EOC folds. Bad news/good news?

News here that the Equal Opportunities Commission, in the UK, is folding, to be absorbed by the Commission for Equality and Human Rights.

Some find this cause for concern: statistics indicating the extent to which discrimination and various gender ‘gaps’ remain rife leading to worries that the all purpose equality body will give insufficient attention to addressing specifically gendered inequalities.

On the other hand, the attitude expressed here is more optimistic. In particular:

‘The hope in the EOC is that, with a man heading up the new equality body, there will be more credence given to the idea that the agenda of equal opportunities is as much to do with men as women…  For too long gender equality has been seen as women’s special pleading’.

(Thoughts echoed in recent post and comments here)

2 thoughts on “EOC folds. Bad news/good news?

  1. It is genuinely really hard to tell what this comes to. Are there budget cuts? Changes in priorities? Key personnel hired or fired? The articles don’t say. They don’t even say what the official motivation is for the change. I can imagine good ones, like recognising that various forms of discrimination are intertwined and need to be tackled as such (see intersectionality literature). I can also imagine bad ones, like an effort to “streamline” in order to save money.

  2. Here’s another critical voice on the fold:


    More info: here’s the website for the EOC
    I’ve looked at it a number of times before, but never once noticed, til now, the annoying blue/pink colour scheme. never mind that, though. Here’s the webpage for the new body:

    And here’s the explanation given there for the move to a single equality body:

    ‘A single commission will have many benefits, including:

    *bringing together equality experts and act as a single source of information and advice – instead of the current separate organisations
    *being a single point of contact for individuals, businesses and the voluntary and public sectors
    *helping businesses by promoting awareness of equality issues, which may prevent costly court and tribunal cases
    *tackling discrimination on multiple levels – some people may face more than one type of discrimination
    *giving older people a powerful national body to tackle age discrimination’
    (see http://www.cehr.org.uk/content/purpose.rhtm)

    A much more detailed setting out of the proposals set out in the Equality Act 2006, – motivations, purposes etc – can be found here:

    Click to access ukpga_20060003_en.pdf

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