A series of webinars organised by the Equality Coalition, the Transitional Justice Institute, and the Human Rights Consortium designed to start important conversations about the human rights implications of the pandemic for people in Northern Ireland. All events will take place on Zoom.
The Right to Childcare – Thursday 6 August, 10am
The Executive has indicated that childcare is a critical priority as we exit lockdown. This webinar will examine provision of childcare in Northern Ireland; the rights issues involved; the pre-existing difficulties in accessing appropriate, affordable, flexible childcare; and the specific pressures added by the pandemic. Speakers include: Aoife Hamilton (Employers For Childcare), Louise Coyle (Northern Ireland Rural Women’s Network), Louise Neeson (Parent)
Domestic Abuse: When Home is Not a Safe Space – Thursday 13 August, 10am
Before Covid-19 hit, domestic incidents in Northern Ireland were at a 15 year high. The situation has worsened since the enforcement of lockdown. This webinar will look at the spiralling problem of domestic abuse in NI and consider how legislation – and other measures – can begin to remedy it. Speakers include: Edel Fox (Omagh Women’s Aid), Trása Canavan (Barnardo’s), Kendall Basquet (Migrant Centre NI)
Black Lives Matter: Protest and Pandemic – Thursday 20 August, 10am
Evidence is mounting that Covid-19 is disproportionately affecting people from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) Communities. At the same time the unjust killing of George Floyd, which was driven by deeply engrained racial prejudice, has sparked protests all over the world, including here in Northern Ireland. Despite putting in place social distancing protocol, protestors in NI were targeted with police fines. This policing is currently the subject of an investigation by the Ombudsman. This webinar will discuss this double-edged sword and will seek to give BAME community leaders a platform to lead on these important conversations. Speakers include: Dr James Uhomoibhi (Ulster University). Others still tbc.
The Equality Coalition is co-convened by CAJ and UNISON.