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Diverse Cymru’s stance on UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights report

 

On 22 May 2019, the report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights on his visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was made public.

This report publicises findings from the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston’s, visit to the UK.

It was reported that one fifth of the overall population live in poverty, with Wales facing the highest relative poverty rate in the UK with one in four people in Wales living in relative income poverty.

 

The report highlighted issues within poverty experienced by society, drawing particular reference to the experiences of women, children, ethnic minority groups, persons with disabilities and older people.

From this, the report concluded with extensive conclusions linked to addressing poverty.

Diverse Cymru welcome the recommendations put forward by the Special Rapporteur.

From this report the key points to be emphasized in relation to promoting equality in Wales has four aspects: 

 

  • In Wales we need to review and strengthen the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation in order to effectively measure poverty.
  • Given the report’s findings of the impact of poverty on groups such as women, children, persons with disabilities, older people and ethnic minorities, the incorporation of social and human rights in the UK and Wales is essential to various diverse communities.
  • We encourage the Welsh Government’s work around social inclusion to specifically include and advance equality.
  • Further, the report highlights the disproportionate impacts of welfare reforms on equality groups. This must, therefore, be addressed.

 

You can read the full report here

Brexit for Disabled people and Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) in Wales

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Disability Wales in partnership with the Wales Governance Centre and WCVA’s Brexit Forum project, are holding a roundtable discussion on the implications of Brexit for Disabled people and Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) in Wales.

 

The purpose of this event will be to discuss the implications of Brexit for disabled people in areas such as legal rights, health and social care and accessibility. 

 

Informed by your views and leading experts in this field we aim to  produce a briefing, also available in Easy Read format, to support with communicating information on Brexit relevant to the sector.

The roundtable will be joined by:

  • Jeremy Miles AM, Counsel General and Brexit Minister.
  • Jane Hutt AM, Deputy Minister and Chief Whip.

 

The event will see contributions from: 

  • Rhian Davies, Disability Wales
  • Professor Anna Lawson a leading academic from Leeds University in the field of disability and equality law.
  • Dr Emily Kakoullis from Cardiff University who specialises in International Disability Human Rights Law
  • Charles Whitmore, Wales Civil Society Forum on Brexit.

 

When: Thursday 6 June – 13:30 to 16:30 

Where: Room 0.22 at Cardiff University’s Postgraduate Teaching Building off Colum Road close to the business school.

 

Access by car will be through barriers – after which please follow the road right. The PTC is the 2nd building. Parking will be available.

 

Click here for more information

 

NOTE: 

  • If you have any access requirements e.g. Blue Badge parking, BSL Interpretation, Palantype etc, please let the team know beforehand 
  • There is a small budget to help with travel expenses for this event for disabled people and representatives of unfunded DPOs.
  •  If you would like to attend and are travelling from outside of Cardiff, you can get in touch with Charles Whitmore (whitmorecd@cardiff.ac.uk) to discuss first as the budget is limited.

Sport Wales: looking to appointment 3 Board Members

Sport Wales is a national organisation responsible for developing and promoting sport and active lifestyles. 

It is a Welsh Government Sponsored Public Body and is funded largely by grant-in-aid from the Welsh Government. 

 

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Sports Wales is looking for three new board members and is keen to hear from BME individuals. 

Board Members would have individual and collective responsibility to the Welsh Government through the Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism.

The Board meets in different locations across Wales.

 

Visit the website for more information on the roles 

Diverse Cymru to run Cardiff University Cardiff Half Marathon

Support the Diverse Cymru running team in their challenge to cross the finish line at this years Cardiff University Cardiff Half Marathon. 

Runners and spectators at Cardiff Half Marathon 2018

 

You can support the team via our Just Giving page 

Taking place on Sunday 6 October, our team of dedicated fundraisers will run, walk or jog around the course, taking in some of Cardiff’s best landmarks.

Did you know that people of African Caribbean origin living in the UK are three to five times more likely than any other group to be diagnosed and admitted to hospital for schizophrenia?[1]

All money raised through fundraising will go towards the delivery of our services and will help us to continue to support vulnerable people across Wales through our BME Mental Health, Advocacy and Direct Payments support for disabled people.

 

Join the team

If you would like to join the team, we have a small number of free spaces available,  saving you £42.

You will need to pledge to fund raise a minimum of £250 (not including gift aid) and will receive advice and support on training and fundraising as well as encouragement and support on the day! 

Take look at the DC half marathon team pack or you can call us 029 2036 8888 or send an email for more information.

If you are or plan to take part in the event, you can still raise funds for Diverse Cymru, call us on 029 2036 8888 or email us to discuss

 

Thanks for your support!

 

 

[1] Ethnic Inequalities in Mental Health: Promoting Lasting Positive Change. Mind, the Afiya Trust and Centre for Mental Health

Diverse Cymru’s stance on Gender pay gap

On 5 April, the BBC published an article on Gender pay.

It was reported that ‘fewer than half of UK biggest employers have succeeded in narrowing their gender pay gap’. 

This is our response to the news: 

 

 

“Diverse Cymru is saddened but not surprised to understand that less than half of the UK’s biggest employers have succeeded in narrowing their gender pay gap, according to analysis by the BBC. Diverse Cymru, as an equality charity, believes that women and men should receive the same pay, benefits and opportunities for progression.

