Friday 17 June 2016

Inequalities conference

The Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities and the director of football’s equality and inclusion organisation will join a host of influential speakers for a high-profile conference at the University of Northampton.

Kate Green MP and Kick It Out’s Roisin Wood will give keynote speeches at The Approaches to Inequalities Conference, which takes place on Wednesday 22 June.

The event will shine the spotlight on legal perspectives on equality, and inequality in sport, conflict, healthcare, education and the Criminal Justice System.

Speakers will include representatives from Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading independent race equality think tank, Northamptonshire Police, Prison Reform Trust and academics from the University.

Conference organiser, Dr Melanie Crofts, said: “We are extremely pleased and privileged to be welcoming Kate Green MP, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, and Roisin Wood, Director of Kick it Out, to the University as our conference keynotes.

“We also have a great panel lined up to discuss inequalities in the Criminal Justice System.

“With the tragic events in Orlando targeted at the LGBTQI community and the senseless murder of pro-refugee campaigner and champion for equality and anti-racism, Jo Cox MP, it is a sad and timely reminder that we live in a world, and country, where minority groups continue to be demonised, discriminated against and marginalised.

“Inequalities are still rife and the consequences of discrimination, scapegoating of the ‘other’ and discourses which encourage fear and hatred lead to the terrible events we have seen lately.

“However, I hope that this conference is an opportunity to discuss issues of inequalities and discrimination, and will also provide positive and constructive debate around ways to address these and highlight the need to promote understanding and equality.

“This will be appropriately demonstrated in the reception following the conference, hosted by the Office of the Vice Chancellor, which will promote the work of the Council for At Risk Academics (CARA), which provides support and assistance for academics working in war zones and those fleeing wars and persecution.”

To view the full programme, and to register your attendance, visit the event website page.

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