Women s Rights: Issues for the Coming Decades

Size: px
Start display at page:

Download "Women s Rights: Issues for the Coming Decades"

Transcription

1 September 24, 2010 Suzanne B. Goldberg Columbia Law School Remarks for the International Conference on the Protection of Women s Rights Women s Rights: Issues for the Coming Decades I am delighted to be here with such an esteemed group of colleagues and audience members. Thank you for having me. I begin my remarks from the basic view that we all want, in ten years, to have a different conversation from the one we are having now. This is not to say that today s problems will disappear, but rather that we will make enough dents in them that we will be standing in a different place in If there is one thing we have learned from academic literature about gender and feminism, as well as from life experience, it is quite complicated even to understand who women are as a category of people, let alone how best to secure the protection of women s rights. Indeed, as we know, some of the early projects designed to protect women s rights wound up benefiting some women, but doing nothing for others, and, in some cases, even causing harm to still other groups of women. Yet, as we also know, from both advocates and those who study the status of women, it is also vitally important to take steps, even in this complex world, because the currents of inequality and violence against women run deep and cause daily harm. So we have a tension between the need to act and the complications of acting in a way that is effective. In my remarks, I want to offer some ideas about how to deal with this tension. I will do this in two parts. First, I will step back from the specific problems that we have begun to discuss, and will continue to discuss this afternoon, and offer two broad frames we for thinking about women s rights projects during the next decade. And second, I will talk about how those frames can be useful in thinking about concrete steps toward greater protection of women s rights. So, to the frames. My focus is on two major frames one is location; the other is identity that can help us wrestle with the tension I just mentioned between the need to act and the complications associated with taking actions. (There are surely other frames as well but in my limited time, I will talk just about these two.) By location, I mean being aware of the varied settings both physical and not in which women experience discrimination and violence as a consequence of their sex and gender. And by 1

2 identity, I mean the ways in which different aspects of women s identities shape our experiences in these different locations. More specifically, by location, I mean the obvious, physical locations of workplace, home, public spaces, and healthcare and educational environments, as well as refugee camps as well as geographic location where on the globe women live but also the locations that are less physical than conceptual; the ones we think about less often as presenting particular challenges for women ranging from scientific and healthcare research, to interactions with government agencies, and more. By identity, I mean to include what we often think about in terms of demographic categories race, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, immigration status, nationality, and also other factors that we less often think about as aspects of identity but also fundamentally shape a woman s experiences including class, physical and mental health, occupation, marital status, parental status, and more. For example, the experience of a sex worker or a lawyer, or a young lesbian woman or an older woman of color even in the same public space or educational environment, for instance; even in the same medical care office, to be more specific may be very different and when there are problems, different types of responses will be often needed. I also want to pause to underscore one additional identity category that has an enormous impact on a woman s life experience the category of gender identity. Transgender women that is, women who are not born as anatomical girls but who experience themselves as female consistently face dramatic and pervasive violence and discrimination. For many, that violence and discrimination is coupled with extreme poverty because, in most places, they are unable to get jobs other than sex work. In my Sexuality & Gender Law Clinic, we recently represented a transgender woman seeking asylum in the US. Because she is transgender, she was brutalized at home, within her family, and then again at school. And, when she went to the police for protection after being brutalized in the streets, she was brutalized there too. We might even think of transgender women as a kind of canary in the coal mine meaning that they are a group of women who are especially at risk and especially likely to suffer along many dimensions when the rights of women are not protected. So, how do these frames help us as we think about protecting women s rights going forward? In part, they remind us of both the reach and limitations of our ability to bring about change. Put more positively, I believe these frames of identity and location can benefit our work and make it more effective if we keep them consistently in mind. That is, if we ask ourselves, over and over, to think about the locations that our analysis and projects aim to 2

3 reach, and about the ways in which our analysis and projects will reach some women and not others. I will offer an illustration from my own experience, both doing lesbian and gay rights litigation for many years and, now, directing a law school clinic in sexuality and gender law. In my advocacy work, I have repeatedly seen that some cases have mattered a great deal for some groups of gay people but also that no one case, however important, even at the US Supreme Court, has had the same impact across the diverse gay communities both in terms of location and identity. Just to take an example that has been in the news quite a lot recently having marriage can make a tremendous difference for some lesbian couples (and gay couples as well) both by providing legal protections for their families and by providing real economic benefits that often flow from being married. Yet, winning marriage will not mean the end to discrimination and violence against lesbian women. Indeed, for many lesbians, including those without partners and those without substantial financial resources, marriage may make relatively little difference in terms of the rights- protection that we are discussing today. But a law that forbids discrimination against lesbians in health care or by public agencies and meaningful enforcement of that law may have tremendous, life changing consequences. Or, to take a very different example: in the past year, my Sexuality & Gender Law Clinic has made two submissions to the European Court of Human Rights in trafficking cases. In one, the young woman had been forced into sex trafficking from Africa (Uganda) and had wound up in Europe. There was no doubt that she had been trafficked; the only question was about whether the country to which she had moved was required to allow her to remain for the long term. The other case involved intrafamilial trafficking and the trafficking was into domestic servitude within the family in a Somali refugee camp. There, too, the legal question related to the young woman s right to remain in the European country where she was living. But, although both cases fall under the broad label of trafficking, the differences in the women s identity specifically, in their family status made a tremendous difference in both judicial and public perceptions of what had happened and the remedies to which the young women might be entitled. And for those of us who advocate in this area, when we think more broadly about how best to secure and protect the rights of women who have been trafficked, these cases remind us that our responses like those we want from the court must take account of the way women s different locations and identities affect their vulnerability as well as what they need to move forward. 3

