Equality News Update: The Libyan Slave Trade Has Shocked the World

A video of men appearing to be sold at auction in Libya for $400 has shocked the world and focused international attention on the exploitation of migrants and refugees the north African country.

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Equality News Update: Figures show over 45,000 students in Scotland sought counselling over last five years

‘We know that student counselling services in universities work incredibly hard but these figures show just how much demand there is for their service’

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Equality News Update: Nearly all trans students are self-harming in Scotland

The most recent Stonewall school report from Scotland shows incredibly high levels of mental health issues in trans students.

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Equality News Update: 100 apply to mentor disadvantaged in Dundee BREAKTHROUGH programme

A new £1 million Dundee mentoring scheme which aims to give a crucial boost to disadvantaged children received 100 applications to be mentors within its first week.

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Equality News Update: Campaign to highlight human trafficking in Kirkcaldy

Car drivers in Kirkcaldy have been asked to play their part in tackling the brutality of people trafficking.

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Equality News Update: Crackdown on drink buying for minors

A campaign to stop adults buying alcohol for under-age teenagers in North Lanarkshire is being credited with cutting crime and public drinking.

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Equality News Update: Pupils offered support as exam results are revealed

Pupils who have received their exam results are being offered support.

NSPCC Scotland is asking youngsters who are worried about this week’s exam results to get in touch.

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Equality News Update: Suicides by young people peak in exam season, report finds

Suicides among children and young adults peak at the beginning of exam season, it has emerged, adding to fears that pressure to get good results is harming their mental health.

Exams are sometimes the final straw that lead to someone under 25 taking their own life, according to a major inquiry. While experts pointed out that the causes of suicide are always complex, they said academic problems could play a significant role.

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Equality News Update: Racist and anti-gay bullying is on the rise in Scottish schools

RACIST and anti-gay bullying is on the rise in Scottish schools despite authorities campaigning for years for greater tolerance and a change in attitudes, a report has found.
A wide-ranging study of the problem, which took in school pupils’ testimonies, revealed that gender-based bullying and harassment is “commonplace” in some classrooms while prejudice remains rife among some young people.

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Equality News Update: Scottish student told to remove Pride badge because it ‘promoted’ homosexuality

A 16-year-old student in Scotland has been told that he cannot wear a Pride badge because it “promotes” homosexuality.

The student, who wishes to remain anonymous, told PinkNews that after attending Edinburgh Pride during the weekend he returned to school with a small Pride badge on his uniform.

The circular badge is smaller than a £2 coin and has a heart with rainbow stripes.

However, St. Kentigern’s Academy in Blackburn, West Lothian told the student that he could not wear the badge.

The teen told us that the instructions came to him on behalf of the head teacher, Mr Sharkey.

He was not initially told why he could not wear the badge and grew to be upset.

“I was given no reason why, then after I got upset about it I was told by the teacher who told me to take it off that the school had ‘no problem’ with me being gay, but however I’m ‘promoting’ it by wearing the badge,” the teen said.

He explained that he refused to take the badge off.

“I told them that I was refusing to take it off which was fed back to the head teacher. I was then told by another senior member of staff, who I had a really good dialogue with, the exact same thing.”

The school’s uniform policy states that students must not wear jewellery which could be seen to: encourage rivalry, cause offence, damage flooring, promote a message contrary to the values of the school of the council, carry advertising or could be used as a weapon.

 

 

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http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/06/25/scottish-student-told-to-remove-pride-badge-because-it-promoted-homosexuality/

 

BREXIT Questionnaire

To coincide with our Brexit focus groups this week, we have launched a short online questionnaire so that we can get an insight into how Brexit is going to affect not only you but your friends, family etc. This is perfect for you if you are unable to attend one of our sessions this week!

We still have two sessions that you can pop in for this week:

Wednesday 21st June, 6:30-8:30pm

Parkgate Community Centre , Parkgate, Rosyth, KY11 2JW.

Thursday 22nd June 6pm-8pm

County Buildings , St Catherine Street, Cupar, KY15 4TA.

To book, or for more information, contact Pat by Email: pat@centreforequalities.org.uk Tel: 01592 645 310.

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Equality and Diversity Workshop – Glenrothes High School’s Diversity Day

 

Background

Glenrothes High School hosted a half day event for S1 and S2 pupils to raise awareness about equality and diversity on the 10th of March 2017.

Fife Centre for Equalities (FCE) were invited to help plan the event and deliver workshops on the Equality Act 2010 and what it means for pupils.

The pupils got to meet different groups that gave a short talk about a particular protected characteristic. The characteristics covered at the event were:

Evaluation Report of FCE Equality and Diversity Workshop

Contributions to FCE Strategic Plan:

The mission of FCE is to build a collective voice to champion equality, diversity, inclusion and social justice. We aim to provide high quality practical guidance and support to everyone here in Fife.
An event such as this gives us the opportunity to make people aware of the relevance of the Equality Act 2010 to individuals and that they can be part of making Fife a fairer and more equal place to work, live or study in.

Strategic Outcomes:

  1. Individuals feel respected, safe and have the freedom to lead a fulfilling life where they live, work or study.
  2. Third, public and private sector organisations demonstrate best practice in equality, diversity and inclusion.
  3. FCE is recognised as a centre of excellence for championing equality, diversity and social justice.

Key Actions:

  • FCE became involved in the development of this event in January 2017 where we provided a list of contacts for individuals and organisations that may want to participate in the event.
  • Supported the development of the event by participating in the planning group.
  • Developed and delivered a foundation equality and diversity workshop.

 

To download and read the full report click here