Creating a fairer Britain
Just days before the All-Wales Convention’s report, a new study has found that under devolution strides have been taken towards equality, and equality has given strength to devolution.
Equal Opportunities and Human Rights: The First Decade of Devolution by Dr Paul Chaney of Cardiff University was commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Wales.
Equality and Human Rights Commission National Director for Wales Kate Bennett said:
“This report finds that under devolution strides have been taken towards equality, and equality has given strength to devolution. We see an equalities agenda taking shape that is distinct from Westminster and more suited to the everyday needs of Wales.
“We have seen a world’s first with the Senedd’s gender balance, and we’ve seen UK firsts in the Commissioners for Children and Older People.
“Assembly Members have much to be proud of in terms of promoting equality, but we need to see more being done to ensure equality is mainstreamed into service delivery.
“To make this happen, the Commission is keen to identify ways to overcome the barriers to equality identified in the current era of devolution.”
Dr Paul Chaney, Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, presented his report’s findings at the Commission’s first Annual Lecture, held on Wednesday 11th November 2009 at Cardiff University.
His report formed part of the evidence the Commission in Wales gave to the All-Wales Convention.
Paul Chaney’s report finds:
The report does find barriers that have hindered equality developments in Wales. The report finds:
View the the full report and supporting documents.
The executive summary is at Chapter 2.
Dr Paul Chaney will deliver the Commission’s first Annual Lecture on Wednesday 11th November 2009 at the Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University. The lecture will start at 7pm
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