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Equality Updates 2nd April 2020
Please see Equality Updates 26th March for more COVID-19 information, resources and support.

Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector (GCVS), Volunteer Glasgow, Glasgow City Council, and Glasgow Health & Social Care Partnership

Glasgow Pulls Together to Create a Help Hub Amid Virus Crisis
A new Glasgow hub has been created to help people struggling amid the Coronavirus crisis - linking them to organisations and volunteers who are keen to help.

Scotland’s Domestic Abuse And Forced Marriage Helpline

Helpline Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland

We support the decision to delay new legislation to focus on the Coronavirus crisis.
Nevertheless, the Gender Recognition Reform and Hate Crime Bills are important to equality in Scotland and we hope they're brought forward as soon as practicable.

The Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill briefing to MSP
Download and read it from our website here, under 'Coronavirus Bill'

LGBT Youth Scotland

Message From Our Chief Executive: Gender Recognition Act Reform
Message from our Chief Executive Dr Mhairi Crawford to young people about today’s announcement that certain pieces of legislation will be paused, including Gender Recognition Act reform. 

Human Rights Consortium Scotland

Corona Virus and Human Rights: Online discussion
Thursday 2nd April, 3 - 4.30pm

Glasgow Disability Alliance

GDA Young Drivers for Change Facebook Group
Calling all young disabled people aged 14-30 - join us now! This group is a safe space to: Share your experiences and support each other.  Champion the voices of young disabled people on the issues that matter to you.

Scottish Government

Ensuring continuity of justice during COVID-19
Emergency powers for release a ‘last resort’.

Update on devolved benefits
Priority will be to deliver Scottish Child Payment. Social Security Secretary Shirley Anne Somerville has updated Parliament on the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on social security services in Scotland.

Parliament asked to back emergency Coronavirus Bill

Support for victims of domestic violence during COVID-19 outbreak

Social Security Scotland client diversity and equalities analysis to December 2019

Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership

New Patient Pathway to Streamline COVID-19 Assessments

Scottish Parliament

MSPs pronounce support for civil partnerships for different sex couples

Scottish Human Rights Commission

Commission flags human rights implications of Coronavirus emergency laws

Close The Gap

Coronavirus brings new focus to women’s continued inequality

Scottish Women’s Aid

One year of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act – where are we now?

Glasgow City Council

A bleeding good step to end period poverty - pad out of Period Friendly Points across the city

Glasgow Women’s Library

Making Her Mark – Women Artists and Stories from the Poorhouse

Volunteer Glasgow

Recruiting volunteers COVID-19 lockdown
Anyone engaging new volunteers during this crisis knows that normal best practice processes may be difficult to maintain.

Scottish Transgender Alliance

Important information about continuing your hormones during the coronavirus outbreak

Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centre

The Helpline is still operating regular hours via freephone and online chat
Monday to Friday, 10-4; 0808 801 0301 or online at

Coronavirus Guidances – Community Languages

Domestic Abuse in the time of Corona

Scottish Women’s Rights Centre

COVID-19 and support: Urgent legal appointments now available

Birds of Paradise Theatre Company

Virtual Cuppa
1am, Tuesday 7th April. A meeting for disabled people, artists or anybody else involved in the theatre sector or creative industries that would appreciate some time to connect with others.  If you require sign language interpretation or captioning to access our video calling, please get in touch via before Monday 6th April.

Citizen’s Advice Scotland

People need support through COVID-19, and we are there to provide it
Face-to-face advice is now suspended, but all 59 Scottish CABs are offering advice over email or the phone, and we have our online advice pages which we continue to promote on social media and which people can access at, which is constantly updated to take account of new and emerging decisions or issues.  In the coming weeks, we’ll go further, as we seek to expand our services with a national telephone line for general advice queries.

Close The Gap

Coronavirus brings new focus to women’s continued workplace inequality

Lockdown on the gender pay gap


COVID-19 Employee Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Developed jointly between COSLA and the SJC Trade Unions (UNISON, Unite and the GMB) to help Local Government employees understand the national COVID-19 advice

Breathing Space

Staying connected during the Coronavirus outbreak
Breathing Space Scotland: 0800 83 85 87 - advisors are available in the evenings (6pm - 2am) and at the weekends (24 hours) for anyone feeling low, anxious or isolated
The Silver Line: 0800 4 70 80 90 - friendship and advice 24 hours a day for older people
Samaritans: 116 123 - volunteers who will listen or talk through your worries (available 24 hours)
Mind - practical advice and checklists on your wellbeing in relation to coronavirus
Mental Health Foundation - information on topics such as stress management and keeping active during the coronavirus outbreak


COVID-19: why women’s equality must be at the heart of our response

Scottish Commission for people with a Learning Disability (SCLD)

A statement on Human Rights and COVID-19


#PassTheBadge and Keep Talking
We're proud to support See Me Scotland's Pass the Badge campaign, which encourages us to get talking about our mental health. In these difficult times, it has never been more important to talk and protect Scotland’s mental health.

Rape Crisis Scotland

Criminal Proceedings 2018/19 - Our Comment

RCS urges MSPs to support Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill provisions

Rape Crisis Scotland calls for immediate investigation into actions of Gordon Jackson QC


+2 UK and International News and Events


COVID-19: Stand in solidarity with the LGBT community

Celebrating Trans Day of Visibility without the constant vitriol aimed at the trans community for the first time in years is a strange experience.

Show Racism the Red Card

NEW Teacher Training online course

UK Parliament: Women and Equalities Committee

Inquiry: Unequal impact: Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the impact on people with protected characteristics
We want to hear about the different and disproportionate impact that the Coronavirus – and measures to tackle it - is having on people with protected characteristics under the Equality Act.

Refugee Council

Changes to Asylum & Resettlement policy and practice in response to Covid-19

Refugee Council welcomes Home Office move to halt asylum evictions due to Covid-19

Calls for funds to house domestic violence victims during Covid-19 outbreak (Guardian)
Signs of surge in abuse and killings as women’s anti-violence groups call on government to do more

European Disability Forum

COVID-19 Resources


Coronavirus: Joint Call For Women's Visibility In UK Response

Disability News Service

Coronavirus: Disabled people say ‘shocking’ new laws will strip away rights
Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) say measures in the government’s emergency Coronavirus Act … will “run a coach and horses” through their rights to social care.

Institute of Race Relations

Coronavirus – A Round Up Of Race And Civil Liberties Issues

PSE:UK (Poverty and Social Exclusion in the United Kingdom)

Impact of Covid-19 on food access

Letter to the Chancellor
Help families facing Covid-19 crisis: social policy academics and the PSE say raise Child Benefit to £50

Oxford Human Rights Hub

The Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulation 2020
On 31 March 2020, The Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020 came into force. This is a landmark for the protection of reproductive rights in Northern Ireland. This blog provides a brief overview of the regulations and highlights some areas of on-going concern.

Women’s Budget Group

Low paid women at highest risk of exposure to Covid 19

Runnyemede Trust

Coronavirus will increase race inequalities

The Traveller Movement

Traveller Movement welcomes announcement pregnant women to be temporarily released from prison

Disability Rights UK

Disability Benefit Consortium calls for emergency covid-19 benefit changes

Terrence Higgins Trust

Should I still take PrEP during the COVID-19 lockdown?


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