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Substantial reduction in the cost of IEDP membership!

 

The Fawcett Society

The Fawcett Society's new sex discrimination law review was published on 23 January.

The review finds that the UK legal system is failing women and is in need of reform.  Read the review here.

 

Little Rebels is a relative newcomer on the children’s book award scene. Now in its sixth year, the award was conceived by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers and established in conjunction with Letterbox Library. The prize celebrates the best in children’s books, for ages birth through to 12, which tackle, explore and celebrate ideas of social justice through well-crafted stories and exceptional artwork.

Little Rebels is currently run by Letterbox Library in partnership with Housmans Bookshop. Both Letterbox Library and Housmans Bookshop have long histories of unearthing, foregrounding and celebrating literature about social justice. Letterbox Library is a 33-year-old mail order children’s booksellers specialising in bringing inclusive and anti-discriminatory books to schools and nurseries. Housmans is the longest surviving and one of the last remaining radical bookshops, with a growing and exciting children’s book section. Their respective specialisms in equalities and radical thought make them the natural choices for creating a new canon of social justice children’s fiction through the vehicle of this award.

In the world of children’s literature, social justice can of course take many guises. Previous submissions to Little Rebels have introduced an exploding teddy bear, a boy who likes to knit rainbow-coloured scarves, a child who is ostracised for-quite literally- defying gravity and a field of worms who join a union and go on strike. Previous winners of the award have embraced feminist insurrections, young people navigating the care system and… a little finch who ponders on weighty existentialist concepts! Interestingly, two of the five winners have been refugee narratives, reflecting the recent concerns of some children’s  authors to give children stories to counter some of the hateful anti-refugee rhetoric so prevalent in our wider popular culture.

By highlighting and amplifying the existence of social justice books, the Little Rebels Award becomes so much more than simply an accolade of good quality children’s literature. The award expands the appreciation of children's literature out of the next best seller or sparkly book series. It takes quiet and patient stock of the books which nudge and provoke, which gently encourage children to notice the world around them, to ask questions and, where necessary, to challenge the status quo. If our children are witness to the world then they are witness to social injustices. The stories we give them can empower them to make sense of such things and they can also enable them, if they choose, to join us adults when we say, 'this has to change'.

This is what the Little Rebels Award embraces; simply put, it celebrates children's compassion and keeps their hunger for asking 'why?' alive and well.

For full details of the award, click on The Little Rebels Award for Radical Fiction. And do sign up for updates! You can also follow the progress of the award on Twitter at @littlerebsprize. The shortlist will be announced in May and the winner will be announced at the annual London Radical Bookfair on 2 June. 

 

Discrimination Law Association

Next DLA Practitioners Group will take place on Wednesday 29 November 2017

The topic for the session will be discrimination issues in housing law: recent cases. The speaker is Liz Davies and the event will take place on Wed 29 Nov at 6.00 pm at Slater Gordon, 50 -52 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1HL.  Click here for Liz's biographical details

 

 

 

IEDP

Our Autumn Seminar will be on 30 October 2017 in Birmingham

 

Equaliteach

Free training event for people working with children aged 0 - 7

Equaliteach is putting on a free training session on Universal Values: promoting Fundamental British Values cohesively in the Early Years. This will take place in Rotherham on Thursday 27 April. For more information and to book a place click here.

 

Discrimination Law Association

Next meeting of the DLA Practitioner Group is Wednesday 29 March

No need to book, just come along at 6.00 pm to Leigh Day, Priory House, 25 St John's Lane, London EC1M 4 LB. The speakers will be Tom Linden and Annie Powell and the topic will be recent cases on employment status. Click here for a map 

 

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Consultation on housing and support for disabled people 

The EHRC is conducting a formal inquiry into the chronic lack of accessible and adaptable housing available for disabled people in Britain. They are now calling for evidence and want disabled people and relevant organisations to share their experiences of housing and tenancy support provision with them. They will publish their findings and recommendations early in 2018.  [Click here for further details]

 

Book here for our spring seminar on hate crime

 

 

Centre for Inclusion and Diversity, University of Bradford

Diversity Challenge Seminar: How can we develop culturally competent services?  

Diversity Challenge Seminar: How can we develop culturally competent services?

 This seminar will be held on Thursday 2 March from 10.30 to 12.45 in Room E92, Richmond Building, University of Bradford.

The concept of cultural competence in health and social care services was developed as a response to the inequalities and disadvantage experienced by people from minority ethnic and religious communities. Such communities represent a significant part of the British Population; the last UK Census showed that minority ethnic groups made up 14% of the general population of England, with higher rates of up to 40% in some cities.

Barriers to effective service provision for minority ethnic and religious groups include: poor knowledge of available services, poor standards of communication, delays in diagnosis and treatment, high levels of stress among carers, and significant unmet needs.

Led by Ghazala Mir, Associate Professor, University of Leeds,this presentation will describe potential solutions to such barriers and methods that practitioners can use to develop culturally competent services.

To book your place go to:  http://estore.bradford.ac.uk/product-catalogue/centre-for-inclusion-and-diversity/conferences/free-conferences/diversity-challenge-seminar-how-can-we-develop-culturally-competent-services

 

Season's greetings from the IEDP

 

University of Bradford

The 12th annual Rosa Parks Symposium will be taking place in Bradford on 6 December

The theme this year is 'Seeking Courage, Fighting Hate and Finding Belonging in times of Global Instability.' To book your free place click here.

 

Action for Children / Victim Support / Norton Rose Fulbright

Event on Thursday 10 November in London

This event will take place at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, London SE1 2AQ. Click here to register for this free event

 

Stonewall

Are you interested in working for Stonewall?