4 In this way, the frames of identity and location not only point out the limitations of our work but also can be productive and helpful in the design of advocacy projects, services, and policy analyses. Let me offer another example here, in connection with the ongoing discussion of the Millennium Development Goals at the United Nations. In Times Square, as you may know, Amnesty International posted a maternal death clock to show graphically that a woman dies every 90 seconds in childbirth somewhere in the world which relates directly to one of the UN s major development goals. This seem to me to be a striking and probably effective strategy for calling attention to a critical issue for the wellbeing of many women. Yet, when we think about how to implement a response to the problem, we must filter our responses to the general problem highlighted by the clock with nuanced consideration of location and identity. I can focus on the US here. In NY, for example, the maternal death rate is two times the national average for the US. Yet when we look more closely at the numbers, we see that most deaths are among women with serious health problems, women of color, and poor women and that these categories often overlap. This tells us, of course, that our strategies have to be tailored to the locations and identities of the populations we are trying to help, and that the public health strategy for NYC will probably be different than the strategy for addressing the problem in another part of the US, and certainly different from the strategies for addressing the problem in Southern Africa, Asia, and elsewhere in the world. Turning to yet another, quite different front, let us think about the European Commission s newly issued Strategy for Equality between Men and Women. In the Strategy, we see a number of goals related to economic independence, antidiscrimination, eradication of gender stereotypes and gender- based violence, and representation of women in decision- making, among others. And we see, I should add, a great variety of approaches to achieving the strategic goals ranging from ideas about greater transparency in pay to awareness- raising campaigns on a range of topics, including violence against women, to plans for enhancing the representation of women in decision- making bodies. Imagine if we were to take up these goals, thinking about location and identity from the outset. So that there would be no expectation that one message or plan will serve all women in any one of these areas. And that from the very early design stages through to implementation whether for messages, funding, programs, or policies and legislation decision makers would aim to find ways to shape the planned actions to the complex population of women whose lives they are trying to affect. We have, of course, seen some efforts and some success around domestic violence, for example, with service providers addressing particular needs related to immigration status and 4

5 poverty I should add, though, that we have seen much less success around addressing the impact of sexual orientation or gender identity, or the ways in which domestic violence shapes women s experiences in health care and in educational settings, among others. And often, when we move away from violence and crises, like maternal death, we see much less consistent responsiveness to location and identity altogether whether we are talking about eradicating employment discrimination or pay inequity or bias in courts or insuring the representation of women on decision- making bodies. We would, quite possibly, arrive at both a different set of programs and, hopefully, at a higher degree of effectiveness. Of course, in some ways, my point, in reminding us to pay attention to location and identity, is a long way of saying what many of us know so well from experience that life is complicated, and that our strategies for making life better need to be complicated as well. But, put that way, the task can sound unbearably difficult. Being more concrete and specific about the types of locations and identities in the mix can help break the task into somewhat smaller parts even if, as is always true, even these smaller parts will not match perfectly or even very well with our lived experiences. Also, to be sure, even if we do commit to thinking more concretely about the complications we face in bringing about change, and to taking steps at the outset to address the those complications, we will not eliminate the challenges to the health, welfare, and safety of all women. But we will, just as surely, find ourselves in a different conversation and with a different set of problems the next time we meet. 5

SOUTHAMPTON CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP EQUALITY STRATEGY What we plan to do about: EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS EASY READ

SOUTHAMPTON CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP EQUALITY STRATEGY What we plan to do about: EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS EASY READ SOUTHAMPTON CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP EQUALITY STRATEGY 2013-2017 What we plan to do about: EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS EASY READ HOW WE WILL MAKE SURE EVERYONE IS TREATED FAIRLY AND EQUALLY

More information

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER 1 THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER Overseas Travel Guidance for Staff with Protected Characteristics Guidance February 2015 2 Contents Introduction... 3 The Protected Characteristics... 3 Guidance... 4 Confidentiality

More information

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women United Nations CEDAW/C/ETH/Q/6-7 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women Distr.: General 4 November 2010 Original: English Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination

More information

Equality & Diversity Issues affecting victims of Domestic Violence

Equality & Diversity Issues affecting victims of Domestic Violence Equality & Diversity Issues affecting victims of Domestic Violence In Islington, from 2007-2010, there were 6856 domestic violence offences (out of 13,091 overall violent offences against women): 59% of

More information

Swansea University. Dignity at Work and Study Policy

Swansea University. Dignity at Work and Study Policy Swansea University Dignity at Work and Study Policy Easy Read Version Please ask us if you would like this policy to be made available in other languages or formats. Please contact a member of the Equal

More information

Onshore Wind Energy: Supplementary Guidance. Equalities Impact Assessment. March 2012

Onshore Wind Energy: Supplementary Guidance. Equalities Impact Assessment. March 2012 Onshore Wind Energy: Supplementary Guidance Equalities Impact Assessment March 2012 Contents Introduction...3 What is an Equalities Impact Assessment?...3 Assessment...5 Conclusion...9 Introduction This

More information

Gender Based Violence

Gender Based Violence Gender Based Violence Background and problem statement Background Gender-based violence (GBV) is violence that is directed against a person on the basis of gender (European Institute for Gender Equality,

More information

What are Human Rights?

