News in Wales

The Commission regularly produces press releases that relate to important issues of the day, recent campaigns or other important events with which we have been involved.

12/03/14

Equality and Human Rights Commission and Welsh Government sign Concordat

This week, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Welsh Government signed a Concordat that sets out an agreed approach for an effective relationship between the two organisations.

04/03/14

Who Runs Wales? 2014 Report Launched

New report reveals 'a lost decade' in attempts to get more women into top jobs in Wales

09/12/13

Annual Lecture explores mental ill health and human rights

On Tuesday 10 December, the Equality and Human Rights Commission is holding its Annual Human Rights Lecture as part of the events taking place across the world to mark International Human Rights Day

10/04/13

New guidance launched to help employers support staff experiencing domestic abuse

New guidance is launched today to help employers manage and support employees affected by domestic abuse, which one in four women will experience at some point in their lifetime.

15/01/13

Guidance on building a fairer Wales

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has today published Technical Guidance to assist public authorities in using the Public Sector Equality Duty Wales as a tool to improve public services in Wales. The new guidance will also assist courts and tribunals in passing judgement on issues of equality law.

2012 press releases

06/11/12

EHRC Wales Commissioner calls for stronger focus on equality and human rights

Equality and Human Rights Commissioner for Wales Ann Beynon today (Tuesday 6 November) said that it is more important than ever that a strong equality and human rights agenda is taken forward in Wales.
 

08/10/12

Welsh Government EIA of the Draft Budget presented to the Commission

Finance Minister Jane Hutt today presented the Welsh Government’s Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) of the 2013-14 Draft Budget to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

02/10/12

What are the key human rights challenges in Wales?

The Equality and Human Rights Commission in Wales is holding its Annual Human Rights Lecture on Tuesday 2 October. Baroness Nuala O'Loan, who is a leading international human rights expert, will be setting out what she considers to be the human rights challenges facing Wales. The Lecture, in Cardiff, has been arranged to coincide with the Commission's 5th anniversary and the 3rd anniversary of a major Commission Inquiry into human rights in Britain.

12/03/12

Commission and Welsh Government produce guidance for Local Authorities regarding single sex sevices
The Welsh Government and the Equality and Human Rights Commission have produced a short guidance note for Local Authorities in Wales to assist in meeting the public sector equality duty and help to clarify the situation regarding single sex services.

2011 press releases

28/09/11

North Wales organisations unite in tackling domestic abuse

On Thursday 29 September, more than 30 organisations from across North Wales will be coming together at an event to encourage action on tackling domestic abuse.

12/09/11

'A living hell': evidence shows harassment is a common experience for many disabled people.

The findings from our formal inquiry launched today reveal that disability harassment is a common experience for many disabled people living in Wales. It is widespread and a culture of disbelief has prevented public authorities from dealing with it effectively.

12/05/11

Think you know Wales? Think again...

A landmark report released today by the Equality and Human Rights Commission in collaboration with the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) looks at the facts about economic inequality in Wales in a new and challenging way.

11/05/11

2011 Annual Human Rights Lecture

The Commission is delighted to announce that Dame Anne Owers is delivering the 2011 Equality and Human Rights Commissions Annual Human Rights Lecture. Formerly Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons, Dame Owers is the Chair of Clinks which supports voluntary sector organisations working with offenders and their families.

29/03/11

New Equality Duties get the green light from the National Assembly

On Tuesday 29 March, the National Assembly unanimously approved the new specific duties for Wales. These come into effect on April 6. The specific duties are designed to help public bodies to implement the GB-wide general duty effectively. The new general duty comes into effect on April 5.

08/03/11

100 years of International Women’s Day - Women still lack power and influence in Wales

As 100 years of International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world, a new report finds that women remain severely under-represented in positions of power and influence in Wales. The Commission’s Who Runs Wales?  2011 report looks at ten areas of Welsh life, including politics, local government, health and the private sector in order to assess the gender balance at decision-making tables in Wales.

16/02/11

Domestic abuse is your business conference
The Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Welsh Assembly Government have hosted a half-day conference called Domestic abuse is your business. Domestic abuse isn’t confined to the home when victims walk out the door and go to work – 75% of women who experience domestic abuse are harassed in the workplace. One in four women experience domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime and it costs businesses £2.7billion in lost economic output across Wales and the UK every year.

2010 press releases

11/10/10
Landmark report 'How Fair is Britain?' offers a groundbreaking opportunity to look at 'How Fair is Wales'
A landmark report released today by the Equality and Human Rights Commission brings together for the first time all available information to answer the question, 'How Fair is Britain?' The data in the report also offers a groundbreaking opportunity to look at 'How Fair is Wales?'

01/10/10
Equality Act - small changes that will make a big difference
Kate Bennett, National Director for Wales, Equality and Human Rights Commission, has welcomed the introduction of the Equality Act saying it brings “small changes that will make a big difference to people’s lives”.

28/09/10
What’s been happening with the DHFI in Wales.
The Commission is undertaking an inquiry into disability-related harassment and how well this is currently being addressed by public authorities. We are examining how disabled people, their family, friends and carers who have experienced harassment have been supported, or not, by public authorities.

