The final CWI submission to the Review of the Equality Legislation 2021 was supported by the Community Platform, the National Traveller Partnership, the National Collective of Community Based Women’s Networks, the All Ireland Body for Endorsement of Community Work Education and Training, Pavee Point and Galway City Partnership, and is available to download below.
Further to our recent CWI Members’ Meeting on the Review of the Equality Legislation 2021, we are making the CWI draft submission available and invite you to use the content to inform your own organisations and/or network submissions – you are free to use as much of the submission as you feel useful and to adapt it to reflect your own priorities.
Thanks to Niall Crowley for his work on the draft CWI Submission. You can download it in Word here
If you feel that there are other issues we should include please let us know by Monday, December 6th – email firstname.lastname@example.org
The key headings in the submission that you may wish to use are:
- Ensure Comprehensive Equality Legislation
- Address Deficits in the Equality Legislation
- Strengthen the Equality Legislation
- Build on Recent Improvements to the Equality Legislation
- Ensure Access to the Rights Enshrined in Equality Legislation
- numbers matter when it comes to submissions so consider making ones from your own organisations and any network(s) you might be involved in,
- submissions can be brief and to the point, and focused on your own priorities – they do not need to cover all angles
- the deadline is December 8th at 5pm and the email address to use is email@example.com
In June 2021, the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth announced a review of the Equality Acts. In July 2021, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration, and Youth launched a public consultation in respect of the review. Monday, 29 November 2021, is the deadline for submissions. The review will include:
- The functioning of the Acts and their effectiveness in combatting discrimination and promoting equality
- The degree to which those experiencing discrimination are aware of the legislation and whether there are obstacles that deter them from taking an action
- The scope of the current definitions of the nine equality grounds. This will include consideration of the gender ground, the disability ground, and whether new grounds should be added, such as the ground of socio-economic discrimination;
- Whether the legislation adequately addresses intersectionality or the intersection of discrimination across a number of grounds;
- Whether existing exemptions in the legislation should be modified or removed
- Any other issues arising from the legislation.
You can read more here
IHREC and FLAC recently launched Equality ACTion, a joint project that aims to strengthen the engagement of civil society with the review of the equality legislation.
Thanks to those that attended the CWI Members’ Meeting to discuss the review and to consider a submission to the review process on Thursday, November 25th. We are delighted that we were joined by Niall Crowley, an independent consultant on equality issues and co-founder of ValuesLab and that the event was chaired by Anastasia Crickley who has a considerable track record and experience in the areas of human rights and equality. The recording of the session is now available to view and the CWI brief presentation based on the FLAC document is available to download and use here Review of the Equality Legislation