Get Involved May-Sept 2022

If yes, we would love to get you involved in our Celebrating Equality project May-September 2022.

You can take part in a number of ways:

  1. Celebrate your success – Share your voice – tell us about your Inclusion stories
  2. Be an ambassador – Network with you friends, family and colleagues to share the importance of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  3. Run an event – during September – and join us on the steps of the Royal Court, Wednesday 28th September, 8-9:30am

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Share your stories

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Be an Ambassador

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Run an event

Why do we need your support?

Guernsey is one of the last places in the world to protect its community from Discrimination. On 28th September 2022, the discrimination legislation is due to go back to the States for approval. There is still some push back from some areas of the community, so it’s important for them to see how important EDI is to you and your members, teams etc. We need to hear your voices, celebrate the successes and bring that together as a month long celebration in September 2022.

About the Discrimination Legislation (Ordinance) proposals

We understand that there is a lot of information about the discrimination legislation and people may have questions about the proposals that were passed. To get informed we have listed several resources for you below and are always free to meet for coffee to answer any questions.

We are now in 2022, and have been waiting for protection from discrimination for over 50 years for race, 18 years for women and 8 for disability and carers.

The first consultation (Strawman) was Nov 2018, followed by the draft policy proposals and consultation July 2019. The proposals were fundamentally changed after the consultation. You can find out more about the changes on the GDA website here

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November 2021

It was disappointing that the States of Guernsey voted not to protect the ground of secular belief in the new discrimination legislation. The grounds of Religious belief and Sexual Orientation were passed and prioritised into Phase 1.

Next Steps 

In September 2022, the ordinance will be laid before the States for approval. This is an important time to show your support for equality in the run up to the meeting and on the steps on the day of the vote. Save the Date – 28th September 8am-9:30am.

Resources

We have put together some resources that will hopefully help you understand the need for legislation.

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Equality and Rights Organisation for Guernsey

In 2013 the States approved, in principle, the establishment of an Equality and Rights Organisation (ERO) subject to the development and approval of a business plan, and having funding and prioritisation in place.

Unfortunately in March 2020, due to the pressures of resources (funding) and the prioritisation of views, plans for an Independent ERO were scrapped. The revised body is called:

The Employment and Equality Opportunities Service (EEOS) 

  • The existing Employment Relations Service will be developed into an Employment and Equal Opportunities Service.
  • The EEOS will offer free advice and pre-complaint conciliation to try to help people to resolve issues before a formal complaint is registered. Find out more here

What are human rights?

Human rights are based on the principle of respect for the individual. Their fundamental assumption is that each person is a moral and rational being who deserves to be treated with dignity. They are called human rights because they are universal. Whereas nations or specialised groups enjoy specific rights that apply only to them, human rights apply to everyone.

Human Rights