Britain’s human-rights watchdog could be downgraded and blocked from United Nations rights bodies over its recommended definition of sex.

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is set to undergo a “special review” by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (Ganhri).

This process could mean the removal of the EHRC’s accreditation as an "A status" National Human Rights Institution, meaning it would not be able to sit on the UN Human Rights Council.

The review comes after 30 LGBTQ+ and human-rights organisations expressed concern to Ganhri about the EHRC.

To read the full article click here.


Freedom of expression is imperilled when speakers are cancelled, whether by the left or the right

An award ceremony for the Palestine-born novelist and essayist Adania Shibli is cancelled by the Frankfurt book fair because of “the war started by Hamas”.

To read the full article click here.


Sky is on a mission to ensure its workforce is reflective of its audience, setting ambitious targets to improve diversity and inclusion. Ashleigh Webber reports.

DEI is one of the most important responsibilities within HR’s remit, and inclusive workplaces are often non-negotiable for candidates.

To read the full article click here.


Noam Chomsky once said: “A language is not just words. It’s a culture, a tradition, a unification of a community, a whole history that creates what a community is. It’s all embodied in a language.”

Over the past few years, the language of diversity has changed.

You may have noticed the changes; maybe you embraced the new terminology and found it easy to expand your vocabulary. Or perhaps you are wondering how to keep up with the ever-changing landscape.

To read the full article click here.


If you ask British schoolchildren to list the names of people they learn about in Black history sessions, it does not take long to notice that most of the names are American. In fact, up until at least 2013, there was a section on the Key Stage 3 syllabus known as ‘Black People of the Americas’. However, there has never been a section titled ‘Black People of the British Isles’ even though there is easily evidenced history to this effect going back to Roman times 2,000 years ago.

To read the full article click here.


In recent days, news organisations around the world have sought to explain to global audiences both the Voice to Parliament referendum campaign and the result. The picture they have painted of Australia is not exactly flattering. The BBC, for example, described the win for the “no” side coming after a “fraught and often acrid campaign”.

To read the full article click here.


The UK government has been accused of showing contempt for disabled people after it refused to give evidence on its progress since being found guilty of “grave and systematic” violations of the UN’s disability convention seven years ago.

The government has told the UN committee that monitors implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that it does not want to be examined in public on its progress later this month.

To read the full article click here.


As companies work to navigate these uncertain times, it is vital that organizations don’t let diversity efforts fall in priority.

The decline in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives isn’t hypothetical — several studies have found a decrease in DEI positions and programs. According to Bloomberg, listings for DEI roles were down 19% last year, a larger decline than other human resources jobs.

Concerns have mounted — considering the more than 215,000 layoffs as of early July 2023 — that the “last in, first out” approach will disproportionately impact diverse employees who were hired during the rush of DEI initiatives in the past two years.


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The United Kingdom needs to examine its own bigotries.

My race changed when I moved from Britain to the United States two years ago. I don’t mean that I tick a different box now. I remain born to Indian immigrants, a person with obviously brown skin. In both countries, I’m categorized as Asian. What changed when I crossed the Atlantic was what my race signified.

British Asians, the United Kingdom’s largest ethnic minority group by a sizable margin, faced some of the highest mortality rates in the country in the early months of COVID-19 pandemic. In the United States, meanwhile, deaths among Asian Americans were the lowest of any group.

Read the full article here.


As the government produces guidance for employers on collecting and disclosing pay disparities by ethnicity, People Management asks experts whether publishing this data should be compulsory for large organisations

The government has published voluntary guidance for employers on ethnicity pay gap reporting.

The Department for Business and Trade, the Equality Hub and the Race Disparity Unit developed the guidance in response to an update to its Inclusive Britain strategy, which was unveiled last year.

The guidance, which was released on Monday (17 April), marks the first time the government has provided advice on establishing a standard strategy to measure pay disparities.

To read the full article click here.


Author of landmark report says Met can ‘no longer presume that it has the permission of the people of London to police them’

The Metropolitan police is broken and rotten, suffering collapsing public trust and is guilty of institutional racism, misogyny and homophobia, an official report has said.

The report by Louise Casey, commissioned by the Met after one of its officers abducted Sarah Everard, taking her from from a London street in March 2021, before raping and murdering her, is one of the most damning of a major British institution .

The 363-page report details disturbing stories of sexual assaults, usually covered up or downplayed, with 12% of women in the Met saying they had been harassed or attacked at work, and one-third experiencing sexism.