What are Human Rights? What are Human Rights? Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that every person has, no matter who they are. Human rights apply to everyone, no matter their race, sex, religion, language or any

More information

OVERVIEW OF THE EQUALITY ACT 2010

OVERVIEW OF THE EQUALITY ACT 2010 OVERVIEW OF THE EQUALITY ACT 2010 1. Context A new Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. The Equality Act brings together over 116 separate pieces of legislation into one single Act. Combined,

More information

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH AND CLINICAL EXCELLENCE CENTRE FOR CLINICAL PRACTICE QUALITY STANDARDS PROGRAMME

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH AND CLINICAL EXCELLENCE CENTRE FOR CLINICAL PRACTICE QUALITY STANDARDS PROGRAMME NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH AND CLINICAL EXCELLENCE CENTRE FOR CLINICAL PRACTICE QUALITY STANDARDS PROGRAMME Quality standard topic: Dementia supporting people to live well with dementia Output: Equality

More information

Human Rights Council UPR for Jordan

Human Rights Council UPR for Jordan P a g e 1 Human Rights Council UPR for Jordan Jordan praised for improvement of women s rights, upbraided on administrative detention, prisons, torture, the media, and discrimination against foreign workers

More information

REPORT ABOUT THE SITUATION OF ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR WOMEN IN THE AMERICAS: QUESTIONNAIRE

REPORT ABOUT THE SITUATION OF ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR WOMEN IN THE AMERICAS: QUESTIONNAIRE REPORT ABOUT THE SITUATION OF ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR WOMEN IN THE AMERICAS: QUESTIONNAIRE INTRODUCTION Objectives: The present questionnaire has been prepared as part of the actual work plan of the Special

More information

THE RIGHTS OF NON-NATIONALS AND LEGAL AID

THE RIGHTS OF NON-NATIONALS AND LEGAL AID 1 THE RIGHTS OF NON-NATIONALS AND LEGAL AID The Legal Aid Commissions There are eight Legal Aid Commissions throughout Australia representing each State or Territory. The Commissions are independent statutory

More information

APPENDIX: OVERVIEW OF PUBLIC INTEREST WORK

APPENDIX: OVERVIEW OF PUBLIC INTEREST WORK APPENDIX: OVERVIEW OF PUBLIC INTEREST WORK Public interest work is done in a wide variety of practice settings. Lawyers also use different advocacy approaches. Finally, different organizations focus on

More information

Equality and diversity glossary of terms

Equality and diversity glossary of terms Equality and diversity glossary of terms Term Authority Belief Black & Minority Ethnic British Sign Language BSL Commission / s / ing Community Communities of interest Community Sector Council County Council

More information

GUIDANCE & TEMPLATE FOR CARRYING OUT EQUALITY ANALYSIS (EA)

GUIDANCE & TEMPLATE FOR CARRYING OUT EQUALITY ANALYSIS (EA) GUIDANCE & TEMPLATE FOR CARRYING OUT EQUALITY ANALYSIS (EA) EQUALITY ANAYLIS (EA) In order to meet the requirements of this duty the Trust will use the equality analysis which has been developed to be

More information

The Minimum Wage. When should you receive more than the minimum wage?

The Minimum Wage. When should you receive more than the minimum wage? The Minimum Wage In AZ, the minimum wage is $8.05/hr. Almost all workers in Arizona have the right to receive the minimum wage. Your immigration status doesn t matter at all. When should you receive more

More information

!"!"#$ A/HRC/33/L.3/Rev.1. General Assembly. United Nations

!!#$ A/HRC/33/L.3/Rev.1. General Assembly. United Nations United Nations General Assembly Distr.: Limited 28 September 2016 A/HRC/33/L.3/Rev.1 Original: English Human Rights Council Thirty-third session Agenda item 3 Promotion and protection of all human rights,

More information

The rights of women seeking asylum: a charter

The rights of women seeking asylum: a charter The rights of seeking asylum: a charter The rights of seeking asylum: a charter Women come to the UK to seek protection from a range of human rights abuses abroad. Whilst some of their experiences, such

More information

Greater Dandenong Policy

Greater Dandenong Policy Diversity, Access and Equity Policy 2015 File Number: A3557192 Authority: Council Directorate: Community Services Responsible Officer: Policy Type: Discretional Version No: 01 Manager, Community Development

More information

EQUALITY ACT 2010: PUBLIC SECTOR EQUALITY DUTY WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW? A QUICK START GUIDE FOR PUBLIC SECTOR ORGANISATIONS

