|Equality Under Devolution Seminar
(L-R) Colm O'Cinnedide, Kate Bennet and John Wilkes
Comparing the equality cultures and policies of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland was the focus of this day seminar held in Belfast. The invited speakers, Colm O’Cinneide, Lecturer in Law at University College London, Kate Bennett and John Wilkes from the Equal Opportunities Commissions in Wales and Scotland respectively, and Bronagh Hinds from the Institute of Governance, Public Policy and Social Research at Queen’s University, joined with participants from the statutory, voluntary and academic sectors in Northern Ireland to learn from each other’s experiences.
The seminar explored the ways in which (in)equalities in each of the countries of the UK recognise, address and reflect their distinctive social and political histories. It compared how each country has sought to redress inequalities using the new opportunities created by devolution since 2000 and there was reflection on the strategic actions necessary to further promote equality in Northern Ireland, an ongoing focus of the project.
Fourth Public Dialogue on Equality from Theory to Action
Equality: From Theory to Action (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) is an interdisciplinary book co-authored by staff of the Equality Studies Centre, University College Dublin. It sets out a radical model of equality and proposes policies aimed at transforming social institutions.
Throughout 2004-05 a number of key stakeholders are responding to the critical ideas set out in the book. The fourth dialogue event will involve the following representatives from Irish political parties of the left*:
Alex White, The Labour Party
Mary Lou Mc Donald, Sinn Féin
Paul Murphy, The Socialist Party
Kieran Allen, The Socialist Workers Party
*Representatives of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, The Green Party and the
Progressive Democrats are taking part in a separate event on Monday 7th of March