Category Archives: Equality

Emily Davison: Suffragette statue planned for Morpeth

A statue to the suffragette who died after throwing herself in front of King George V’s horse is to be erected.

The memorial to Emily Davison, who died four days after being trampled at the Epsom Derby in 1913, will be placed in Carlisle Park, Morpeth, Northumberland.

Northumberland County Council has pledged £50,000 towards the statue.

It is hoped the monument will be in place by July to coincide with the centenary of women getting the vote.

Before her death Miss Davison was frequently arrested and even imprisoned for her part in demonstrations in support of the Women’s Social and Political Union.  More

Football Association adopts ‘Rooney Rule’ as Martin Glenn outlines 2018 plans

The Football Association will interview at least one applicant from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background for future roles in the England set-up.

English football’s governing body will adopt its own version of the ‘Rooney Rule’ implemented in the NFL in 2003.

Chief executive Martin Glenn said the move showed the “FA is for all”.

“The FA wants to become a more inclusive organisation where the workforce more represents the people who play football today,” Glenn said.

Speaking to BBC Sport, he added: “What it will say is the opportunity to have a career beyond playing is something that the FA is serious about promoting.”  More

Father’s paternity pay rights tested at tribunal

A case that could determine whether firms have to pay fathers on maternity leave the same as women is being heard by the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

The support services firm Capita is appealing against a ruling in June that it failed to give a new father full paternity leave rights.

Madasar Ali, whose wife had post-natal depression, was offered two weeks’ pay, whereas a woman is paid for 14 weeks.

A tribunal ruled Mr Ali, a call centre worker, had been discriminated against.

The BBC’s legal correspondent Clive Coleman says the outcome of the appeal will be binding for similar cases in the future.  More

England rugby women pay deal ‘a revolution’, says coach Simon Middleton From the section Rugby Union Share this page

The decision to give England women’s team match fees for individual games for the first time has been hailed as a “revolution” by coach Simon Middleton.

In July, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) was criticised after it announced it would not be renewing central contracts for the 15-a-side squad.

But on Thursday the RFU said the 35-strong Elite Player Squad would receive an annual fee and a match fee.

“It’s a step towards professionalism in the women’s game,” said Middleton.  More

Clive Sullivan: The man who broke rugby’s racial barrier

It is 45 years since Clive Sullivan led the nation to Rugby League World Cup victory. On the day the 2017 tournament kicks off, BBC News looks at how the first black player to captain a national British sporting team helped break down barriers.

When the 18-year-old Welsh winger joined Hull FC in 1961, there were very few black men in prominent sporting positions.

But scoring a hat-trick in a trial game with the team certainly put Sullivan on the map and he signed a contract the following day.

So began a career that 11 years later, in 1972, would see him raise the Rugby League World Cup trophy as Great Britain captain – the last occasion the trophy was won by any nation other than Australia or New Zealand.  More

100 Women: Do the Olympics have a gender gap?

There were no women athletes at the first modern Olympic Games, in 1896, because its founder, Pierre de Coubertin, thought women were “not cut out to sustain certain shocks”.

More than 100 years later, Reality Check finds that women’s participation in the Summer Olympics has grown, but across the Olympic movement, the gender gap still exists.

Enshrined in the International Olympic Committee (IOC) charter is the commitment to “encourage and support the promotion of women in sport at all levels”.

This would suggest the IOC no longer thinks along the lines of Pierre de Coubertin. But let’s take a closer look – starting with the sportswomen who participate.  More

Christian Cole: Oxford University’s first black student

In a salute to a “remarkable” man, the University of Oxford has paid tribute to its first black student. But who was Christian Cole and what was life like for him at a time when being black at the university wasn’t merely unusual, but remarkable?

Cole was always likely to turn heads when he arrived in Oxford to read classics.

It was 1873 and he was a 21-year-old black man from Waterloo, Sierra Leone, studying alongside young men from the elite families of Victorian England (His arrival pre-dated the institution of the university’s first women’s college by six years.).  More

Female referees Joy Neville and Alhambra Nievas to officiate men’s internationals

Alhambra Nievas and Joy Neville will both take charge of men’s international matches this year, becoming the first women referees in Europe to do so.

Spain’s Nievas will officiate Finland v Norway in the Conference 2 division on 14 October.

Neville will take charge of Norway’s match against Denmark two weeks later.

The former Ireland captain and Six Nations Grand Slam winner refereed the Women’s Rugby World Cup final between New Zealand and England in the summer.  More