Archive for the ‘discrimination’ Category

Young Brits at Art

June 19, 2010

and now for something completely different – with thanks to the Equality and Human Rights website…

The final 100 shortlist in the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Young Brits at Art awards paints a telling picture of what young people think ‘a world without prejudice’ would look like. Unity, freedom and body image dominate the shortlisted artworks of the 11 to 19 year olds.


Equality and Human Rights Commission


What would the world look like if we lived without prejudice? We asked you to show us.!v=mao8FdVMaKU

Freedom of expression is a common theme; freedom to choose one’s own religion, freedom to express one’s sexuality but most importantly, freedom to be who you are. Essentially the budding young artists see a world without prejudice as a world where people are bound by their similarities and celebrated for their differences.

The shortlist was whittled down from a record 1,700 youngsters who entered the award, which challenged them to ‘imagine a world without prejudice’.

Entrants were given the opportunity to express their ideas on prejudice and equality using various art media including but not limited to digital animation, sculpture, film and more traditional forms such as print and oil painting.

Neil Kinghan, Director General of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said;

“Young people too often get a bad press.  We sometimes forget the great array of talent in our schools and youth clubs and the contribution which the vast majority of young people make towards making our society more tolerant. Young Brits at Art gives them an opportunity to have those talents recognised; and if we happen to unearth the next Oliver Payne it would be a fantastic bonus.”

Ten overall winners will be selected from the shortlist of 100 and revealed at an awards ceremony on 22 June. A judging panel, consisting of several prominent arts figures and equality champions, will select the winners with all 100 shortlisted pieces displayed at the awards ceremony at the Southbank Centre.

For the ten winners, a month of being an exhibited artist is in store. The Saatchi Gallery, one of the most celebrated art venues in the country, will exhibit the ten winning artworks for the whole of July.


Shattering the silence, breaking the stigma.

June 18, 2010

Can you imagine if only one out of every three of your friends sought help for a broken arm?

Well nearly two thirds of all people with a diagnosable mental disorder do not seek treatment…

Why is this? The stigma surrounding the subject of mental health has a large part to play in keeping many people from seeking the help they need. The negativity and misunderstanding that surrounds mental illnesses can create fear and cause shame, which in turn causes unnecessary pain and confusion.

This extract is from the website of Shatter the Stigma and you may well find it to be interesting on a range of mental health issues.

Click on this link to reach the  website:

Inquiry into disability related harassment

June 18, 2010

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Formal Inquiry into the actions of public authorities to eliminate disability-related harassment and its causes


The Commission is undertaking an inquiry into disability-related harassment and how well this is currently being addressed by public authorities. We want to hear from anyone who has been harassed and from organisations that work for/with them, including voluntary and community sector organisations, public authorities (such as local councils, police, housing, social services and education) and public transport operators.

“There can be no more important human right than to live life in safety and with security. Its absence prevents us from living our lives to the full. And, for some, its absence has led to the loss of life itself. For many disabled people in Britain safety and security is a right frequently denied.”

Trevor Phillips – Promoting the safety and security of disabled people 2009

Watch this clip that explains some of the issues relating to this inquiry.


On 3 December 2009, International Day of Disabled People, the Commission announced its intention to conduct a formal Inquiry into the actions of public authorities to eliminate disability-related harassment and its causes.

The Commission’s Inquiry powers enable us to compel evidence, call witnesses and make recommendations against which we expect action to follow. Because this is a formal Inquiry under the Equality Act, the law says we have to have terms of reference.

The terms of reference tell us what the Inquiry is allowed to hear evidence about so it is important we get them right. We consulted with disabled people and other stakeholders on the terms of reference for the Inquiry and, following an analysis of the responses, published the final terms of reference online.

Now that we have published the final terms of reference, we can begin taking evidence. If you have been harassed because of your disability, or someone close to you has been affected, we want to hear about your experience. If your organisation works for people who are Deaf or disabled, including those with mental health conditions, or supports people who have been victim of harassment, we’d also like to hear from you.

Equality Bill completes its passage through Parliament and becomes the Equality Act 2010

June 3, 2010

The Equality Bill passed through Parliament on 6th April 2010 and became an Act when it received Royal Assent on 8th April.

Various summaries and commentaries of the new legislation have been issued, including the following:

The main points of the new law are:

* A duty requiring the public sector to actively promote equality will be extended to cover LGB&T equality, with effect from April 2011, and applicable to all public sector organisations, including the NHS, schools, local councils, and the police.

* Lesbian, gay and bisexual people will be able to hold their civil partnership ceremonies in England and Wales on religious premises where the religious organisations wishes to host such events.

* Employers will be able to use positive action to select candidates from under-represented groups when people applying for a job have the same qualifications.

* Prohibition of the use of pre-employment healthcare questionnaires prior to a job offer.  This will remove a barrier to people living with HIV entering the workplace.

* Prohibition of private members’ clubs from discriminating against members or guests based on their sexual orientation or gender reassignment.

* Introduction of the concept of “dual discrimination”, where people can show they were discriminated because, for example, they are both a woman and a lesbian, or because they are gay and from an ethnic minority.

* Extension of trans rights, such as banning discrimination by schools on the grounds of gender reassignment. It also bans discrimination against people because they are mistakenly thought to be transsexual, or because they are connected with a transsexual person.

* Slight extension of the definition of gender reassignment, so that trans people who do not have medical treatment will be protected from discrimination, so long as they intend to transition, or have transitioned gender.

Published here with full acknowledgement to Proud Tameside for the content of this information.  If you wish to read the Act please follow this link:

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It’s harder to ‘come out’ about mental health than being gay

May 1, 2009

Perhaps this is of no surprise to you?   If you would like to read the article on the Mind website, then click on the following link:

Time to Change campaign

February 15, 2009

Sainsbury Centre welcomes beginning of Time to Change campaign

21 January 2009

Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health today welcomed the national launch of the Time to Change campaign, led by the charities Mind and Rethink.

Sainsbury Centre chief executive Angela Greatley said: “Ignorance and prejudice about mental illness have far-reaching consequences. Discrimination, harassment and exclusion have for too long been everyday experiences for people with mental health problems.

“I am delighted that the Big Lottery Fund and Comic Relief have invested in Time to Change. It gives us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to challenge the myths about mental illness and to enable those who are affected by it to live their lives free of discrimination.

“The scale of the challenge is immense. Only one person in five with a severe mental illness is in paid employment. And an estimated one million people with depression are out of work, often for a lack of basic support from their GP and their employer. This is a massive waste of potential.

“Time to Change is our best hope of demonstrating that people with mental health problems have as much to contribute to society, and deserve to be treated with as much respect, as anyone else.”

To look at the campaign site please click the following link: