Cutting the UK Equalities Commission – one cut too far?

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission is currently in a fight for its survival.
I was very worried about the demise of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) in 2006, which had, since 1975, been inspiring in the way it sought to promote gender equality within UK society. Their formal investigations, such as ‘Pregnant and Productive; an […]

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Save The Women’s Library: Take Action

Dear Colleagues,
We are writing to you to update you on recent developments with regard to the future of the Women’s Library, which is housed at London Metropolitan University.
The University has recently made the following announcement on the Women’s Library website:
The Women’s Library is seeking a new home
On Wednesday 14 March, London Metropolitan University’s Board […]

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Who protects the protector? The worrying future of the Equality and Human Rights Commission

The UK Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has a statutory remit ‘to promote and monitor human rights; and to protect, enforce and promote equality across the nine “protected” grounds – age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation and gender reassignment’. According to the Commission, a […]

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Is feminism in the UK experiencing a double dip? Call for Action

‘Clinton is proving that feminist foreign policy is possible – and works’ so headlines an article in the Guardian in which Madeleine Bunting argues that Hilary Clinton is building her political foreign policy on a solid 1970s feminist mantra that ‘Transformation in the role of women is that last great impediment to universal progress.’ Clinton has […]

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Fawcett Society: Challeging the Cuts

In the UK, the Fawcett Society has been actively engaged in mounting a challenge to the Coalition government’s approach to tackling the deficit. A recent high court challenge to the emergency budget demanded that there is a judicial review of the gender impact.
It appears that women will be especially badly hit through government cuts – as women are […]

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Cutting Women Out of Education?

The 10th of November 2010: I and 50,000 school, college and university students and staff gathered in central London to protest against the Tory-Lib Dem coalition government’s proposed cuts to education and rise in tuition fees up to £9000 per year. This placard – Don’t Cut Women out of Education – was left under the […]

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‘Rage of the Girl Rioters’?

Everyday there seems to be yet more depressing news for education in the UK. Yesterday saw more rushed ideological notions of bringing soldiers into the classrooms, destroying teacher education within  Higher Education,  and reconfiguring the national curriculum yet again.
Schoolchildren and students were also active in walking out of lessons, taking to the streets and occupying […]

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