The LGBT organisation Stonewall is currently advertising a number of vacancies with a variety of closing dates in September: Click here for information

 

Oxfam Education

New resource for teaching about refugees suitable for 8 to 14 year olds

Oxfam Education have produced these free teaching resources including a short film. These are part of their 'Stand as One' campaign - asking people to stand in solidarity with people who are forced to flee: Click here for more information

 

House of Commons: Women and Equalities Committee

A new report reveals shocking extent of sexual harassment and violence in schools

On 13 September the Women and Equalities Committee of the House of Commons published a new report entitled Sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools: Click here to read the report

 

Warwickshire County Council

Anyone interested in the position of senior E&D advisor at Warwickshire County council? The closing date is 14th August and interviews will take place on Friday 19th August.

Full Story:  http://www.wmjobs.co.uk/job/3063/senior-equality-and-diversity-advisor/

 

 

 

Race Equality Foundation (REF)

IEDP advisory friend Dr Leander Neckles has written a new report for REF calling for a proper hate crime strategy that addresses race and religious hate crimes.

Full Story:  http://www.raceequalityfoundation.org.uk/resources/downloads/calling-national-strategy-race-and-religious-hate-crime-england-wales

 

The Home Office

Action Against Hate, published July 2016, outlines the UK Government's plan for tackling hate crime

Full Story:  https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/543679/Action_Against_Hate_-_UK_Government_s_Plan_to_Tackle_Hate_Crime_2016.pdf

 

Discrimination Law Association

The Department of Work and Pensions is currently asking for feedback on how the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment is working. Consultation closes 16 September 2016.

Full Story: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/personal-independence-payment-pip-assessment-second-independent-review-call-for-evidence

 

Equality and Human Rights Commission

The EHRC has issued a letter to employers about the increase in rate hate actions since the EU referendum.

Full Story:  https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/sites/default/files/david-isaac-hate-crime-letter-to-employers-13-july-2016.pdf

 

Salisbury Journal

This article about Salisbury District Hospital features their head of equality and diversity Pamela Permalloo-Bass.

Full Story:  http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/14526261.Facts_and_figures_on_equality_and_diversity_at_SDH/ 

 

Huffington Post

Jack Somers interviews Trevor Phillips about his new essay, 'Race and Faith: the deafening silence', and the two recent controversial Channel 4 programmes he made.

Full Story:  http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/trevor-phillips-on-race-what-muslims-think-and-winning-support-from-the-far-right_uk_5756c208e4b0411d4de1f835 

 

Independent

The newly elected Mayor of London has suggested that Ramadan provides an opportunity to reduce people's suspicions of Islam.

Full Story:  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ramadan-2016-sadiq-khan-wants-to-use-festival-to-reduce-suspicion-around-islam-a7066756.html 

 

The Independent

Being Muslim in a country where not everyone is fasting can be difficult. This article by Jess Stautenberg describes how non-Muslims can be supportive.

Full Story:  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/ramadan-2016-fasting-islam-muslim-islamic-holy-month-prophet-mohammed-celebration-koran-respect-a7020791.html 

 

There is only a week left to nominate people or organisations for this year's National Diversity Awards.

 

Read how to do this here:  https://nominate.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/ 

 

 

Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education (CSIE),Wednesday 29 June, London

 

Diverse Magazine Group, Friday 28 October in Liverpool

 

The British Academy, London, 24 May 2016

 

 

As part of its 'new approach to diversity', the BBC is going to monitor applicants for jobs by asking questions to elicit information about their socio-economic background.

Full Story:  http://www.cipd.co.uk/pm/peoplemanagement/b/weblog/archive/2016/04/29/bbc-says-it-will-question-recruits-on-family-background.aspx?utm_medium=email&utm_source=cipd&utm_campaign=pm_daily&utm_term=178309&utm_content=pm_daily_290416-5751-10039-4%20L%26D%20and%20Unknown-20160503114333-BBC%20says%20it%20will%20question%20recruits%20on%20family%20background  

 

 

Childline recently reported a 9% rise in calls this year from young people relating to exam stress

Full Story:  http://www.independent.co.uk/student/student-life/health/childline-expresses-concern-over-rise-in-number-of-students-under-exam-stress-a7023746.html 

 

 

New figures show that workers at the DWP took more than 112,000 days of sick last year because of mental health problems.

Full Story:  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/cruel-government-policies-blamed-for-depression-and-stress-levels-at-department-for-work-and-a7010451.html 

 

 

This article, based on research by an organisation that represents mental health trusts, reports that the government is not meeting its goal of mental health having 'parity of esteem' with physical health.

Full Story:  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/mental-health-funding-stagnant-across-half-of-nhs-trusts-research-suggests-a7020126.html 

 

Interesting article from October 2015 based on the CIPD's absence management survey.

Full Story:  https://www.cipd.co.uk/pressoffice/press-releases/mental-health-091015.aspx 

 

[The Guardian]

The Equality and Human Rights Commission are taking the view that the Health Secretary's proposed new contract for junior doctors is potentially discriminatory.

Full Story:  [http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/28/equality-watchdog-warns-junior-doctors-contract-potentially-illegal]

 

managers.org.uk

An inquiry by the Equality and Human Rights Commission reveals more than 60% of FTSE 350 and 45% of FTSE 100 companies are failing to hit diversity targets.

Full Story:  http://www.managers.org.uk/insights/news/2016/march/ftse-gender-diversity-inexcusable-and-unacceptable

 

techinsider.io

When Facebook hired Maxine Williams as its global director of diversity in 2013, the social media giant was approaching its tenth birthday.

Full Story:  http://www.techinsider.io/facebooks-2016-strategy-for-improving-diversity-2016-1

 

BBC News Website

Laws designed to outlaw discrimination in Britain "simply aren't working in practice", the peers said.

Full story:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35888260

 
 
 

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