Read the full report here.


Experts advise getting board level buy in to ensure mental wellbeing is front and centre of the workplace agenda

While two in five employers (40 per cent) see mental health as a strategic issue closely tied to productivity and profitability, wellbeing is not top of the agenda for most companies, a study has found.

To read this article click here.


"A lot of employers are really ignorant."

Autistic man Nath Trevett, from Rhondda Cynon Taf, said employers often misinterpreted autism traits and need training to support people at work.

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Commentators say bosses cannot be responsible for ‘day to day’ diversity and inclusion as a quarter plan for employees resisting change

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The RIBA has scrapped a book deal with its former diversity director Marsha Ramroop

RIBA Publishing had been due to release Ramroop’s Handbook on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Architecture in 2024, but decided to pull out of the contract last month after ‘reviewing [its] publishing strategy and plans’ for the next two years.

An RIBA spokesperson confirmed: ‘We have taken the decision to not proceed with the development and sale of an equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) guidance book for practices, originally planned for 2024.

‘Our most recent business benchmarking research confirms that timely and targeted action is needed to improve EDI  in the profession.

‘In 2023 and 2024 we will be collaborating with our members, partners and the wider industry, bringing together our publishing and learning content to create actionable bite-sized and, where possible, free guidance and resources that will seek to enable our profession to drive forward real change.’

The RIBA declined to comment on whether it had terminated any other book deals as part of its strategic review of it publishing arm. In 2021 RIBA Publishing turned over £2.1 million from book and RIBA Journal sales. However, the RIBA does not report figures showing whether its publishing arm is profitable.

 Ramroop, who now works as a consultant through her company Unheard Voice Consultancy, as well as part-time at Building People, a built environment-focused EDI ‘hub’, said she was ‘extremely disappointed’ with the RIBA’s decision.

She told the AJ: ‘RIBA is right. Timely and targeted action is needed to improve the profession. Timely and targeted action has been needed for decades and will continue to be required.

‘What has been missing is not necessarily the policies, procedures or practices that will allow for timely and targeted action – but the behaviours, motivation and accountability to implement those.

‘I was commissioned to write the EDI handbook for architecture for RIBA in July last year, to address these gaps. In August, I was given permission to mention it publicly, and I have been doing so, so I am extremely disappointed that RIBA has taken the decision not to go ahead with publishing it.’

Ramroop added that she was continuing to write the handbook and still plans to see it published. She added that the ‘desire for its contents has already been established through both market research and an in feedback when I have spoken.

‘I believe it will usefully benefit all who wish to use it, in addition to them accessing all other available expert resources and checking out the work we’re doing at Building People on joined-up and holistic leadership around EDI.’

Ramroop, a former BBC journalist, resigned as the RIBA’s first-ever director for diversity in inclusion last March, just 13 months after being appointed. The RIBA replaced her in November with Robbie Turner, a former chief transformation officer at the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee.

Voices within the RIBA have previously suggested that the institute is not doing enough to increase diversity within its ranks and within industry.

Last year Femi Oresanya, chair of the RIBA’s Finding and Accessing Architecture group, said there was not enough funding to progress with the institute’s plans to open up access to architecture, while an RIBA director called out the lack of diversity at a RIBA award event, commenting that black architects ‘were not invited’.



The CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development. The registered charity champions better work and working lives and has been setting the benchmark for excellence in people and organisation development for more than 100 years. It has more than 150,000 members across the world, provides thought leadership through independent research on the world of work, and offers professional training and accreditation for those working in HR and learning and development.

The CIPD’s Health and wellbeing at work survey, in partnership with Simplyhealth, examines the practices organisations have to support people’s health at work. It provides people professionals and employers with benchmarking data on important areas such as absence management, wellbeing benefits provision and mental health. The survey for this 2021 edition was conducted online and sent to people professionals and senior HR leaders in the UK. In total, 668 people responded.

Download the report here.


Homophobia survivor who came out as gay to primary school pupils at Alfred Salter Primary School in 2009 receives the gold standard for diversity, globally.

The Guardian has published the 2020 ‘Global Diversity List’ naming ex primary school leader, now independent education trainer and consultant Shaun Dellenty as one of the top twenty Global Diversity figures in public life, alongside national leaders and celebrated change advocates.

