Fairness and Equality

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    Religious diversity in the workplace: the case for alternative dispute resolution

Religious diversity in the workplace: the case for alternative dispute resolution

Élise Rouméas uses a recent court case involving an NHS nurse being dismissed for proselytising religious views to explain why the matter could have been handled differently. Specifically, she argues that cases such as this illustrate how alternative dispute resolution ought to be seen as a desirable complement to the rule of law rather than a cheaper alternative.

In 2016, […]

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    Domestic Abuse Bill: government policy on economic abuse is inconsistent

Domestic Abuse Bill: government policy on economic abuse is inconsistent

Marilyn Howard explains why the proposed statutory definition of domestic abuse, which includes economic abuse, is incompatible with how the latter is facilitated through another government policy – Universal Credit.

In her final days in office, former Prime Minister Theresa May introduced the Domestic Abuse Bill into the House of Commons. The Bill includes a new statutory definition of domestic […]

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    Politicising and degendering women’s part-time work: evidence from Norway

Politicising and degendering women’s part-time work: evidence from Norway

Anne Lise Ellingsæter and Ragnhild Steen Jensen explain how society’s perceptions of the nature and desirability of women’s part-time work are changing. They draw evidence from Norway and consider the implications for other countries.

Part-time work is generally associated with women and as being a way of helping mothers balance work and family life. However, the role of part-time work […]

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    Abortion law reform in Northern Ireland: celebrations and cautions

Abortion law reform in Northern Ireland: celebrations and cautions

Fran Amery offers an overview of the recent amendment to liberalise abortion law in Northern Ireland and explains why, despite there still being ways that change could be blocked, the development shows the strength of feeling about this issue in Parliament.

On 9 July, an amendment was successfully attached to the government’s Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill requiring the government […]

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    Egg freezing: the case for extending the (arbitrary) ten-year storage limit

Egg freezing: the case for extending the (arbitrary) ten-year storage limit

Emily Jackson outlines the rules regulating egg freezing in the UK, and explains why the government should support a new Private Members Bill recently introduced in the Lords proposing to extend the current storage time limit.

It is easy to see the appeal of egg freezing for women who know that they want to have children in the future, […]

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    The Civil Service’s gender diversity agenda under the coalition

The Civil Service’s gender diversity agenda under the coalition

Daniel Fitzpatrick and Dave Richards examine the patterns of gender representation in the UK Civil Service under the coalition government. They explain why there was a regressive change in the most senior grades and highlight the role of ‘critical feminist actors’ in driving forward gender equality and diversity agendas in Whitehall.

The equal representation of women and men in positions […]

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    Gender and the ‘impact’ agenda: the costs of public engagement to female academics

Gender and the ‘impact’ agenda: the costs of public engagement to female academics

Engaging in public discussion is a crucial aspect of academia. At the same time, female academics often encounter sexist abuse as a result of such engagement. Heather Savigny draws on interview data to argue that while women may seek to actively build impact and public engagement in to their research agendas, the site of interaction between media and academia […]

The long history of social housing segregation in Britain

Patrick Mulrenan offers a brief history of physical segregation between social housing tenants and private owners, and argues that the idea of mixed communities as a solution is problematic.

A recent article in the Guardian revealed that segregation by social class is still a feature of housing in the UK. A newly developed site in Lambeth has a playground reserved […]