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To Tackle Poverty Effectively, See it Through the Lens of Gender

Fran Bennett - 3rd April 2015

Everyone knows that women hold up half the sky but are nonetheless much more likely to live in poverty. Yet in fact the latest ‘poverty statistics’ for the UK, published in summer 2014, show identical proportions of women and men living in households on relative low income. And the latest Poverty and Social Exclusion Survey […]

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The Benefits Cap and the Enforcement of Unincorporated Human Rights Treaties

Paul Scott - 31st March 2015

A prominent element of the UK coalition government’s deficit-reduction strategy (in rhetorical terms, if not practical significance) has been the implementation of a cap on the benefits (including those relating to children) which can be received by benefits claimants in non-working households – set, for rather transparent political motives, at a level equivalent to the […]

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Je Suis Margot Wallstrom

Milena Sterio - 30th March 2015

Margot Wallstrom, the Swedish foreign minister, ignited a diplomatic war when she publicly criticized the Saudi Arabian regime.  Wallstrom, a left-wing politician who had campaigned on the promise of implementing a feminist foreign policy on behalf of Sweden, recently expressed her outrage at the Saudi subjugation of women, as well as at the regime’s punishment […]

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Why we need to start saying I’m Alright with Human Rights

Sanchita Hosali - 26th March 2015

Sanchita discusses British Institute of Human Rights‘ new initiative to give voice to those who are Alright With Human Rights here in the UK, sharing a different perspective to the dominant media and political narratives. Human rights are the basic freedoms and protections that every person has simply because they are human. They are not […]

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The Equality Agenda in 2015: Part III- Advancing Equality

Bob Hepple - 12th March 2015

In the final post of this ‘Equality Agenda in 2015’ blog-series, Professor Sir Bob Hepple QC returns to confront the issues posed by the drastic reduction in the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) budget. In a climate of public spending cuts and with political priorities in areas such as the NHS, Sir Hepple suggests […]

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Concerns about Greece from the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance

Menelaos Markakis - 6th March 2015

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), a Council of Europe body monitoring problems of racism, xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination, has delivered its fifth report on Greece on 24 February 2015. The report paints a rather discouraging picture of these problems in Greece and contains a wealth of information and valuable recommendations. The ECRI […]

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The Equality Agenda in 2015: Part I- The Constitutional Issues

Bob Hepple - 5th March 2015

This will be a year of political and constitutional turbulence for equality law. What changes can we expect after the general election? In this three part blog-series, Professor Sir Bob Hepple QC examines some of the key issues and makes proposals for the priorities of an incoming government. The series begins by reflecting on the […]

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Mainstreaming Disability in Development: The need for a Disability-Inclusive Post-2015 Development Agenda

Rahul Bajaj - 4th March 2015

As a report by the World Health Organization indicates, around 15% of the world’s population, roughly 1 billion people, live with some form of disability, making them the world’s largest minority. That people with disabilities remain culturally fragmented, economically confounded, and socially isolated in large parts of the world is a platitude. The three transformative […]

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Judicial Appointment of Women on the Decline in Canada and Australia

Ravi Amarnath and Laura Hilly - 2nd March 2015

While many countries have superficially committed to the goal of gender equality with a lot of noisy chatter about women on boards and women’s participation in politics, it appears that the glass ceiling is hardening for female judicial applicants in Canada and Australia, at least in the Superior Courts. In its latest round of judicial […]

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Recognising Travellers’ Needs: The Courts Begin to Move

Helen Mountfield - 26th February 2015

Are courts beginning to recognize the duty of equality law to respect and protect the rights of minorities to be different?   A recent important High Court decision in Moore & Coates v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Equality & Human Rights Commission intervening) [2015] EWHC 44 (Admin), suggests that they may. Research […]

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The ‘Bludgeon’ Nominees in the Gender Justice Uncovered Awards 2015

Blakeley Decktor - 12th February 2015

Judges from all over the world should be held accountable for the discriminatory decisions they issue on matters related to gender equality, and for how these rulings affect the lives of women and girls. The ‘bludgeon’ category in the Gender Justice Uncovered Awards organized each year by Women’s Link Worldwide and the participation of people […]

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