Equal opportunity

Award-winning actor, writer and director Fraser Ayres founded The TriForce Creative Network in 2003 to promote equal opportunity in the entertainment industry. In a report launched by Creative Diversity Network they found that the television industry faced challenges off-screen with only 2% of TV Writers, 3% Executives and 5% of Series Producers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. The film and television veteran says that for equitable change the industry needs fresh blood and opportunity.
Throughout the mid-20th century, groups of women around the world were fighting for change. In what came to form the Women’s Liberation Movement, women united to demand equal pay, equal opportunities, and free contraception, abortion and childcare. These demands were read out at the first ever National Women’s Conference in 1970. We spoke to Juliet Mitchell, one of the organisers of the conference, to hear what it was like to be part of a pivotal moment of women’s history.
Decisions like this say that religious faith is more important than civil rights and equal treatment
To achieve this change we need to consider the obstacles faced in doing so. I feel they are time and money, as many friends, colleagues and those on the doorstep often said to me. To mount a political campaign is no easy task and requires a lot of planning and effort, and therefore time and money.
A recent headline in the Guardian: "Privately educated elite continues to take top jobs..." I read this story recently and
Those of us who work closely with the statistics know this is simplistic. The Equality and Human Rights Commission and others have acknowledged that young women's academic attainment is not translating into better opportunities in the workplace.
So let's return to that young girl in the art gallery for I believe she can, symbolically speaking, help guide us through this tangled maze. Certainly, she provides us with our first important clue, about the many ways that adolescence itself turns so many confident outward- looking girls into anxious and uncertain young women.
The charity sector is taking a bit of a battering at the moment, not least in relation to polarised arguments about pay, but also a lack of professional recognition and poor career paths that can often be criticised for not supporting talent.
The country's largest local authority may face a bill of £757 million to settle a string of equal pay claims, including a