This prestigious annual listing (founders of which include The Economist, Barclays, Societe Generale and KPMG) seeks to further Equality, Diversity and Inclusion by honouring those individuals who go the extra mile, even during these challenging times, to ensure a fair and equitable playing field for all, helping advance the diversity agenda so that all members of the community feel they each have an equal stake in wider society. Nominations are based on demonstrated leadership in key areas of diversity and inclusion and are supported by data evidence. Linda Riley Founder of the Global Diversity List writing for The Guardian said ‘we are living through the most significant and disruptive national crisis since 1945 and it is the responsibility of all of us to ensure that those at the greatest disadvantage in the workplace are not disadvantaged by disregarding essential diversity polices.’

In 2009 Dellenty ‘came out’ as gay to his whole school community (Alfred Salter Primary in Southwark) when pupil surveys revealed widespread homophobic bullying and language. In response Dellenty devised the ground-breaking teacher training programme ‘Inclusion For All’ which he has now delivered to over 70,000 U.K. professionals alone, winning multiple awards and garnering numerous invitations to speak and work overseas in schools, universities, parliamentary and business contexts. Just prior to lockdown in March 2020 Dellenty returned from speaking in Mumbai, where he was also named one the top 100 World Leaders in Diversity and Inclusion. He was also recently involved in a Pan-European project involving eight countries on preventing LGBT+ bullying in schools.

Dellenty is also the author of the Bloomsbury book ‘Celebrating Difference - A Whole School Approach to LGBT+ Inclusion’ which was recommended in the House of Lords in April 2019. Dellenty recently supported the entire Isle of Man education system to become LGBT+ inclusive. His work has been recommended by many national organisations including Amnesty International, the Church of England and Faith and Beliefs Forum. His work has also featured in the national press and on television.

Dellenty was awarded the Mayor of Southwark’s Highest Civic Honour Freedom of Southwark at Cathedral and a ‘Points of Light’ designation from the Prime Minister in May 2016.

Of the listing Dellenty says: ‘I’m deeply humbled to see my work honoured on such a prestigious global platform, alongside some of my own diversity heroes. My work started as a small school-based project but it now impacts around the world. In these unprecedented times, we must all strive to make the world a more compassionate place. I hope in my own small way I make a difference. I’d like to dedicate this award to all the Southwark youngsters and families it was my honour to work with since moving to London in 2000.

More on Shaun Dellenty (including full biography) and



Barry Boffy is the Head of Diversity & Inclusion at British Transport Police. In this article in Pride Life he talks about his important role in creating an all-inclusive work place for everybody. He also talks about his work as a board member for IEDP.

To download and read the article click here.


This is Us is hosting its second annual, and largest diversity conference in Milton Keynes

Date: October 7, 2019
Place: DoubleTree Hilton Milton Keynes
Cost: £65 + VAT

This Is Us is designed to advance LGBTQ+ diversity and inclusion within the workplace. Organised by Meena Chander, Owner of Events Together, This Is Us is working with businesses to address LGBT bias in the workplace, and create real time solutions and better practice.

Use the code IEDP5 for 5% the ticket price


Please join us in celebrating Roland Chesters, an IEDP Advisory Friend as he was recently shortlisted for the  Positive Role Model Award for Disability at the UK’s largest diversity awards, the 2019 National Diversity Awards! Such an amazing achievement to have been shortlisted. 


The latest IEDP newsletter (May 2019) has recommendations of a lot of useful books and resources on trans equality. Click here to find it.



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Staff Networks - help or hindrance? How to continue establishing and cultivating engagement through staff networks


UK Athletics and Versida

IEDP Advisory Friend Joanne Lockwood is speaking at an event to mark Transgender Awareness Week

The event, entitled Raise the Bar, will be held in central London on Wednesday 14 November starting at 6 pm. For further details and to book for this evening of discussion and networking go to the Eventbrite page.



Be a part of the purple revolution!

3 December is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. First launched by the United Nations in 1992, it’s now a globally recognised date that brings together a united voice to celebrate and empower disabled people. On this day the world will light up in a simple, powerful declaration of solidarity amongst, and with, disabled people.

Networks, resource groups, allies, champions and supporters are coming together to celebrate the economic power of disabled people across the globe.

Join in and grow this transformative movement. #PurpleLightUp

If you would like to be part of #PurpleLightUp powered by PurpleSpace, or want to learn more about PurpleSpace, we would be thrilled to hear from you.
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Our summer seminar is on 30 July.


