February is LGBT History Month Scotland CATALYST: 50 years of activism
Celebrating and spotlighting LGBT history and culture in Scotland and beyond

 

 

5th February Safer Internet Day 2019 

6th February International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation  : FGM Aware : Women’s Support Project

7th February Time To Talk Day

NEWS

 

Glasgow City Council

Councillors back equal pay deal

10,000 Families could benefit from more free early learning and childcare

Street Change Glasgow to Help Transform Lives of City’s Most Vulnerable
Glasgow is to set up an Alternative Giving scheme to help transform the lives of people of who participate in begging.

Emergency working group set up to tackle city’s climate change challenge

 

Engender

Gender Edit Of The Scottish Government Budget 2019-2020


LEAP Sports

Football Carnival activities launched as part of Football v Homophobia Month of Action

ILGA Europe

One In Three European And Central Asian LGBTI Organisations Received No External Funding In 2017

Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights

Fostering Good Race Relations in Scotland
26th February, Glasgow


All Party Parliamentary Group On Hate Crime Enquiry

REPORT LAUNCH: ‘How can we build community cohesion when hate crime is on the rise?’

Runnymede Trust

How To Use Research To Change The World (Free event)
18th February, Glasgow Caledonian University. Third seminar of the Common Cause Glasgow Network which is a partnership between The Runnymede Trust and Glasgow Caledonian Univeristy which is being set up for BME leaders, new and experienced, in Glasgow and its regions.This Seminar will will focus on how to centre research methods as a way of deepening your expertise, increasing your confidence and grounding yourself in the vision you have for changing the world.


ACAS

Acas launches new guidance to help prevent age discrimination at work

 

Scottish Government Equality Unit

Stop Violence Against Women: Equally Safe Bulletin February 2019

 

Scottish Women’s Aid

SWA Conference 2019: ‘The Blame Game’ – Domestic Abuse in Society, Policy and Practice
8th March, 10am – 4pm, Edinburgh

 


University of Edinburgh
and Equality Network

Equality And Intersectionality
29th February, Edinburgh. The event will be an exciting opportunity to: share learning about equality work and applying intersectionality across cities, sectors and countries of the UK; network with people working in equality third sector organisations in England and Scotland, people in the public sector, academics and equality policy makers. The event will include presentations about using intersectionality in equality practice, practical workshops and time to network. 

 


KWISA (African Women in Scotland), Bright Choices and Waverley Care

‘FGM: Past, Present and Future’

9th February, Edinburgh

 

 Amina – the Muslim Women’s Resource Centre

Just ‘Cos I’m a Girl – Glasgow Screening

13th February, 2.30pm – 4pm, Glasgow Women’s Library. The film explores the issue of male privilege from the viewpoint of young women from Muslim, Black & Minority Ethnic communities. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.

 

 Scottish Parliament

Social security and its impact on rented housing to be investigated

Social Security And In-Work Poverty Report

 

 

Scottish Government

Ministerial Strategic Group for Health and Community Care – Review of Progress with Integration of Health and Social Care – Final Report

NHSScotland Learning Disability Employment: Tools and Guidance

Commissioner for Fair Access discussion paper: disabled students at university
This paper considers representation, entrant trends, retention and degree outcomes for disabled students by disability group.

Social Security Experience Panels: Young Carer Grant Research

 

  Equality and Human Rights Commission

Racial harassment in higher education: our inquiry
We want to hear from staff and students who have experienced, witnessed or helped in an incident of racial harassment from September 2015 onwards. Closing date: Thursday 28 February

Free speech to be protected at university

 

Disability News Service

Minister seeks recruits for new disability network… but refuses to pay them

 

Samaritans

Young people, the online environment and suicide

 

week beginning 28th January


February is LGBT History Month Scotland CATALYST: 50 years of activism
Celebrating and spotlighting LGBT history and culture in Scotland and beyond

LGBT History Month Events At The University Of Strathclyde
18th February: Panel discussion: ‘There and back again: An exploration through 50 years of LGBT+ activism
21st February: An evening of performance coordinated by the School of Education
22nd February: publication launch: ‘Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Students and Staff in Further and Higher Education: Practical Advice for Colleges and Universities’

 

Equality Network

Reproductive and fertility services SURVEY
The purpose of this survey is to find out about LGBTI people’s experiences of reproductive and fertility services in Scotland, and explore whether LGBTI people receive good, comprehensive, easily accessible services, or not.