EQUALITY ACT 2010: PUBLIC SECTOR EQUALITY DUTY WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW? A QUICK START GUIDE FOR PUBLIC SECTOR ORGANISATIONS EQUALITY ACT 2010: PUBLIC SECTOR EQUALITY DUTY WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW? A QUICK START GUIDE FOR PUBLIC SECTOR ORGANISATIONS www.homeoffice.gov.uk/equalities/ 1 This guidance was last updated on 30 June

More information

NAMIBIAN HIV/AIDS CHARTER OF RIGHTS

NAMIBIAN HIV/AIDS CHARTER OF RIGHTS Namibian HIV-AIDS Charter of Rights 1 NAMIBIAN HIV/AIDS CHARTER OF RIGHTS Preamble Recognising that people living with HIV/AIDS continue to face discrimination and prejudice which preclude them from access

More information

Domestic abuse. Introduction. What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse. Introduction. What is domestic abuse? Domestic abuse Introduction There are some issues which seem to sit outside the immediate remit of the employer but are so important that they exert an obligation on employers to get involved. One of these

More information

Advocate for Women s Rights Using International Law

Advocate for Women s Rights Using International Law 300 Appendix A Advocate for Women s Rights Using International Law The United Nations (UN) brings together almost every government in the world to discuss issues, resolve conflicts, and make treaties affecting

More information

EQUALITY RIGHTS IN NORTHERN IRELAND

EQUALITY RIGHTS IN NORTHERN IRELAND EQUALITY RIGHTS IN NORTHERN IRELAND INTRODUCTION The CWU Equal Opportunities Department are pleased to put this Northern Ireland Equality Laws Toolkit together for the benefit of our representatives in

More information

Trinidad and Tobago. (Part of A/57/38)

Trinidad and Tobago. (Part of A/57/38) Trinidad and Tobago (Part of A/57/38) 119. The Committee considered the combined initial, second and third periodic report of Trinidad and Tobago (CEDAW/C/TTO/1-3) at its 536th and 537th meetings, on 21

More information

Undocumented Workers Employment Rights

Undocumented Workers Employment Rights Undocumented Workers Employment Rights YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS 1. What legal rights do I have as an undocumented worker? With a few exceptions, undocumented workers enjoy the legal rights and remedies provided

More information

Promoting Family Planning

Promoting Family Planning Promoting Family Planning INTRODUCTION Voluntary family planning has been widely adopted throughout the world. More than half of all couples in the developing world now use a modern method of contraception

More information

The Netherlands: Gender discrimination in the field of employment

The Netherlands: Gender discrimination in the field of employment The Netherlands: Gender discrimination in the field of employment This document outlines legislation in Belgium that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race and national origin in the provision of

More information

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH AND CARE EXCELLENCE HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE DIRECTORATE QUALITY STANDARDS

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH AND CARE EXCELLENCE HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE DIRECTORATE QUALITY STANDARDS NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH AND CARE EXCELLENCE HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE DIRECTORATE Quality standard topic: Autism QUALITY STANDARDS Output: Equality analysis form Topic overview Introduction As outlined

More information

Diversity and Inclusion Policy Young People

Diversity and Inclusion Policy Young People Diversity and Inclusion Policy Young People Who does this policy apply to? All staff, volunteers and secondees involved in Prince s Trust programmes Separate policies relating to staff/volunteers: Dignity

More information

promoting equal opportunity, eliminating unlawful racial discrimination promoting good relations between different racial groups.

promoting equal opportunity, eliminating unlawful racial discrimination promoting good relations between different racial groups. The Statutory Duties Appendix 1 The Race, Disability and Gender Equality duties require public bodies to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination and to promote equality in employment and

More information

Diversity and Equality

Diversity and Equality A guide to developing policy on Diversity and Equality Introduction Management committees and youth workers comment on how much their work has transformed as a result of the huge changes that Ireland has

More information

6. MY RIGHTS AS A MIGRANT OR REFUGEE

6. MY RIGHTS AS A MIGRANT OR REFUGEE 6. MY RIGHTS AS A MIGRANT OR REFUGEE Do migrant children have the same rights as other children in Ireland? If you or your parents have come to Ireland from another country, you will be known as migrants.

More information

Equality with Human Rights Analysis Toolkit

Equality with Human Rights Analysis Toolkit Equality with Human Rights Analysis Toolkit The Equality Act 2010 and Human Rights Act 1998 require us to consider the impact of our policies and practices in respect of equality and human rights. We should

More information

Employment Anti-Discrimination Protections Under Colorado Law

Employment Anti-Discrimination Protections Under Colorado Law Employment Anti-Discrimination Protections Under Colorado Law Arash Jahanian Qusair Mohamedbhai RATHOD MOHAMEDBHAI LLC 1518 Blake Street Denver, CO 80202 Telephone: 303-578-4400 Fax: 303-578-4401 The Colorado

More information

Legal Information for Same Sex Couples

Legal Information for Same Sex Couples Community Legal Information Association of Prince Edward Island, Inc. Legal Information for Same Sex Couples People in same sex relationships often have questions about their rights and the rights of their

More information

Prison Law Team. Leading prison lawyers. We re and we believe everyone has the right to justice and for their voice to be heard.

