Gender pay gap targets must be set by all companies, Equality and Human Rights Commission says – Daily Telegraph

‘Targets to eliminate the gender pay gap must be set by all companies, Britain’s equality watchdog has suggested.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th December 2018

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London Underground bans dating app ad featuring topless man, 58, for ‘ sexual objectification’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 17th, 2018 in advertising, gender, news by sally

‘An advert featuring a topless model in his fifties has been banned from the London Underground over claims it sexually objectified him. The advert, for an over-50s dating app, showed 58-year-old Paul Orchard wearing just braces, holding a phone with the tagline: “Pull a cracker this Christmas.” However Transport for London’s advertising agent, Exterion Media, has demanded that it be changed to feature a clothed model with a “less suggestive” tagline.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th December 2018

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Watchdog bans ‘harmful’ gender stereotypes in adverts – BBC News

Posted December 14th, 2018 in advertising, gender, news, reports by tracey

‘The UK’s advertising watchdog has said it will ban “gender stereotypes that are likely to cause harm, or serious or widespread offence”.’

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BBC News, 14th December 2018

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Gender pay gap reporting: the international perspective – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 5th, 2018 in conflict of laws, equality, gender, jurisdiction, news, remuneration, statistics, women by sally

‘The gender pay gap (GPG) is not just a UK-centric issue, and understanding the international picture is becoming essential for multinational employers.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th December 2018

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SRA seeks protection over transgender disclosures – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is pushing for protection for staff from criminal sanctions for disclosing information relating to transgender solicitors and other law firm staff.’

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Legal Futures, 20th November 2018

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Lewis Graham: Lady Justices and Dissent on the Court of Appeal of England and Wales – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted November 20th, 2018 in appeals, gender, judgments, judiciary, news, statistics, women by sally

‘Much has been said on the gender imbalance of the senior courts of England and Wales. Since the House of Lords became the Supreme Court in 2009, a total of 22 men have sat as full-time Justices, compared to just three women, all of whom are currently serving. Justifiably, a lot of attention has fallen on Lady Hale, an outspoken exponent of greater judicial diversity and current Court President.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 15th November 2018

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Spark21 conference 2018: David Gauke speech on diversity in the legal profession – Ministry of Justice

‘Lord Chancellor David Gauke spoke at the Spark21 Conference 2018 about nurturing a richer and more representative legal profession.’

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Ministry of Justice, 7th November 2018

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Gender Recognition Act ‘could criminalise innocent staff’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 26th, 2018 in disclosure, employment, gender, news, transgender persons by tracey

‘HR staff trying to help trans people applying for a job may inadvertently commit a criminal offence under the Gender Recognition Act, employment lawyers have told the government, which is considering how trans people can achieve legal recognition more easily.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 24th October 2018

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Watchdog supports end to delay in gender recognition decisions – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2018 in consultations, delay, gender, medical treatment, news, transgender persons by sally

‘The “period of reflection” a person wishing to change gender must observe before obtaining a gender recognition certificate is unnecessary, according to the equality watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 21st October 2018

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‘Shifting sands’: six legal views on the transgender debate – The Guardian

‘Lawyers examine the consequences to the proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act.’

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The Guardian, 19th October 2018

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Gender Recognition Act: ‘Why we want identity rules changed’ – BBC News

‘If you want to legally change your gender in the UK, first a doctor has to diagnose you with a medical condition.’

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BBC News, 17th October 2018

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UK doctors accused of helping couples choose the sex of their babies – The Guardian

Posted October 9th, 2018 in assisted reproduction, doctors, gender, news, sex discrimination by tracey

‘The UK’s fertility regulator has launched an investigation into claims that at least four British doctors are helping couples to choose the sex of their babies.’

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The Guardian, 8th October 2018

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The myth of the she-devil: why we judge female criminals more harshly – The Guardian

Posted October 2nd, 2018 in crime, gender, news, sentencing, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘A man who kills is a murderer, but a woman guilty of violent crime becomes a proxy for all that is evil. Helena Kennedy, who once represented Myra Hindley, asks why.’

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The Guardian, 2nd October 2018

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Workplace gender discrimination remains rife, survey finds – The Guardian

Posted September 13th, 2018 in employment, equal pay, gender, harassment, news, sex discrimination by tracey

‘Gender discrimination in the workplace remains rife, with many young women experiencing sexual harassment, job insecurity and low pay compared with male peers, a survey has found.’

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The Guardian, 13th September 2018

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Speech by Dr Victoria McCloud, Master of the Senior Courts: Rainbow Lives, Monochrome Laws – Reflections on law and identity – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by Dr Victoria McCloud, Master of the Senior Courts: Rainbow Lives, Monochrome Laws – Reflections on law and identity.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 21st August 2018

Women’s Rights and the Proposed Changes to the Gender Recognition Act – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted August 21st, 2018 in consultations, equality, gender, human rights, news, women by sally

‘In this post we use the word women to refer to individuals born as women (also known as ‘natal women’). The current government consultation on proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA) has opened up space for discussions about who defines what it means to be a woman and who controls the boundaries to women’s places of association. Central to those debates are the safety, dignity, and privacy of women using sex-segregated spaces. These are significant matters, which raise complex issues for women, which is why so many feminists are adding their voices to the public debate. These are women who support trans-rights but whose genuine concerns, based on expertise and lived experience, are being silenced by accusations of ‘hate speech’ and ‘transphobia’.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 17th August 2018

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How many transgender inmates are there? – BBC News

Posted August 14th, 2018 in consultations, gender, news, prisons, reports, transgender persons by sally

‘The campaign group Fair Play for Women claimed 41% of transgender women in prison are convicted sex offenders.’

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BBC News, 13th August 2018

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Gender recognition and trans equality – Counsel

Posted August 7th, 2018 in equality, gender, news, transgender persons by sally

‘With trans headlines constantly in the news, Claire McCann examines the law on trans rights and the dangers of misinformed debate.’

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Counsel, August 2018

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Daughters in legal bid for House of Lords seat rights – BBC News

‘Five daughters of hereditary peers are to challenge a law that stops them from being elected to the House of Lords. They are taking the government to the European Court of Human Rights in a bid to end the system of male primogeniture which has resulted in almost all titles being passed to male heirs.’

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BBC News, 16th July 2018

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High Court refuses bid for gender-neutral passports – BBC News

Posted June 22nd, 2018 in gender, news, passports by tracey

‘A campaigner has lost a High Court challenge calling on the government to provide gender-neutral passports.’

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BBC News, 22nd June 2018

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