03/09/10
Deadline soon for giving evidence to our Disability Harassment Formal Inquiry 
We have extended the deadline for providing evidence to Friday 17 September 2010

Time is running out to give evidence to our Formal Inquiry examining harassment, violence and abuse that disabled people experience in their daily lives. The first wave of evidence gathering will be collected until Friday 17 September. It can be given directly to the Commission via our website, helpline or email.

14/06/10
Violence, abuse, bullying: an untold story of disabled people living in Wales
Commission calls in evidence on disability-related harassment

Today the Equality and Human Rights Commission is calling on disabled people to tell us about the disability-related violence and abuse they experience in their daily lives.

08/04/10
Commission welcomes landmark equality legislation
The Equality and Human Rights Commission today welcomed the passing of the Equality Bill, which received Royal Assent today. It contains a series of measures for tackling inequalities which the Commission considers will help Britain to become a fairer society.

26/01/10
New Commissioner calls on political leaders to elect for equality
The new Equality and Human Rights Commissioner for Wales Ann Beynon has written to all party leaders in Wales reminding them of their responsibility to put fairness and fair play before short-term political gain.

19/01/10
Commission outlines new gender pay reporting proposals
Employers that choose to analyse and report publicly their gender pay gaps will receive limited immunity from investigation, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has announced today.

2009 press releases

03/12/09
Commission to hold Inquiry into harassment of disabled people
The Equality and Human Rights Commission today announced that it is to conduct a Formal Inquiry into disability related harassment in England and Wales.

19/11/09
New EHRC Commissioners appointed
Harriet Harman, Minister for Women and Equality, today announced new Commissioners for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

11/11/09
Equality and Devolution: The First Ten Years and Moving Forward
Just days before the All-Wales Conventions 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.

22/06/09
Commission calls for a new agenda in the downturn
Kate Bennett, National Director for Wales at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, today said that equality issues need to move up the public agenda during the current economic downturn.

15/06/09
Human rights the key to dignity and respect for the voiceless
A major Inquiry by the Commission has found that the vast majority of people (81%) believe that human rights can play a central role in creating a fairer society for all, including the voiceless, and where human rights principles are put at the heart of public services, they lead to improvements.

06/03/09
New report highlights shocking lack of women in positions of power and influence in Wales
The Commissions Who Runs Wales? 2009 report looks at ten areas of Welsh life, including politics, health, and the private sector in order to assess the gender balance at decision-making tables in Wales.

12/02/09
Young people challenging prejudice take to the limelight
At the BAFTAs and the Golden Globes, Kate Winslet was the name on everyones lips, but in Wales this weekend its five schoolchildren who will be stealing the show on our cinema screens.

30/01/09
New report finds serious gaps in services for women who have experienced violence
A new report by the Commission and the End Violence Against Women Coalition has highlighted serious gaps in the services available to women in Wales who have experienced violence.

27/01/09
Commission launches guide for small businesses on managing the downturn
The Commission today launched a short tailored guide to the downturn for small businesses. The guide contains advice on flexible working as an alternative to losing staff and understanding the law around redundancy.

2008 press releases

10/12/08
Human writes
Welsh authors mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

03/12/08
Public authorities key to ensuring dignity for all
The Commission in Wales has highlighted the crucial role that public authorities have in ensuring that disability equality is at the heart of modern-day life. This comes ahead of the International Day of Disabled People.

14/11/08
Gender pay gap widening in Wales
The Office of National Statistics has today (Friday 14 November) released figures showing that the full-time gender pay gap in Wales has risen to 12.7%, up from 10.3% in 2007s report.

15/09/08
Commission challenges people in Wales 'Who do you see?'
The Commission is today challenging people to 'think again' before putting negative labels on people based purely on their appearances, backgrounds or lifestyles.

01/09/08
Equality the key to a better society for all, says new legal head
The Commission in Wales has appointed Newport-born solicitor Eleanor Williams as its Head of Legal.

06/08/08
Human Rights top the bill at Eisteddfod gig
Tonight Cerys Matthews headlines a one-off live music special at the National Eisteddfod. The sell-out gig is sponsored by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Amnesty International and will promote human rights in Wales.

06/08/08
Prejudice gets children animated
Today the Commission launches the Welsh-language version of a new animated campaign film: Your choice.

28/07/08
New rights means a better journey for disabled travellers
Today the Commission in Wales will join Patrick Duffy, Managing Director of Cardiff international Airport and Andy Klom, Head of the Wales European Office at an event hosted by Cardiff Airport to launch a new deal for disabled travellers.

15/07/08
Press release: Prejudice gets children in Wales animated
Today the Commission in Wales launches a new animated campaign film- Your choice. The film is based on the winning ideas of Year 6 pupils of Coryton Primary School in Cardiff.

26/06/08
Winners announced for animation competition
The Commission in Wales is delighted to announce the winners of the Croeso Projects animation competition.

31/03/08
Commission awards £10 million funding to organisations across Britain
The Commission is announcing its first grants programme today - awarding more than £10 million worth of funding to organisations across England, Scotland and Wales to promote the values of fairness and good relations.

12/03/08
Travellers put their case in Assembly
Gypsies and Travellers from around Wales came to the National Assembly for Wales today to put their case for a new deal between the countrys settled and travelling communities.

11/03/08
First-ever Human Rights summit in Wales
Today over 150 people will attend a ground-breaking Human Rights Summit in Wales to discuss key challenges in putting human rights at the heart of Welsh public services.

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