Equality and Human Rights Commission: Who we are and What we do

Equality and Human Rights Commission: Who we are and What we do


In this country we’ve come a long way but there’s still a huge amount to do to end discrimination and to finish the fight for equality and human rights. In the last year just over five and a half thousand homophobic hate crimes were recorded. The difference between actual reporting and reality is huge. Estimates show that there’s approximately 39,000 incidents that take place each year. I was four months pregnant when I told them I was pregnant and understandably a little bit nervous and with no further communication they left a message on my answer phone to tell me that I was sacked. I was shocked at how many had a similar experience and a similar story to tell. Just thinking about the last forty/fifty years just how much more diverse the UK has become. Diversity is not a kind of project, or a theme. It should be a call to reflect on who we are as a society. Particularly in a creative industry, particularly with something as powerful as television which shapes cultural norms, reflects cultural norms, has got to reflect all aspects of the UK. The way in which people suffering mental ill health get treated raises serious concerns about whether their rights under the human rights act are undermined. And that’s why I think it is so important that the Commission engages in this work. We’re a national expert body and we’re a catalyst for change. That gives us a special responsibility, whether its to support, or sometimes to confront those best placed to ensure change.

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