Government Equalities Office

The long awaited consultation on the Gender Recognition Act is now open.

The consultation closes on 19 October 2018. You can take part as an individual or an organisation. If you want to be part of the IEDP's response come to our Summer Seminar on 30 July and have your say:  Here is the link to submit a response


Substantial reduction in the cost of IEDP membership!


The Fawcett Society

The Fawcett Society's new sex discrimination law review was published on 23 January.

The review finds that the UK legal system is failing women and is in need of reform.  Read the review here.


Little Rebels is a relative newcomer on the children’s book award scene. Now in its sixth year, the award was conceived by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers and established in conjunction with Letterbox Library. The prize celebrates the best in children’s books, for ages birth through to 12, which tackle, explore and celebrate ideas of social justice through well-crafted stories and exceptional artwork.

Little Rebels is currently run by Letterbox Library in partnership with Housmans Bookshop. Both Letterbox Library and Housmans Bookshop have long histories of unearthing, foregrounding and celebrating literature about social justice. Letterbox Library is a 33-year-old mail order children’s booksellers specialising in bringing inclusive and anti-discriminatory books to schools and nurseries. Housmans is the longest surviving and one of the last remaining radical bookshops, with a growing and exciting children’s book section. Their respective specialisms in equalities and radical thought make them the natural choices for creating a new canon of social justice children’s fiction through the vehicle of this award.

In the world of children’s literature, social justice can of course take many guises. Previous submissions to Little Rebels have introduced an exploding teddy bear, a boy who likes to knit rainbow-coloured scarves, a child who is ostracised for-quite literally- defying gravity and a field of worms who join a union and go on strike. Previous winners of the award have embraced feminist insurrections, young people navigating the care system and… a little finch who ponders on weighty existentialist concepts! Interestingly, two of the five winners have been refugee narratives, reflecting the recent concerns of some children’s  authors to give children stories to counter some of the hateful anti-refugee rhetoric so prevalent in our wider popular culture.

By highlighting and amplifying the existence of social justice books, the Little Rebels Award becomes so much more than simply an accolade of good quality children’s literature. The award expands the appreciation of children's literature out of the next best seller or sparkly book series. It takes quiet and patient stock of the books which nudge and provoke, which gently encourage children to notice the world around them, to ask questions and, where necessary, to challenge the status quo. If our children are witness to the world then they are witness to social injustices. The stories we give them can empower them to make sense of such things and they can also enable them, if they choose, to join us adults when we say, 'this has to change'.

This is what the Little Rebels Award embraces; simply put, it celebrates children's compassion and keeps their hunger for asking 'why?' alive and well.

For full details of the award, click on The Little Rebels Award for Radical Fiction. And do sign up for updates! You can also follow the progress of the award on Twitter at @littlerebsprize. The shortlist will be announced in May and the winner will be announced at the annual London Radical Bookfair on 2 June. 


Discrimination Law Association

Next DLA Practitioners Group will take place on Wednesday 29 November 2017

The topic for the session will be discrimination issues in housing law: recent cases. The speaker is Liz Davies and the event will take place on Wed 29 Nov at 6.00 pm at Slater Gordon, 50 -52 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1HL.  Click here for Liz's biographical details





Our Autumn Seminar will be on 30 October 2017 in Birmingham



Free training event for people working with children aged 0 - 7

Equaliteach is putting on a free training session on Universal Values: promoting Fundamental British Values cohesively in the Early Years. This will take place in Rotherham on Thursday 27 April. For more information and to book a place click here.


Discrimination Law Association

Next meeting of the DLA Practitioner Group is Wednesday 29 March

No need to book, just come along at 6.00 pm to Leigh Day, Priory House, 25 St John's Lane, London EC1M 4 LB. The speakers will be Tom Linden and Annie Powell and the topic will be recent cases on employment status. Click here for a map 


Equality and Human Rights Commission

Consultation on housing and support for disabled people 

The EHRC is conducting a formal inquiry into the chronic lack of accessible and adaptable housing available for disabled people in Britain. They are now calling for evidence and want disabled people and relevant organisations to share their experiences of housing and tenancy support provision with them. They will publish their findings and recommendations early in 2018.  [Click here for further details]


Book here for our spring seminar on hate crime



Centre for Inclusion and Diversity, University of Bradford

Diversity Challenge Seminar: How can we develop culturally competent services?  