 

We welcome the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) position on this matter, and encourage employers to also adopt work practices to support a reduction in the gender pay gap, such as agile working, targeted internal learning, mentoring, coaching, and progressive maternity and paternity arrangements.

 

We also call on employers to examine other equality related pay gaps, such as disability and ethnicity pay gaps, as these pay gaps are similarly established, yet often not discussed.

Responding to these reports, Diverse Cymru’s Chief Operating Officer, Bill Smale says “With women remaining at greater risk of violence and poverty, and accounting for only 6% of chief executives in Wales – we believe in defending and promoting the rights of women in Wales.”

 

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For media enquiries please contact:

 

Bethan Hâf Marsh

Bethan.Marsh@diverse.cymru|

02920 368302

 

Notes to Editors

  1. Diverse Cymru is a unique Welsh charity committed to supporting people faced with inequality and discrimination because of: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

https://www.diversecymru.org.uk/

Social Care Wales – Briefing sessions on the Code of Professional Practice

To make sure workers in Wales provide people with good care and support, Social Care Wales has a Code of Professional Practice for Social Care (the Code).

The Code is a set of rules, or standards, care professionals must work to, to help keep people safe and well.

To provide people with the best care and support, the Code says that social workers must:

  • Help people say and achieve what is important to them
  • Respect people’s dignity, privacy, preferences, culture, language, rights, beliefs, views and wishes
  • Support people to stay safe
  • Be honest, trustworthy and reliable
  • Be qualified to do their job properly

 Therefore, these standards are there to help make sure that people have the support they need to live their lives in the way that reflects their needs. As such, ensuring that as many people as possible who use care and support, their families and carers know about the Code is vital.

Social Care Wales’ Strategic Equality Plan 2018 – 2022 commits to ensuring that people with one or more protected characteristic receive care and support in ways that reflect their specific needs and Objective 1 – Raise awareness of the Code of Professional Practice for Social Care among people using care and support their families and carers within the plan sets out to achieve this.

Social Care Wales have already gathered evidence that suggests that there is little or no knowledge of the Code among BME people, therefore they want to use a range of methods to engage with this group to ensure raised awareness of the Code and they would like your help to achieve this. Although initially they will be focusing on raising awareness of the Code among BME-led groups, the scope of this work will broaden over the coming year to include all the diverse people who use care and support in Wales.

 

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HYPE Cymru

Helping young people through empowerment

 

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Diverse Cymru, with support from the Welsh Government through the Section 64 third sector mental health grant, is delivering a series of mental health awareness workshops to schoolchildren in Key Stages 2 and 3, and young people up to 25 years old.

The project will be delivered in Cardiff, Newport, Swansea and Wrexham, focusing on Cardiff in this, our first year. 

Our workshops provide information and space for young people to focus on feelings, mental health knowledge and awareness aiming to break down the stigma attached to mental health, how we talk about mental health and where to go for help. We also talk about mindfulness and work on techniques to help with stress and anxiety.

As well as working in primary and secondary schools, we also work in youth centres where we run ‘The Shed’ a safe, independent space where young people can drop in on particular day/evenings for a chat and to pick up information on mental health.

Visit the website for more information on Hype Cymru 

 

 

Human Rights Day, a day of celebration, of remembrance and of recommitment

A Blog Post 

by Joe Stockley, Researcher, Diverse Cymru

“Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must — at that moment — become the centre of the universe.” –

Elie Wiesel

Today, the 10th of December, is Human Rights Day, a day of celebration, of remembrance, and of recommitment. It is 70 years since 1948, 70 years today from the date that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. If you haven’t refreshed your reading of this seminal text, take five minutes to do so with this quick video from The Human Rights Action Centre:

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Video has sound)

There has rarely been greater need.

In The UK, the Institute of Fiscal Studies predicts that by 2021-22, nearly 40% of our children will be living in poverty[1]. A fifth of our population do so now. Where is the upholding of Article 22, the right to social security, and article 3, the right to life, liberty and security of person?

In his visit to the UK, Professor Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights summarised that: “The experience of the United Kingdom, especially since 2010, underscores the conclusion that poverty is a political choice… Austerity could easily have spared the poor, if the political will had existed to do so”[2]

In order to curtail this rising tide of a poorer humanity, and a poorer Wales, more must be done. There is a belief among politicians that employment is the answer, that individuals should work, and therefore be free from poverty. But with the proliferation of zero-hour contracts, poor pay (25% of jobs in Wales are below living wage[3], and this figure is rising year on year), and a fragile future, ‘Employment as the answer’ looks to be an increasingly tenuous statement.

What then, is the answer?

A return to our Human Rights, with an enshrinement of that Declaration in our statutes when we fall out of the EU – an enshrinement that does not currently exist.  The EU laws on Human Rights are currently a backstop, when the UK leaves, they will no longer apply (though the UK government seems to believe our rights are already sustained by current UK statute).

The human rights that have been so supportive of the development of humankind across the last 70 years should be revisited, and defended. Discrimination must be challenged, in all its forms, and an equitable future for the people of Wales must be sustained.

 

[1] https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/10028

[2] https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Poverty/EOM_GB_16Nov2018.pdf

[3] https://assets.kpmg.com/content/dam/kpmg/uk/pdf/2018/11/kpmg-living-wage-research-2018.pdf

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