Prison Law Team. Leading prison lawyers. We re and we believe everyone has the right to justice and for their voice to be heard. We re and we believe everyone has the right to justice and for their voice to be heard. Prison Law Team Leading prison lawyers The firm has a burgeoning prison practice and has been handling an increasing

More information

NHS Fife Equality Impact Assessment

NHS Fife Equality Impact Assessment NHS Fife Equality Impact Assessment Equality Impact Assessment Guidance is available to support this process Contact Angela Heyes, Equality and Human Rights Lead if support is required to completed the

More information

guidance note 2012 KEY PROGRAMMES TO REDUCE STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION AND INCREASE ACCESS TO JUSTICE IN NATIONAL HIV RESPONSES

guidance note 2012 KEY PROGRAMMES TO REDUCE STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION AND INCREASE ACCESS TO JUSTICE IN NATIONAL HIV RESPONSES guidance note 2012 KEY PROGRAMMES TO REDUCE STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION AND INCREASE ACCESS TO JUSTICE IN NATIONAL HIV RESPONSES UNAIDS / JC2339E (English original, May 2012) ISBN: 978-92-9173-962-2 Joint

More information

FAIR EMPLOYMENT STATEMENT

FAIR EMPLOYMENT STATEMENT Human Resources FAIR EMPLOYMENT STATEMENT 1. Aim... 2 2. Overarching Principles... 2 3. Rights and Responsibilities... 3 4. Definitions of Discrimination and Victimisation... 3 5. Protected Characteristics...

More information

FAST FACTS. 100 TO 140 MILLION girls and women in the world have experienced female genital mutilation/ cutting.

FAST FACTS. 100 TO 140 MILLION girls and women in the world have experienced female genital mutilation/ cutting. 603 MILLION women live in countries where domestic violence is not yet considered a crime. Women and girls make up 80% of the estimated 800,000 people trafficked across national borders annually, with

More information

Birmingham City Council Equality Act 2010 Fact sheet PREGNANCY AND MATERNITY

Birmingham City Council Equality Act 2010 Fact sheet PREGNANCY AND MATERNITY Birmingham City Council Equality Act 2010 Fact sheet PREGNANCY AND MATERNITY The Equality Act (2010) consolidates all previous equality legislation and extends some protections to groups that were not

More information

1. Introduction. 2. Section 158.

1. Introduction. 2. Section 158. GUIDANCE FOR IMPLEMENTING POSITIVE ACTION PROVISIONS UNDER SECTION 158 AND 159 OF THE EQUALITY ACT 2010 1. Introduction. Positive action is the term used for permitted measures under the Equality Act to

More information

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender. Rights at Work

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender. Rights at Work Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Rights at Work Rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) Workers A s a result of many years of campaigning by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender

More information

What s yours is mine

What s yours is mine What s yours is mine The different forms of economic abuse and its impact on women and children experiencing domestic violence October 2008 Nicola Sharp EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 2 Introduction It is recognised

More information

Men in Charge? Gender Equality and Children s Rights in Contemporary Families

Men in Charge? Gender Equality and Children s Rights in Contemporary Families International Day of Families 2015 Observance Men in Charge? Gender Equality and Children s Rights in Contemporary Families Background Note Gender equality and children s rights in family laws Fair legal

More information

Equality and Diversity

Equality and Diversity The CARE CERTIFICATE Equality and Diversity What you need to know Standard THE CARE CERTIFICATE WORKBOOK Equality and Diversity, Inclusion and Discrimination Promoting equality and respecting diversity

More information

Equality and Diversity

Equality and Diversity The CARE CERTIFICATE Equality and Diversity What you need to know Standard THE CARE CERTIFICATE WORKBOOK Equality and Diversity, Inclusion and Discrimination Promoting equality and respecting diversity

More information

Equality and Diversity Policy. Bernie White Distribution. Trust Wide. Definition(s)

Equality and Diversity Policy. Bernie White Distribution. Trust Wide. Definition(s) Equality Impact Assessment Definition(s) E&D - Equality and Diversity RRA - Race Relations Act POVA - Protection of Vulnerable Adults CP - Child Protection DDA - Disability Discrimination Act MCA - Mental

More information

Equality Act Naseem Anwar Equality and Diversity Unit

Equality Act Naseem Anwar Equality and Diversity Unit Equality Act 2010 Naseem Anwar Equality and Diversity Unit Corporate and Individual Responsibility Responsibility includes: Moral Social Legal holding people responsible for their actions the principle

More information

Community Legal Information Association of Prince Edward Island, Inc.