Diversity Challenge Seminar: How can we develop culturally competent services?

 This seminar will be held on Thursday 2 March from 10.30 to 12.45 in Room E92, Richmond Building, University of Bradford.

The concept of cultural competence in health and social care services was developed as a response to the inequalities and disadvantage experienced by people from minority ethnic and religious communities. Such communities represent a significant part of the British Population; the last UK Census showed that minority ethnic groups made up 14% of the general population of England, with higher rates of up to 40% in some cities.

Barriers to effective service provision for minority ethnic and religious groups include: poor knowledge of available services, poor standards of communication, delays in diagnosis and treatment, high levels of stress among carers, and significant unmet needs.

Led by Ghazala Mir, Associate Professor, University of Leeds,this presentation will describe potential solutions to such barriers and methods that practitioners can use to develop culturally competent services.

To book your place go to:


Season's greetings from the IEDP


University of Bradford

The 12th annual Rosa Parks Symposium will be taking place in Bradford on 6 December

The theme this year is 'Seeking Courage, Fighting Hate and Finding Belonging in times of Global Instability.' To book your free place click here.


Action for Children / Victim Support / Norton Rose Fulbright

Event on Thursday 10 November in London

This event will take place at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, London SE1 2AQ. Click here to register for this free event



Are you interested in working for Stonewall?

The LGBT organisation Stonewall is currently advertising a number of vacancies with a variety of closing dates in September: Click here for information


Oxfam Education

New resource for teaching about refugees suitable for 8 to 14 year olds

Oxfam Education have produced these free teaching resources including a short film. These are part of their 'Stand as One' campaign - asking people to stand in solidarity with people who are forced to flee: Click here for more information


House of Commons: Women and Equalities Committee

A new report reveals shocking extent of sexual harassment and violence in schools

On 13 September the Women and Equalities Committee of the House of Commons published a new report entitled Sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools: Click here to read the report


Warwickshire County Council

Anyone interested in the position of senior E&D advisor at Warwickshire County council? The closing date is 14th August and interviews will take place on Friday 19th August.

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Race Equality Foundation (REF)

IEDP advisory friend Dr Leander Neckles has written a new report for REF calling for a proper hate crime strategy that addresses race and religious hate crimes.

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The Home Office

Action Against Hate, published July 2016, outlines the UK Government's plan for tackling hate crime

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Discrimination Law Association

The Department of Work and Pensions is currently asking for feedback on how the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment is working. Consultation closes 16 September 2016.

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Equality and Human Rights Commission

The EHRC has issued a letter to employers about the increase in rate hate actions since the EU referendum.

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Salisbury Journal

This article about Salisbury District Hospital features their head of equality and diversity Pamela Permalloo-Bass.

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Huffington Post

Jack Somers interviews Trevor Phillips about his new essay, 'Race and Faith: the deafening silence', and the two recent controversial Channel 4 programmes he made.

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The newly elected Mayor of London has suggested that Ramadan provides an opportunity to reduce people's suspicions of Islam.

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The Independent

Being Muslim in a country where not everyone is fasting can be difficult. This article by Jess Stautenberg describes how non-Muslims can be supportive.

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There is only a week left to nominate people or organisations for this year's National Diversity Awards.


Read how to do this here: 



Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education (CSIE),Wednesday 29 June, London


Diverse Magazine Group, Friday 28 October in Liverpool


The British Academy, London, 24 May 2016



As part of its 'new approach to diversity', the BBC is going to monitor applicants for jobs by asking questions to elicit information about their socio-economic background.

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Childline recently reported a 9% rise in calls this year from young people relating to exam stress

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New figures show that workers at the DWP took more than 112,000 days of sick last year because of mental health problems.

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This article, based on research by an organisation that represents mental health trusts, reports that the government is not meeting its goal of mental health having 'parity of esteem' with physical health.

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Interesting article from October 2015 based on the CIPD's absence management survey.

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[The Guardian]

The Equality and Human Rights Commission are taking the view that the Health Secretary's proposed new contract for junior doctors is potentially discriminatory.

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An inquiry by the Equality and Human Rights Commission reveals more than 60% of FTSE 350 and 45% of FTSE 100 companies are failing to hit diversity targets.

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When Facebook hired Maxine Williams as its global director of diversity in 2013, the social media giant was approaching its tenth birthday.

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BBC News Website

Laws designed to outlaw discrimination in Britain "simply aren't working in practice", the peers said.

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