Preference for Diversity

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Presentation given by Robin Lynn at Umbrella conference, Hatfield, July 2009

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Preference for Diversity

  1. 1. Preference for Diversity Robin Lynn Umbrella 14 July 2009
  2. 2. Equally Professional • To maximise their members’ awareness • To carry out effective diversity monitoring • To be aware of the implications • To work to understand and address low diversity • To maximise their potential to contribute to equality of opportunity.
  3. 3. Equally Professional • Liaison with key stakeholders including government • Informing other professional organisations of the role they may play • Ensuring government and other bodies pay due regard to the professions as stakeholder interests.
  4. 4. Current Legislation • 35 Acts of Parliament • 52 statutory instruments • 13 codes of practice and • 16 EC directives
  5. 5. Equality Bill: key elements • Age • Equal Pay • Socioeconomic duty
  6. 6. Public Sector Duty • Currently: race, gender and disability New: • age, • religion and belief, • maternity and pregnancy, • sexual orientation and • extending the protection on gender reassignment.
  7. 7. “have due regard” to the need to • eliminate unlawful discrimination, • advance equality of opportunity and • foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
  8. 8. Statutory Guidance • Employment • Goods, facilities and services • Education, and • The Public Sector Duty
  9. 9. “the distinctive contribution of library and information professionals to developing a society where: • All groups are empowered • Attitudes and prejudices that hinder the progress of individuals and groups are confronted and tackled • Cultural, racial, and societal diversity is respected and celebrated • Individuals and communities live together in mutual respect and tolerance • Discrimination is challenged and tackled robustly.” CILIP Equal Opportunities & Diversity Statement
  10. 10. Robin Lynn Policy Manager Policy & Strategy Directorate Equality and Human Rights Commission Cardiff Office 3 Callaghan Square Cardiff CF10 5BT Tel 029 2044 7750 email Robin.Lynn@equalityhumanrights.com

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