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‘Talk for a Change’ Programme on Caste Discrimination

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Lords vote in favour of Caste LegsilationThe Government's initiative to run an educational programme to help eradicate caste based prejudice in the UK is highly welcomed. The programme will generate educational material for schools, employers, local authorities, police and other institutions where caste related issues can arise. The Government has taken the right approach to educate what seems to be a small minority of Hindus and Sikhs who still hold onto this cruel form of discrimination against their fellow brothers and sisters.

Diversity of Leadership Seminar

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Diversity of Leadership Seminar

Basildon Council held a roundtable debate on increasing the diversity of leadership in the public sector on 31 March 2011, hosted by CEMVO, at the Civil Service Club

Baroness Verma, Minister for Equality and Women, and Bala Mahendran, the CEO of Basildon Council, chaired a roundtable discussion on the very low level of senior appointments in the public sector for the BME communities as well as women on the whole. The debate was conducted under Chatham House rules and the main points highlighted were:

The Big Society Debate at the House of Commons

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Anil Bhanot OBE, Chairing the Debate at the House of Commons Terraces hosted by CEMVO, introduced Stephen Hammond MP and other eminent speakers - see profiles below - and he set the scene for the debate by his following introductory brief:

The Big Society is about empowering the citizens to govern their own lives by devolving power from central and local Government to the people. It is being hailed as an initiative with ‘people power’ and freedom of choice at its core. The freedom, to make your own choices, and for local decisions to be made locally, many people will see it as liberating. However, we must also consider whether people have the time, the resources and the capabilities to be pro-active and get directly involved in local decisions and initiatives.