[/ The British Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) releases two reports, one featuring recommendations for action against disability related harassment and the other exploring the impact of commissioning and funding on women-only services. /]
This newly published report is the follow up report to the Disability Harassment Inquiry which highlights the need for authorities to take further steps to ensure harassment of disabled people is taken seriously.
This “Manifesto for change” sets out the EHRC’s revised recommendations for action over the next five years. These have been developed following consultation with a large number of government, national and local bodies. The report includes a summary of agencies’ responses to the inquiry recommendations and the key commitments and actions of agencies by sector. It finalises the recommendations in 7 strategic areas which, taken together, should see significant improvements in responses to disability related harassment.
As Britain’s National Human Rights Institution, the EHRC has a duty to monitor and report on implementation of UN treaties, among others The United Nations’ Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
The CEDAW Committee recognises the importance of appropriate services for women and, following the last UK examination in 2008, expressed concern that specialised women-only services may be jeopardised by a shift to larger, more generic service providers. In England there has been a devolution from central to local government of decision making about resource allocation and the commissioning of services. The EHRC decided that research would be helpful to monitor developments and clarify the issues.
The objective of this study was to explore whether the introduction of commissioning procedures and funding cuts were having a disadvantageous affect on the provision of women-only services.