 

LEAP Sports Scotland

Seminar: LGBTI Community Engagement
27th February, Edinburgh

Actively Included – LGBTI training for the sports sector
11th September, Glasgow

 

YCSA

Pollokshields Youth Consultation
To all young people in Pollokshields and the neighbouring areas of South Glasgow! We want your opinions and ideas to create fun and interesting new activities for a new Friday evening club (for 12-18 year olds) starting between February and March. The program will be run as a collaboration with Glasgow Life and the Pollokshields Development Association.

 

Holyrood Magazine

We’re kidding ourselves if we think the attitudes of pickup artists don’t permeate the dating mainstream

 

Close The Gap

Launch of innovative new employer accreditation, Equally Safe at Work

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Roma and Travellers Survey 2018

 

Glasgow Centre for Population Health

At the Deep End: integrating money advice workers into GP practices

 

Scottish Recovery Network

Collaborative Providers: Delivering transformation in care and support for Scotland

Imagination cannot be imprisoned

Reflections on Renfrewshire Conversation Café

 

 

Scottish Human Rights Commission

Submission: Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill

 

Glasgow City Council

Drugs Deaths Warning Over Lethal Street Valium

Council considers new strategy to make best use of its property and land

 

Scottish Government

One Scotland: Hate Has No Home Here – A Consultation Easy Read

New group to tackle loneliness: Delivering the social isolation strategy

Homelessness in Scotland: Update to 30 September 2018

 

 

Scottish Refugee Council

Launch: New Scots Connect
Today, Scottish Refugee Council is launching a new Scotland-wide network of local communities, groups, and organisations to enhance the welcoming environment for refugees.

Holocaust Memorial Day
Media Officer Chris reflects on the horrors of the Holocaust as the genesis for Human Rights and the Refugee Convention

We need more ‘Glasgow Girls’ to fight injustice

The Trojans
8th and 9th February. A new adaptation of Euripides’ Trojan Women performed by Syrian Refugees. Ticket price £8.50  Concessions £5. Children £4. Free entry for people going through the asylum system and refugees.

 

Institute of Race Relations

Entrenching Hierarchies: The New Immigration White Paper
The white paper’s differential treatment of ‘low risk’ and ‘high risk’ nationalities, ‘high skilled’ and ‘low skilled’ people, will create new hierarchies of race and class – and intolerable hardship.


Operation Black Vote

Black Panther: ‘Young gifted and Black’ And award winners too

 

Oxford Human Rights Hub

Continued Criminalisation in Ireland’s New Abortion Law

Trump’s Invocation of Emergency Powers over Border Wall: Is It Legal?

Holyrood Magazine

‘Bad news’ as homelessness statistics reveal further increase in children living in temporary accommodation

Holyrood committee calls for Scottish Government to go further in protecting child witnesses

Alex Salmond charged with attempted rape

See Me Scotland

Time To Talk Day 7th February
Conversations have the power to change lives, wherever they take place. If you’re looking for ideas on how to get started, then we have a communities pack and a workplace pack, to help get you going, just click on the packs here

 

Scottish Recovery Network

Collaborative Providers: Delivering transformation in care and support for Scotland

Imagination cannot be imprisoned

Reflections on Renfrewshire Conversation Café

 

Scottish Parliament

Holyrood Committee calls for improvements to tackle fuel poverty

Stage 1 Report on the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill (PDF)

Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living

GCIL’s Self-Directed Support Services Stakeholders Meeting
7th February, 11am – 1pm. We want to find out more about how we can best help you with Self-Directed Support. Also attending will be The Advocacy Project and Glasgow Disability Alliance who have new projects recently launched. You can find out more about these, including the role of advocacy and welfare rights support for people claiming SDS. Even if you do not currently access SDS or have been unsuccessful in applying for it, we would really value you being there to share your experiences with us. Refreshments will be provided and we can arrange free transport for you upon request.  To RSVP please contact Alasdair via alasdair@gcil.org.uk or by calling 0141 550 4455.

