Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity (CREID)

Public policy, equality and diversity: A seminar series

A seminar series funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Project team

  • Professor Sheila Riddell, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Anne Stafford, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Linda McKie, Glasgow Caledonia University
Start date 2004
End date 2005

 

Overview

Mainstreaming equality implies that equal opportunities principles, strategies and practices should be integrated into all aspects of the work of government and public bodies. The strategy is supported by the United Nations, the Commonwealth governments, the Council of Europe and many governments world-wide. Mainstreaming also has implications for participative democracy, since it implies that wide consultation of individuals and groups should take place before legislation is passed to ensure that it is 'equality proofed' (Council of Europe, 1998; Rees, 1998; Mackay and Bilton, 2000). Mainstreaming has been promoted particularly strongly by devolved governments and within Europe (Mackay and Bilton, 2001, Rees, 2001). Following the European Employment Directive, which outlaws discrimination in relation to gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, age and religion, the UK government has announced its intention to move towards a mainstreaming approach, replacing the existing equality commissions with a new single equalities body.

Seminar 1: Universal principles of equality: Implications for different groups

The seminar series will give policy-makers, academics and activists the opportunity to discuss the key issues of mainstreaming equality in different parts of the UK and consider the wider picture in Europe and North America.

Seminar 2: Mainstreaming equality and diversity in different national contexts: Implications for policy and practice

Seminar 2: Mainstreaming equality and diversity in different national contexts: Implications for policy and practice.

Seminar 3: Mainstreaming equality and diversity in particular settings and contexts

The seminar series will give policy-makers, academics and activists the opportunity to discuss the key issues of mainstreaming equality in different parts of the UK and consider the wider picture in Europe and North America.