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Fife Centre for Equalities - Annual Conference
When: 9.30am-4.00pm, Thursday 05 September 2019 Where: Carnegie Conference Centre, Halbeath Road, Dunfermline, KY11 8DY This event is being organised by Fife Centre for Equalities
"Embrace Differences" - conflict resolution in practice Equality Act 2010 is a legislation that offers protection to everyone under the nine protected characteristics (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, race, religion/belief, sex and sexual orientation). Since the Act came into power in October 2010, we have seen cases that highlight the rights of one protected characteristic can conflict with another under the same act. Below is some of the headlines we have seen in the press: "Christian wins right to wear cross at work" (The Telegraph 15/01/13) "Ofsted threatens to penalise schools where Muslim veil is worn" (The Telegraph 26/01/16) "Let Ashers bake what it wants - gay people in Northern Ireland like me need marriage equality more than their cakes" (Independent 10/10/18) "Disability groups hail court's support for wheelchair user on bus" (The Guardian 18/01/17) "Catholic nurses use Equality Act to protect their pro-life beliefs" (The Telegraph 12/08/11) "Islamic schools accused of sex discrimination after segregating boys and girls at break time" (The Telegraph 04/11/18) "Nicola Sturgeon: Trans rights are not a threat to me as a woman or to my feminism" (The National 07/02/19) "Council plan to open short-stay Traveller sites as Fife named hotspot for illegal camps" (The Courier 16/04/19) Given that news headlines often portray competition between groups and rights, it is not surprising that many organisations are worried about how to manage potential conflicts when designing or delivering services as well as managing the needs and beliefs of a diverse workforce.
At this conference, you will hear from speakers on how these challenges can be managed under the legislation, with national policies or by local community cohesion initiatives. There will be a wide range of workshops delivered by organisations who have experiences in managing conflicting expectations. More importantly, Fife Centre for Equalities will be launching their "Embrace Differences" practical guide. If you want to deliver a workshop or book a space for your information stall, please contact [email protected] or 01592 645 310.
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