Project Ability

Exhibition: My Life in London
January 12 – February 27. My Life in London is the culmination of a year of creative explorations by ActionSpace artists Thompson Hall and Ian Wornast, funded by an Unlimited Emerging Artist Commission.

Friends Families and Travellers

Advice For Advisors Portal Launched For Organisations And Advocates Supporting Members Of Gypsy And Traveller Communities

week beginning 21st January (Equality Updates 24th January now published)

 

Engender

What’s in it for women? Scottish Government Budget 2019-2020

Women’s Support Project

FGM Aware: Working together to end FGM: An event to mark the International Day of zero tolerance for FGM
Monday 4th February, 1.30pm – 4pm Edinburgh. We have organised this event, with support from COSLA, to mark the International Day of zero tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.  This is an opportunity for networking and information sharing, to hear about current initiatives around FGM, and to highlight the importance of all sectors working together.  Our panel speakers include Jane Chiodini, Dean of the Faculty of Travel Medicine and Vickie Davitt, GBV and FGM Specialist Midwife. To attend please email jan@womenssupportproject.org.uk

International Day of zero tolerance for FGM. 6th February
We can all help to raise awareness about Female Genital Mutilation. Some helpful personal and organisational actions include: Check out FGM Aware for key information relevant to Scotland; watch the short film `Sara`s Story`, encourage others to watch it,. Arrange a screening at your work. See here for NHS information on FGM.  Make a donation to a charity working to end FGM, such as KWISA, working to empower African women in Scotland and beyond, or a chairty such as the Fistula Foundation which provides life changing treatment for women suffering obstretic fistulas.

Close The Gap

Gender Pay Gap Statistics January 2019 (PDF)

Everything you wanted to know about the gender pay gap

Stonewall

Remembering the Holocaust

The Trump-Pence administration’s ban on trans people in the military

Scottish Childminding Association

Gender equal play in Early Learning and Childcare
Children across Scotland are to benefit from a drive to promote gender equal play in early learning and childcare settings.

Outspoken Arts

Glasgay! Archive Publication Launch 14 Feb ’19

Celebrate 21 years of the fantastic legacy of the former Glasgay! Festival 1993-2014: 14 Feb, 8pm – 11pm, Tron Theatre.

The Conversation

Syrian, Scottish, British: how I came to belong before I became a UK citizen

Menopause discrimination is a real thing – this is how employers can help

 

Equality Network

There’s still time to have your say on reproductive and fertility services in Scotland

British Institue of Human Rights

Joint letter summarising concerns that the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill fails to protect human rights

Centre for Aging Better

Five things people get wrong about later life

 

Holyrood Magazine

More diversity needed in teaching profession
Teachers from ethnic minority backgrounds make up just 1.4 per cent of the workforce

Named person plan suffers fresh setback

 Tackling Human Trafficking in Scotland
31st January, Edinburgh

Women’s Budget Group

The Likely Economic Impact of Brexit on Women: Lessons from Gender and Trade Research

February is LGBT History Month Scotland
Celebrating and spotlighting LGBT history and culture in Scotland and beyond

Glasgow City Council

Equal Pay Settlement Update


Scottish Government

Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights in the United Kingdom 2017: update on five thematic areas

South of Scotland Enterprise Bill: Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment

Early Years Assistance (Best Start Grants) (Scotland) Regulations 2019: Fairer Scotland Duty Summary

Citizen’s Advice Scotland

CAS responds to Scottish Government Funeral Expense Assistance regulations

Scottish Refugee Council

“Together we are strong”: Glasgow Girls on Tour!

 

Barnardo’s

Charity calls for more foster carers as number of children in care rises by 27 percent in a decade in England

Operation Black Vote

Black British Leaders endure threats, insults and gross unfairness

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.