Community Legal Information Association of Prince Edward Island, Inc. Community Legal Information Association of Prince Edward Island, Inc. Living Together Introduction Prince Edward Island, the definition of spouse includes same sex spouses, married spouses, and spouses

More information

GLOBAL AGENDA FOR SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT TOWARDS AN ENGAGEMENT AGENDA

GLOBAL AGENDA FOR SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT TOWARDS AN ENGAGEMENT AGENDA GLOBAL AGENDA FOR SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT TOWARDS AN ENGAGEMENT AGENDA Mobilisation of Social Workers, Social Work Educators & Policy Practitioners and Developers for Global Social Change BACKGROUND

More information

Advancing Equality in Northumberland

Advancing Equality in Northumberland Advancing Equality in Northumberland January 2016 Easier Read Summary Thank You Northumberland County Council would like to thank everyone who has helped us produce this report by giving us their views

More information

Child Protection Policy. In Relation to Campaigning and Website Images

Child Protection Policy. In Relation to Campaigning and Website Images Child Protection Policy In Relation to Campaigning and Website Images October 2012 Contents Introduction to the Child Protection Policy... 3 Introduction to International Child Campaign... 3 Our Vision...

More information

PSYCHOLOGICAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY. The Psychology Coalition at the United Nations, New York

PSYCHOLOGICAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY. The Psychology Coalition at the United Nations, New York 1 PSYCHOLOGICAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY The Psychology Coalition at the United Nations, New York Submitted on the occasion of the United Nations International Day for the Eradication

More information

SAME SEX PARTNER ABUSE DR GINNA BABCOCK

SAME SEX PARTNER ABUSE DR GINNA BABCOCK SAME SEX PARTNER ABUSE DR GINNA BABCOCK INTRODUCTION LGBT populations vulnerable to marginalization and devaluation in society LGBT same-sex relationships fall within the category of intimate partnerships

More information

Refuge Response to the Domestic Violence Crimes and Victims Bill 07/04

Refuge Response to the Domestic Violence Crimes and Victims Bill 07/04 Refuge Response to the Domestic Violence Crimes and Victims Bill 07/04 Background Refuge welcomes many of the positive measures set out in the Domestic Violence, Crimes and Victims Bill and is delighted

More information

Employment Rights and Responsibilities

Employment Rights and Responsibilities Employment Rights and Responsibilities As you work through this section, you will need to be clear about your own understanding of your occupation, the industry in which you work and the sector in which

More information

EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION POLICY

EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION POLICY 1. Policy EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION POLICY Victim Support is committed to tackling all forms of discrimination and inequality in both the workplace and the services the organisation provides. This

More information

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Creating quality choices for communities Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Introduction We believe that each customer and colleague should be treated with dignity, respect

More information

AFRICAN COMMON POSITION ON THE AU CAMPAIGN TO END CHILD MARRIAGE IN AFRICA

AFRICAN COMMON POSITION ON THE AU CAMPAIGN TO END CHILD MARRIAGE IN AFRICA AFRICAN UNION UNION AFRICAINE UNIÃO AFRICANA Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIAP. O. Box 3243Telephone +251 11 5517 700 Fax : 00251 11 5517844 www.au.int AFRICAN COMMON POSITION ON THE AU CAMPAIGN TO END CHILD MARRIAGE

More information

This Constitution establishes the principles and values of the NHS in England.

This Constitution establishes the principles and values of the NHS in England. NHS Constitution 1 Introduction The NHS is founded on a common set of principles and values that bind together the communities and people it serves patients and public and the staff who work for it. This

More information

Memorandum. Inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK. Evidence submitted by Scottish Refugee Council. October 2014

Memorandum. Inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK. Evidence submitted by Scottish Refugee Council. October 2014 Scottish Refugee Council Memorandum Inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK Evidence submitted by Scottish Refugee Council October 2014 1. About Scottish Refugee Council Scottish Refugee

More information

Strong Women, Strong Communities Empowering Women and Girls in the Fight Against Poverty

Strong Women, Strong Communities Empowering Women and Girls in the Fight Against Poverty Strong Women, Strong Communities Growing Awareness of the Importance of Women s Empowerment Today, the world has an unprecedented opportunity to break the cycle of long-term poverty and help billions of

More information

DERBY CITY COUNCIL S EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY POLICY

DERBY CITY COUNCIL S EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY POLICY Achieving equality and valuing diversity DERBY CITY COUNCIL S EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY POLICY November 2009 Translations and making the booklet accessible This policy booklet gives details of the Council

More information

GENDER BASED VIOLENCE AT THE WORKPLACE

GENDER BASED VIOLENCE AT THE WORKPLACE GENDER BASED VIOLENCE AT THE WORKPLACE By MILIMO KAPOMBE UNIVERSITY OF ZAMBIA AND ALLIED WORKERS UNION (UNZAAWU) INTRODUCTION Greetings to everyone who have made it to AFRECON 2015 in Botswana. My names

More information

EQUALITY & DIVERSITY. Title. Equality & Diversity Author

EQUALITY & DIVERSITY. Title. Equality & Diversity Author EQUALITY & DIVERSITY Title Equality & Diversity Author Employment Relations Document Policy Effective Date 20/04/2015 Review Date 20/04/2017 Version 1.1 This policy supercedes all previous policies, circulars

More information

THE TIME IS NOW: INVEST IN SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

THE TIME IS NOW: INVEST IN SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH FOR YOUNG PEOPLE POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU THE TIME IS NOW: INVEST IN SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH FOR YOUNG PEOPLE PRESENTATION SCRIPT AN ENGAGE PRESENTATION The presentation opens with title slide 1 The Time Is Now:

More information

Report on the Diversity Profile of Ofcom Colleagues

Report on the Diversity Profile of Ofcom Colleagues Report on the Diversity Profile of Ofcom Colleagues Publication date: June 2012 Contents Section Page 1 Foreword 10 2 Executive summary 11 3 Introduction 12 4 Scope 14 5 Colleague profile 16 6 Training

More information

Dignity for all. Islington Council s Equality and Diversity Policy

Dignity for all. Islington Council s Equality and Diversity Policy Dignity for all Islington Council s Equality and Diversity Policy Our Values and Priorities The council s over-arching vision is to make Islington a fairer place by cutting the number of people living

More information

What Rights Do I Have As An LGBT Victim of Domestic Violence?

