In many ways, the emotional experiences of survivors of rape are similar to those who experience hate crime victimisation. An important question to ask, therefore, is whether the inclusion of gender within hate crime law will help to ‘erode’ the patriarchal environment which supports the acceptance of gendered violence and the culture of blame attached to its victims. Mark Walters argues […]
Can differences in men and women’s pay and employment opportunities be explained by discrimination or by differences in their preferences or productivity? Ghazala Azmat and Barbara Petrongolo explore what has been learned from economic experiments about the continued prevalence of gender gaps in the labour market.
Women have made major inroads in labour markets throughout the past century. As a result, there has been […]
The nearly forgotten 40 year-old BBC mini-series, ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ reminds us why the struggle for gender equality still matters
A new movie documenting the struggle for women’s emancipation is a rarity; the suffragette movement is hardly ever dramatized for television. Shoulder to Shoulder, a BBC mini-series which is celebrating its fortieth anniversary, is the last time a story about the historic political struggle aired on TV. But why is the series buried in the BBC archive? Janet McCabe and Vicky Ball write […]
The advent of same-sex marriages means that civil partnerships have fallen victim to their own success
Civil partnerships, first introduced in the UK in 2005, allowed same-sex couples legal and social recognition and have been a resounding success, with over 60,000 couples formed. So why would same-sex couples want access to marriage instead? For some, civil partnerships are inadequate because they represent a stigmatised status. At the same time, same-sex couples, who can choose between […]
The cuts to legal aid are obstructing the right to a fair trial and preventing the administration of justice
In an astounding blow to the government’s decision to drastically cut access to legally-aided counsel, a judge yesterday ordered a stay (rather than an adjournment) to a complex fraud case as the defendants could find no lawyers to take the case. This decision was rooted in the right to a fair trial and may have significant implications for future […]
At the time of Alan Turing’s death, Britain was gripped by a McCarthyite-style anti-homosexual witch-hunt. A thorough, comprehensive inquiry is needed in order to establish for certain what role, if any, the security services played in the run-up to his death, writes Peter Tatchell.
The time has come for a long overdue public inquiry into the death of the scientist Alan […]
Discrimination against black and minority ethnic staff within the NHS is widespread, deep-rooted, systemic and largely unchanging
Research by Roger Kline finds that black and minority ethnic (BME) staff are grossly under-represented at senior levels of the NHS and their presence has declined despite the increasing number of BME nurses and doctors. Urgent discussion and action is needed to prevent further damage to staff well being and to patient care.
The NHS is England’s largest employer of Black […]