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EDF and Research Network members give evidence on Equalities legislation after Brexit

December 15, 2016

Ali Harris, EDF Chief Executive, and Research Network members Professor Anna Lawson from Leeds University, and Professor Sylvia Walby from the University of Lancaster gave evidence to the Women and Equalities Committee on 31 November 2016.

Ali Harris called for mapping of equality, diversity and human rights issues across government on the impact of Brexit.  A clear equality strategy is needed for Britain’s negotiations with the EU, supported by a closer and more structured relationship between government, research and voluntary sectors to take forward equality and human rights issues.

Professor Walby highlighted the joint role of the UK and EU in constructing the UK equalities framework, and emphasised the economy (particularly employment) and gender-based violence as two major areas.  Professor Lawson emphasised the role of the EU in leading the way on recognising discrimination on the basis of disability – as well as associative discrimination on these ground – as well as age discrimination.  The full transcript of the discussion can be found here.

Brexit is going to be a priority policy theme for the EDF in 2017, in recognition of the need to unpack the legal, socio-economic, policy and programming impacts from an equality and human rights perspective.  If you are interested in contributing expertise or research in this area, please contact Ebony Riddell Bamber at

You can view the Women and Equalities Committee session from 9:50:32 onwards or follow the discussion on twitter with #EqualityAfterBrexit.

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