At Equally Ours, we as a network are committed to working together with compassion to tackle the increasing challenges to equality and human rights. With the global outbreak of Covid-19, the novel coronavirus, those challenges have become yet more serious and complex.
Together with our policy and research networks and the wider voluntary sector, we are working to highlight the equality and human rights impacts of the coronavirus. We can provide essential intelligence about the issues and problems that people and communities are facing due to the virus, and help to find compassionate solutions.
What are Equally Ours doing in response to Covid-19?
We at Equally Ours will be focusing on:
- Putting forward to government and policymakers issues and recommendations that the people and communities we work with and for need them to act on in their response to the virus; and bringing our members and wider networks together to contribute to the response where a joint approach makes a difference.
- Continuing our planned policy influencing and capacity-building work where possible, using digital instead of face-to-face delivery models.
- Helping our network, the voluntary sector and policymakers stay up to date with developments. We will be adding to this page regularly so that policymakers can access Covid-19 related equality and human rights information all in one place. And if you haven’t already, sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Twitter @equallyours.
In our initial policy response to the Covid-19 emergency, supported by many of our members, we are calling on the government to take action in two key areas, and offering our support to make it happen. The first of these is to design equality and human rights in to plans to help people withstand the impact of the virus. The second is to make sure that new emergency powers brought in to manage the virus are in line with human rights standards.
Expertise and action from across our networks
- Action on Hearing Loss: Coronavirus information
- Age UK: A message from our CEO
- Age UK, Independent Age, Anchor Hanover, Commissioner for Older People in Wales, Age Cymru, Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland, Care Scotland, Age Northern Ireland, Age Scotland: Treatment rights of older people during this pandemic
- Amnesty International UK: Coronavirus – the effect on human rights
- British Institute of Human Rights: Human rights implications of the Coronavirus Bill
- Child Poverty Action Group: Supporting families during the Covid-19 pandemic
- Citizens Advice: Helping people through the Covid-19 pandemic
- Disability Rights UK: Disability Rights UK CEO writes to Disability and Care Ministers
- End Violence Against Women coalition: Joint statement from VAWG sector on Covid-19
- Equality and Human Rights Commission: Human rights and equality considerations in responding to the coronavirus pandemic
- Fawcett Society: Coronavirus – campaigning for women’s visibility in UK response
- Friends Families and Travellers: Covid-19 and guidance for supporting people living on traveller sites, unauthorised encampments and canal boats
- Inclusion London: Coronavirus Bill could leave thousands of Disabled people without support
- Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants: Covid-19: Briefing to the Home Affairs Committee (pdf)
- Joseph Rowntree Foundation: Coronavirus update from JRF
- Law Centres Network: Statement on law centres’ response to the Covid-19 pandemic
- The Law Society: Law Society president’s statement on coronavirus (Covid-19)
- LGBT Consortium: Coronavirus updates
- Liberty: Coronavirus Bill – Liberty responds to ‘drastic reimagining of state powers’
- Maternity Action: Coronavirus (Covid-19) and rights at work during pregnancy
- Maternity Action: Letter to Rishi Sunak – End unfair treatment of pregnant women and new mothers in Covid support schemes
- Mind: Mind responds to changes to the Mental Health Act in emergency Covid-19 legislation
- National Aids Trust: HIV and coronavirus (Covid-19)
- Refugee Council: Response to the Covid-19 emergency
- Royal National Institute of the Blind: Covid-19 – five ways RNIB services can help
- Runnymede Trust: Coronavirus will increase race inequalities
- Scottish Human Rights Commission: Briefing – Covid-19 emergency legislation Scotland (docx)
- Stonewall: Covid-19 – how LGBT-inclusive organisations can help
- Scope: Scope response to coronavirus crisis
- Trades Union Congress: Protecting workers’ jobs and livelihoods
- Traveller Movement: The needs and rights of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities
- Unison: Covid-19 school closures
- Women’s Budget Group: Covid-19 – gender and other equality issues
- Women’s Resource Centre: An open letter to the Prime Minister
- Young Women’s Trust: A statement from Young Women’s Trust in response to the coronavirus
Are you an Equally Ours policy or research network member, associate or observer with guidance or policy recommendations published in response to the coronavirus? Send them to us here.