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Equality Updates 30th April 2020

Scottish Parliament

Inquiry: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on equalities and human rights
See also: Holyrood Committee launches inquiry into equality and human rights impact of Covid-19

Impact of Coronavirus outbreak on children and young people to be examined

Global Health Policy Unit

The unequal impact of COVID-19: Ethnic minorities and the UK's COVID-19 response
Compiling a submission of evidence on the disproportionate impact of COVID-19, and the UK government response, on ethnic minorities in the UK.

Glasgow Disability Alliance

COVID-19 supercharges existing inequalities faced by Glasgow’s 150,000 disabled people

Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights

Are we really all equal in the eyes of COVID-19?

LGBT Youth Scotland

What Does Lockdown Mean For Lgbt Young People Living With Domestic Abuse?

Ann's Story: #Visiblelesbian100

BBC Scotland

'I have lost care support because of coronavirus'


Data matters in our response to Covid-19
As Engender continues to work to ensure that women's equality is at the heart of Scotland's response to Covid-19, our Executive Director, Emma Ritch, writes about why gathering the right data is so important.

Close The Gap

The leaky pipeline of education policy – a look at the Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) strategy

Scottish Government

Hate Crime Bill
Working Group to consider standalone offence on misogynistic harassment.

Help for childhood abuse victims
Survivor support still available.

Extending PPE access to all social care providers
Supplies to be given to unpaid and family carers and personal assistants.

Support for perinatal mental health
Funding for charities to help families.

Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centre

that's Me - a webinar series on self-awareness
7th, 14th and 21st May. Why not use this time to better understand the most important person: YOU?

Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector

Zoom COVID-19 Catch Up Session – Group Discussions

Poverty and Post COVID-19 Planning: Zoom meeting
14th May

Scottish Recovery Network

Conversation cafes talking about wellbeing. Various dates on May

Interfaith Glasgow

Glasgow Religious Leaders offer Messages of Support During Covid-19 Lockdown
The messages have been brought together in a short, subtitled film entitled ‘We Are Together: Messages of Support from Religious Leaders During Coronavirus’

Scottish Parliament Information Centre

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – hub for SPICe material
Research, stats, blogs, analysis 

Scottish Human Rights Commission

New report leads to call for human rights to be at the heart of post-COVID budget decisions, to ensure social and economic recovery

Scottish Trans Alliance

Response to UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities’ speech on trans rights


Ethnic Minority National Resilience Network and the Emergency Sustenance Grant Fund

LEAP Sports

Festival Fortnight 2020 Cancelled


Extending PPE access to all social care providers
Supplies to be given to unpaid and family carers and personal assistants.

YWCA Scotland

Young BAME Women in Employment in Scotland
YWCA Scotland want to hear from BAME women aged 16-30 about their experiences in employment. Your responses will help the YWL team understand how well your employer promotes diversity and inclusion and supports you in your workplace. @youngwomenscot

Muslim Council of Scotland

Come-Unity Online Iftaar 2020
Sat, 9 May. 8.30 – 9.30pm

Zero Tolerance

Feminist TV and Movies for Lockdown
Find Zero Tolerance’s recommendations for feminists here andhere, and our list of feminist kids shows here.

Media Monitoring during a pandemic
Zero Tolerance have been monitoring media coverage of violence against women in the first weeks of lockdown.

Urgent call for UK government to support women and girls
Zero Tolerance have united with over 60 organisations across the UK to call for immediate action from UK Government to protect women & girls during the Coronavirus Lockdown.

Scottish Commission for Learning Disability

COVID-19 Guided Self-help Booklet Series


LGBTI+ Elders Social Dance Club moves online!

We have sourced a selection of activities, resources and entertainment from across the world for you to enjoy at home.

One Parent Families Scotland

Coronavirus Emergency Energy Fund
one-off payment of £50 to single parent families in Scotland who need help with their energy bills (e.g. gas/electricity).

Scottish Refugee Council

New Scots on the frontline

Families stuck at home without food and internet

Covid-19: No evictions for three months

Safe, fun and simple ideas to support refugees from home

Glasgow City Council

Whisky Firm Donates Hand Sanitiser to Glasgow Care Homes


Identify The Support Available To People Whose Work Has Been Affected By The Coronavirus Outbreak

Poverty Alliance

First Minister urged to put wellbeing at the heart of our economic recovery

Communities Channel Scotland

Participation requests 3 years down the road

Improvement Service

The impact of COVID-19 on child poverty & how councils/health boards can use their Local Child Poverty Action Reports to address the challenges that lie ahead (PDF)

Positive Action In Housing

Glasgow asylum seekers’ lives put at risk as Home Office cuts financial support and Mears puts people into hotels without social distancing in place

Intercultural Youth Scotland

Let’s get inter-connected
IYS is taking it’s services online to support Scotland’s Black and ethnic minority young people during the Covid-19 pandemic


+2 UK and International News and Events

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Inclusive justice: a system designed for all
As the use of video and phone hearings has been swiftly expanded by the Ministry of Justice in response to COVID-19, we have released interim findings from this inquiry, to help mitigate the risks that these technologies pose to disabled people.

Predicted grading during COVID-19 could limit young people's futures

Coronavirus pandemic: a letter to the British Medical Association

Hope Not Hate

Covid-19 & The Far Right: Weekly Round Up

Corona Crisis: Building On Positivity Towards Migrants

Despite deep concerns about pandemic racism, the EU may delay its Roma strategy

Women’s Budget Group

Submission to the Women and Equalities Committee on Covid-19

Crises Collide: Women and Covid-19: Urgent call for action
Joint call to action with over 60 other women’s and equality organisations to demand action from the UK Government to:
Make women visible in crisis decision making
Make women safe at work
Support parents during school and nursery closures
Protect women from poverty and homelessness
Protect women from violence and abuse during lockdown
Make destitute migrant women safe and release women from immigration detention
Safeguard disabled women’s rights, quality of life and care
Protect elderly women in care homes
Reduce the number of women in prison to save lives

Joint Letter to Secretary of State: Covid- 19 and support for pregnant women and working families

Disability Rights UK

DR UK says sign the petition to increase disability benefits
calling on Government to immediately extend this emergency increase to all benefits

UK Human Rights Blog

The Weekly Roundup: Coronavirus Human Rights Implications and the Right to Rent


RNIB reacts to Government’s plans to expand access to shoppers at risk of missing out

Runnymede Trust

The Colour of Money: How racial inequalities obstruct a fair and resilient economy
Shocking levels of economic and racial inequality in Britain.

Operation Black Vote

A Social Distant Ramadan 2020

Refugee Council

Domestic Abuse Bill risks being a ‘missed opportunity’ to support survivors with insecure immigration status


Liberty Responds To Plans For Contact-Tracing Surveillance Tools

Action On Hearing Loss

Information and support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak


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