What Rights Do I Have As An LGBT Victim of Domestic Violence? Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities Commission on Domestic Violence Criminal Justice Section In collaboration with What Rights Do I Have As An LGBT Victim of Domestic Violence? How do I

More information

A BRIEF SUMMARY OF FAMILY LAW AS IT AFFECTS LGBT (LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDERED) PERSONS IN FLORIDA

A BRIEF SUMMARY OF FAMILY LAW AS IT AFFECTS LGBT (LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDERED) PERSONS IN FLORIDA A BRIEF SUMMARY OF FAMILY LAW AS IT AFFECTS LGBT (LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDERED) PERSONS IN FLORIDA By Michael E. Morris, Attorney at Law Updated January 2013 First, this is a summary of some

More information

UNICEF Information Package

UNICEF Information Package UNICEF Information Package 1 About UNICEF Global presence we are on the ground in 191 countries to advance the rights of children, through country programmes and National Committees. Five organizational

More information

Domestic violence and settlement:

Domestic violence and settlement: NATIONAL SETTLEMENT POLICY NETWORK TELECONFERENCE TELECONFERENCE REPORT The National Settlement Policy Network (SPN) is a joint initiative of the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) and the Settlement

More information

Elimination of Bias: Professionalism in the Workplace

Elimination of Bias: Professionalism in the Workplace Elimination of Bias: Professionalism in the Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Prevention A Seminar Presented To Association of Corporate Counsel Sacramento Chapter October 15, 2009 Presented by John

More information

Equality Analysis. Guidance Notes for completing the template CONTENT

Equality Analysis. Guidance Notes for completing the template CONTENT Equality Analysis Guidance Notes for completing the template CONTENT 1. INTRODUTION Page 2 2. LEGAL FRAMEWORK Equality Act 2010 and Protected Characteristics The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) The

More information

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy UK and Republic of Ireland v4 10/09/ Introduction and Scope Aims Policy Application 3

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy UK and Republic of Ireland v4 10/09/ Introduction and Scope Aims Policy Application 3 ON-SITE SERVICES HR POLICY DOCUMENT Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy UK and Republic of Ireland v4 10/09/2015 Contents Page Number 1. Introduction and Scope 1 2. Aims 2 3. Policy Application 3

More information

Summary of the law on PREGNANCY AND MATERNITY

Summary of the law on PREGNANCY AND MATERNITY Summary of the law on PREGNANCY AND MATERNITY Pregnant women enjoy certain rights at work that give them protection during the period of their pregnancy, as well as during maternity leave. This booklet

More information

SIDE EVENT ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE AFRICAN LABOUR MARKETS, GENEVA, 2 JUNE 2016 STATEMENT OF H.E AICHA ABULAHI, COMMISSIONER FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS,

SIDE EVENT ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE AFRICAN LABOUR MARKETS, GENEVA, 2 JUNE 2016 STATEMENT OF H.E AICHA ABULAHI, COMMISSIONER FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS, AFRICAN UNION UNION AFRICAINE UNIÃO AFRICANA SIDE EVENT ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE AFRICAN LABOUR MARKETS, GENEVA, 2 JUNE 2016 STATEMENT OF H.E AICHA ABULAHI, COMMISSIONER FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS, AFRICAN UNION

More information

Equality & Diversity Policy

Equality & Diversity Policy Purpose: Author: Department: This document sets out the equality and diversity framework for Viridian Housing. Seema Jassi, Risk and E&D Manager Governance Date: May 2014 Review date: May 2015 CONTENTS

More information

IV. GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS ADOPTED BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE ELIMINATION OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN. Twentieth session (1999) *

IV. GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS ADOPTED BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE ELIMINATION OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN. Twentieth session (1999) * IV. GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS ADOPTED BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE ELIMINATION OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN Twentieth session (1999) * General recommendation No. 24: Article 12 of the Convention (women and

More information

The Act protects people from discrimination on the basis of protected characteristics. The relevant characteristics are:

The Act protects people from discrimination on the basis of protected characteristics. The relevant characteristics are: Equality Act 2010 The Equality Act 2010 brings together, harmonises and in some respects extends the current equality law, by making it more consistent, clearer and easier to follow in order to make society

More information

AKORBI Virtual Training: Harassment, Diversity and Discrimination

AKORBI Virtual Training: Harassment, Diversity and Discrimination AKORBI Virtual Training: Harassment, Diversity and Discrimination Introduction In the workplace, when we hear the word harassment many of us think only of sexual harassment, which is not correct. And when

