Last Thursday, equality activists, academics, lawyers and other experts gathered at the second annual Equal Rights Trust Bob Hepple Equality Award event, co-organised this year with the Industrial Law Society. The award winner was respected disability activist and academic Professor Anna Lawson.  

Following the referendum vote in the United Kingdom (UK) in favour of leaving the European Union (EU) last Thursday, the Equal Rights Trust urges the UK government to take urgent and effective measures to tackle inequality and respond robustly to discrimination. The Equal Rights Trust has noted with concern the centrality of inequality and discrimination to events and discourses in the lead up to and aftermath of the referendum.

Speaking on behalf of the Trust, Bob Niven, Vice Chair said:

Today the Bahamas are voting in a referendum to decide on whether sex discrimination should be eliminated from its nationality law. If the citizens of Bahamas votes yes to equality, the lives of many women and their families will be changed entirely. 

The the Equal Rights Trust and 135 other organisations have pledged to fight plans announced by the Government today that it intends to replace the UK’s Human Rights Act with a weaker “British Bill of Rights”.

Today is International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, which has established itself as the single most important date for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons to unite globally and is aimed at decision makers, the media and public to promote LGBTI rights. In the spirit of unity and promoting these rights, we’ve put together some snapshots of our relevant work.

The Equal Rights Trust and the Industrial Law Society are delighted to invite you to the Bob Hepple Equality Award 2016 on Thursday 30 June 2016. The Award, established in the name of the late Professor Sir Bob Hepple QC champion of equality and non-discrimination, continues his legacy to recognise the outstanding contributions of individuals to equality.

Yesterday a hearing took place at the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights on the case of Khamtokhu and Aksenchik v Russia in which the Court will decide whether two men convicted of crimes in Russia have been victims of gender and age discrimination, due to legislation which allows life sentences to be given only to men between the ages of 18 and 65.

On 18 April, the Global Citizenship Commission (GCC) presented to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, the findings of its report on updating and implementing the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) for the world as it is today. Our Executive Director, Dimitrina Petrova, submitted a contribution on equality rights used in the compilation of the report, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the 21st Century.

In the latest volume of our Equal Rights Review – an interdisciplinary journal offering analysis, insight and ideas to promote equality – the Equal Rights Trust spoke with two experts to discuss intersectionality and its contribution to advancing equality. Below is an extract from this interview.

The Equal Rights Trust has published volume sixteen of its biannual Equal Rights Review, an interdisciplinary journal offering analysis, insight and ideas to those promoting equality. This issue has a special focus on intersectionality. It asks how relevant - if at all - intersectionality is for understanding and fighting discrimination.

We particularly recommend the interview with experts, Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw (who coined the term intersectionality in the late 1980s) and CEDAW member, Patricia Schulz. We are also delighted that Rohingya activist, Wai Wai Nu participated in volume 16, giving her testimony on the intersection of discrimination she experienced as both a woman and a Rohingya living in Myanmar

To read the complete volume [click here] or select individual items below.