Equality Guernsey is a well-established consortium of local third sector organisations and individuals united by a shared vision to develop a “rights based” culture in Guernsey.

The inclusive and collaborative ethos of Equality Guernsey ensures that a wide range of interest groups, charities and sector leaders are aware of the progress of the equality agenda in Guernsey.

The group was originally mobilised to support the development of the Equality Rights Organisation (ERO) and aimed to both inform and appreciatively challenge the Committee for Employment and Social Security (ESS) in the successful development of the new discrimination legislation.

Early 2019 The Equality Working Group (EWG) was renamed Equality Guernsey and ran a series of sell out events and the islands first Equality Conference to raise awareness of Equality and Human Rights locally. You can view the many of the materials used in our Resources section.

In March 2020, due to pressure from Business Groups, some island leaders and States committees, the core work on the Equality Body was watered down significantly so the current proposals are unable to fulfil their goal – Promote, Protect and Monitor.

The debate on ESS proposals was due April 2020 but were delayed due to COVID-19 the current date for the debate is 15th July 2020.

To contact the team for more information please email hello@equality.gg

Karen Blanchford

Founder

Karen returned home to Guernsey in 2014 after spending much of her working life in Europe, Australasia and North America. Having a young family Karen chose to give up consulting (lots of travel) and started a new life in the 3rd sector, firstly with the Disability Alliance. Whilst working and volunteering in the sector she felt a need to pull together a wider group of like minded people on the topics of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and in 2016 formed the Equality Working Group. It’s first role being to provide input into the Government and Disability & Inclusion Strategy board on broader equality issues, findings and guidance, with specific reference to the Equality Rights Organisation (ERO).

Karen is currently We All Matter, Eh? projects director and can be contacted on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIN.

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Ellie Jones

Liberate

Having a coherent voice for equality in the Bailiwick is very important and the EWG creates this voice.
We all have an identity that means that we may be treated differently for some reason – whether we realise that or not. And we have a moral duty to protect people who are more vulnerable than ourselves from discrimination. And, thats why I (and Liberate) are involved in the EWG.
Personally I would love to see people changing their views and perception towards LGBTQ+ people, in particular for people to take the time to understand the Trans community more. It would be an amazing achievement if we could all be more accepting of people who are different to ourselves and we can only do this by listening to each other and engaging with each other.
Liberate support the LGBTQ+ community, their family and friends, we campaign to to update laws to be LGBTQ inclusive,  we inform people of LGBTQ+ issues, and hold inclusive events to create an open dialogue with regards to these issues.
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Lorraine Barker

Equality Guernsey

I am excited about this opportunity to be part of a highly motivated group of individuals who are working in the community to promote the equality agenda here in Guernsey.

For me this work is about treating everyone with dignity and respect and empowering people to challenge the status quo to improve their lives.

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Carol Le Page

Equality Guernsey

Carol was brought up and educated in Guernsey at St Martin’s School and the Grammar School for Girls. She came back to Guernsey having studied in London to work in the States graduate trainee scheme. Carol stayed in the States for a further 28 years mainly working in Departments relating to social policy, including Social Security, Health and Social Care and the Policy Council. Carol has worked on the States equality and rights agenda including the disability and inclusion strategy, supported living and ageing well, same sex marriage, and other projects. Carol is currently working for a charity helping victims of domestic abuse.

Carol joined the Equality Working Group as she wants to help move forward the equality and rights agenda in the Bailiwick and sees this as an exciting and positive way to achieve this.

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Alysa Martel

Carers Guernsey

I would be pleased to contribute in whatever way I can to promote the equality agenda. I feel passionately that everyone should be treated with fairness, dignity and respect, with no exceptions. For me, it is about raising awareness and empowering any of us to challenge the everyday injustices that make people feel insignificant and isolated: being ignored, talked over, avoided, patronised; the institutional red tape, budget and process driven systems unable to respond to human problems and that make it difficult to access help, or sometimes foster outright bullying and discrimination. We can be so much stronger together, coordinating effort to change cultures and challenge inequality in any guise: and challenging ourselves not to be a bystander when we see injustice in action.

Carers Guernsey is a registered charity with a mission to make life better for people caring for someone with a disability, illness, addiction or mental health issue in the Bailiwick by providing emotional and practical support and expert advice and information.

www.carers.gg

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Sebastian Graça da Silva

Youth Voice

Sebastian moved to Guernsey in the summer of 2019 after living in Asia and Africa for the best part of a decade. Growing up between Portugal and the UK Sebastian comes from a mixed family having an early introduction to the challenges of intercultural communication.

His passion for inclusion and equality was further developed at university when he was invited to teach on the Black perspective’s module for his course. A passion that would result in him taking on a masters where his focus was on equality, conducting an in-depth study into methods of reducing prejudice.

Sebastian has a background in training, international development and youth work and has worked for large international organisations such as the British Council and VSO where he focused on the international dimension of education and inclusion.

Currently, Sebastian works for the Youth Commission on their voice team, where his work focuses on the inclusion of young people’s voice in the areas that affect their lives.

In his personal life he is a passionate traveller having visited almost 100 countries.

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Jeanette Bales

Abolitionist Guernsey

Working in the UK, representing and advising many marginalised groups, Ive come to understand why rights matter to us all – not just those who might be described as vulnerable. Here in our island community, every single person has the potential to make a real difference to island life but we are stronger together. Everyone has the unassailable right to be treated with dignity and respect. And for me the old Guernsey way has always been one of compassion and kindness and respect to others – attributes we should all treasure.
 
Abolitionist Guernsey is a registered charity raising awareness about contemporary forms of slavery and human trafficking. It is currently running the OneIslandOneVillage campaign which will bring a village in debt-bondage slavery in India to Freedom. It also  offers training to island professionals on how to spot the signs of slavery and is currently working with other third sector and statutory organisations on identifying any possible problems of labour exploitation and trafficking in Guernsey

www.abolitionist.org.gg

E: info@abolitionist.org.gg

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David Inglis

Age Concern Guernsey

David is Chair of Age Concern Guernsey.

Age Concern Guernsey is a Guernsey charity which was founded in 1993 to provide support and social events for older members of the community. The charity organises Four Social Centres in Guernsey, managed by volunteers

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