The Equality and Human Rights Commission Wants Your Insights

By Hannah Shewan Stevens, Freelance Journalist 24 Aug 2021
Equality, Institutions
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The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have unveiled their proposed strategy for 2022 to 2025 and are calling for people to take part in their consultation on it. 

Established by the Equality Act 2006, the EHRC is Great Britain’s national equality watchdog. Their job is to make Britain fairer by safeguarding and enforcing laws that preserve fairness, dignity and respect. Operating independently as a statutory non-departmental public body, the EHRC can use their unique powers to challenge discrimination, protect human rights and promote equality. 

The EHRC has a duty under the Equality Act 2006 to review and consult on their strategic plan at least once every three years. They are running a public consultation from 16 August until 30 September 2021. 

Through the consultation process, the EHRC want to hear a wide range of views, consider stakeholders’ needs, ensure their work is heading in the right direction, and increase awareness of their work. 

Highlights from the plan include:

  • Addressing inequalities created and exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • Considering the impact artificial intelligence can and will have on equality. 
  • Ensuring fair treatment for children and young people. 
  • Fighting inequalities in health and social care, especially following the pandemic. 
  • Exploring fairness at work, now that more people are working from home. 
  • Helping different groups of people coexist peacefully. 

To have your say, download the proposed strategic plan here and fill in the EHRC’s online survey here.