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Posts by Dawid Prokop:
Brexit? What does it mean?
It simply means Britain leaving the European Union.
What is the European Union?
The European Union is an economical and political partnership in which it involves 28 countries. It allows for goods to be globalised and 19 of the countries use the EU’s currency which is the euro. They also create rules to better the environment, consumer rights and transport.
Why are we leaving the EU?
Voting that took place on the 23rd of June 2016 was done to decide whether the UK should leave the EU or not.
When is the UK meant to leave the EU?
As stated in the Lisbon Treaty in Article 50 that two sides are given two years to come to an agreement and discuss the terms about leaving and power. This process started on the 29th March 2017 by Theresa May which suggests that the UK is designated to leave on Friday 29th March 2019. The UK if felt needed can stop the process, however the process can also be extended if all 28 countries of the EU are in agreement.
Is this really happening?
Well the United Kingdom is designated to leave the European Union on 29th March 2019 regardless if there is a pact or not. If Brexit was to stop then it would lead to a change in the British law. The European Court Of Justice governed on the 10th December 2018 that the UK could cancel the Brexit process under Article 50 without the need of permission from the other 27 countries and still stay as a member of the EU with existing terms, Under circumstances that it was done under a ‘democratic process’.
Could it be delayed?
Article 50 could be extended if the EU agreed to it, if they were under the impression that the UK might end up staying in the EU, which could then lead to another referendum. Although the UK’s opposition party to the Conservatives is Labour which want to have a general election and if they were to win they would go to Brussels and arrange their own version of Brexit but if they can’t get a general election they will push for a referendum.
So where are we now?
There has been an agreed Brexit deal, and there is a 585 page withdrawal agreement, which includes looking at the long term relationship between the UK and the EU which will encompass trade, security and defence.
Mental Health is a very broad spectrum as there are many types and varieties of mental health disorders such as: Anxiety, Anger, Bipolar Disorder, Body Dysmorphia alongside Anorexia and Bulimia, Depression, Stress, Personality Disorders, Loneliness, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Schizophrenia and many other illnesses involving mental health.
Anyone whether they are young or old, child or adult, different culture or ethnicity mental health affects us all and the stigma around mental health needs to tackled and changed so that everyone with mental health issues are supported and appreciated within society.
Mental Health issues can arise at any point in an individuals life such as when the loose or get a new job, having children, starting education and during education, loss of a relative and various other situations that may be stressful or life changing. It’s because of this change our emotions and mental health may deteriorate. This is where it becomes essential for support and community groups as well as professional bodies to help those individuals. Whether it’s having a chat or providing coping strategies its important for everyone to ensure their mental health is good.
In recent months is has become apparent that more people are suffering from mental health complications and there is a lack of services to support them. Therefore, the movement to reduce the stigma around mental health has become paramount and a world wide movement. Rights and Equality’s volunteers have come up with the project Young To Young which encompasses the idea of mental health in adolescent and young people, they have applied for funding for this project as the volunteers believe that it is a necessary and prevalent area that needs to be tackled.
NEW THINKING. NEW MENTAL HEALTH
The House of Commons Women and the Equalities Committee stated that there is ‘routine and sometimes relentless‘ harassment on girls and women this can happen in parks, on the street, in public buildings, on public transport, in bars and clubs as well as universities and online. This is why they have made it paramount that the issue needs to be tackled and treated very seriously with great intent of providing a comprehensive programme to make all social spaces safe for women.
The committee hope for:
- Long term publicity campaigns to tackle the attitudes which underpin sexual harassment.
- A new law to criminalise the act or sharing of non-consensual sexual images.
- Investment in research and action to address the harm caused by pornography, along the lines of public health efforts to reduce legal but harmful activities activities.
- New requirements for rail operators to tackle sexual harassment on trains, as well as action to block the use of mobile phones to view pornography on public transport.
- Changes in licensing laws to require bars and clubs to take action to prevent harassment and require councils to consult women’s groups before allowing some clubs to open.
- New legal obligations on universities to outlaw sexual harassment.
Here at Rights & Equality Sandwell we are working in partnership with Black Country Women’s aid, you can contact them on
email@example.com and visit their website here at https://blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk/contact/
Hate crime is a crime motivated on the basis of prejudice actions which occurs when a perpetrator targets a victim based on their disability, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age and religion. This can include verbal, physical, cyber, financial and emotional abuse, offences against property such as arson or graffiti ect.
The Law Commission which is an independent body that was set up by Parliament by the Law Commissions Act 1965 to keep the Law of England and Wales under review and to recommend reforms for the future, began its review of hate crime following a campaign by the Labour MP Stella Creasy. It was recognised that misogny and misandry should be taken into consideration when looking at hate crimes and the seriousness of them as well.
It was also made apparent that hate crime overall has increased as last year the number of hate crimes in England and Wales was at 83,000 and it has increased to 94,098 in 2018.
There are going to be steps made to increase the reduction of hate crime such as:
Charity staff trained to spot hate crimes
Defiant selfie of hate crime victim
RES has employed an FGM Development Worker to work with communities that are affected by the practice of FGM.
Over the next 2 months will be focussing on:
- A scoping activity to identify the demography of where practicing communities reside in Sandwell.
- Setting up coffee mornings and to engage with affected communities.
The government published its White Paper presenting the future relationship the UK wants to see with the EU.
Document is available in French, Bulgarian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Polish, Welsh, Czech, Croatian, Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene and Spanish.
On 20th June RES took part in One World Event organised by Sandwell College. Its main aim was to celebrate cultural diversity of college learners and staff- something we embrace and relate to. It was great to see so many students and their teachers coming together, sharing their incredible talents, showing culture and traditions alongside delicious food and vibrant music.
The event was hosted by Shaida Bibi- Community Coordinator from Birmingham City Council who had the honour of introducing some special guest speakers. We had the opportunity to listen to some heart-breaking but at the same time uplifting and inspirational stories from Mindu Hornick- Holocaust Survivor and Ahmad Nawaz- survivor of Taliban attack.
As participants and guests, we thoroughly enjoyed the day at the college and were happy to assist students with their enquires about Hate Crime, Equality Act and share possibilities of volunteering with us.