More information

The Act outlaws discrimination and other forms of prohibited conduct in relation to the following

The Act outlaws discrimination and other forms of prohibited conduct in relation to the following Employer Guide to the Equality Act 2010 2 The Equality Act 2010 brings together and harmonises lots of previous equality law which had been enacted over a long period, so that the law will become simpler

More information

EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY POLICY

EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY POLICY EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY POLICY POLICY STATEMENT 1. PHSO aims to be an exemplar organisation, demonstrating excellence in equality and diversity. We strive to be inclusive through respecting one another,

More information

1. Code of practice for equal opportunity at Royal College of Art within employment

1. Code of practice for equal opportunity at Royal College of Art within employment ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY POLICY 1. Code of practice for equal opportunity at Royal College of Art within employment The Royal College of Art is committed to creating an environment of

More information

Project IVOR Preliminary results on the implementation of the EU Directive

Project IVOR Preliminary results on the implementation of the EU Directive Project IVOR Preliminary results on the implementation of the EU Directive Emanuela Biffi, KU Leuven (Belgium) Eva Mulder, Tilburg University (The Netherlands) Today s presentation The IVOR project Objectives,

More information

EXPLORING Marriages & Families

EXPLORING Marriages & Families EXPLORING Marriages & Families Chapter 3 Building Relationships Figure 3.1 Percentage Never Married versus Percentage Single, Ages 15-85+, 2008 Singlehood How Many Stay Single? It Depends on How You Define

More information

Borinquen Health Care Center 3601 Federal Highway Miami, FL (305)

Borinquen Health Care Center 3601 Federal Highway Miami, FL (305) Borinquen Health Care Center 3601 Federal Highway Miami, FL 33137 (305) 576-6611 NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES Effective Date: July 1, 2014 THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE

More information

St Jerome s Catholic Primary School In this small space we learn to value one another, To think, to learn, to wonder and create.

St Jerome s Catholic Primary School In this small space we learn to value one another, To think, to learn, to wonder and create. Equality Policy St Jerome s Catholic Primary School In this small space we learn to value one another, To think, to learn, to wonder and create. The School aims: * to provide the best possible educational

More information

Summary of the Equality Act 2010

Summary of the Equality Act 2010 Equality Act 2010 1 Summary of the Equality Act 2010 The full Equality Act 2010 can be accessed through this link: Equality Act 2010. Introduction and Protected Characteristics The purpose of the Equality

More information

WINSLOW CE COMBINED SCHOOL Policy on Equalities

WINSLOW CE COMBINED SCHOOL Policy on Equalities WINSLOW CE COMBINED SCHOOL Policy on Equalities Legal duties 1. We welcome our duties under the Race Relations 1976 as amended by the Race Relations Amendment Act 2000; the Disability Discrimination Acts

More information

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you in full. Please find below and attached information pursuant to your request above.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you in full. Please find below and attached information pursuant to your request above. Freedom of Information Request Reference No: I note you seek access to the following information: Have any/all officers in your service received training in equality and diversity (or similar) during the

More information

Banjul Declaration on the Strategies for Accelerating the Implementation of the Dakar and Beijing Platforms for Action

Banjul Declaration on the Strategies for Accelerating the Implementation of the Dakar and Beijing Platforms for Action Distr.: GENERAL UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR AFRICA E/ECA/ARCW/8/11 15 December 2009 Original: ENGLISH Eighth Africa Regional Conference on Women (Beijing + 15) 19 20 November 2009 Banjul, The

More information

ED 628W: Week 5. Education, Gender, & Health in Development

ED 628W: Week 5. Education, Gender, & Health in Development ED 628W: Week 5 Education, Gender, & Health in Development What is gender? What key issues are relevant to understanding about gender? What are the models and gender analysis frameworks? What is the relationship

More information

PREGNANCY AND RETURN TO WORK NATIONAL REVIEW

PREGNANCY AND RETURN TO WORK NATIONAL REVIEW PREGNANCY AND RETURN TO WORK NATIONAL REVIEW Legal Aid NSW submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission February 2014 About Legal Aid NSW The Legal Aid Commission of New South Wales (Legal Aid

More information

Ensuring Equal Access of LGBT Persons to Housing and HUD Programs. Yana Karnaukhov, Esq. Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

Ensuring Equal Access of LGBT Persons to Housing and HUD Programs. Yana Karnaukhov, Esq. Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Ensuring Equal Access of LGBT Persons to Housing and HUD Programs Yana Karnaukhov, Esq. Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity HUD Fair Housing Role Enforces and administers the federal Fair Housing

More information

Report on Estonia Tenth Session of the Universal Periodic Review January 2011

Report on Estonia Tenth Session of the Universal Periodic Review January 2011 Report on Estonia Tenth Session of the Universal Periodic Review January 2011 a. Introduction This report is submitted by the Sexual Rights Initiative (a coalition including Action Canada for Population

More information

NHS Fife Equality Impact Assessment

NHS Fife Equality Impact Assessment NHS Fife Equality Impact Assessment Equality Impact Assessment Guidance is available to support this process Contact the Angela Heyes, Equality and Human Rights Lead if support is required to completed

More information