Equalities Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the Equality Act?
A. The Equality Act received Royal Assent on 8th April 2010, and brings together nine separate pieces of legislation into one single Act. The Act protects people from discrimination on the basis of "protected characteristics". The Equality Act covers the same groups that were protected by existing equality legislation - age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity, but extends some protections to groups not previously covered.
Q. What is the current ethnic minority population in Birmingham?
A. Information relating to the breakdown of Birmingham's Ethnic Population can found under the Community pages. Breakdowns by ward can be found on our Ward Information pages. (see also http://www.statistics.gov.uk)
Q. Where can I find important religious dates?
A. A Cultural Calendar for Birmingham can be viewed on the pages relating to Community under Culture.
Q. Where can I obtain a listing of religious buildings such as Churches, Mosques or Temples?
A. Many of Birmingham's places of worship can be found Here. Birmingham Voluntary Services Council (BVSC) also has an online database which lists most of the organisations in Birmingham. (see also http://www.bvsc.org)
Q. What are the main languages in use across Birmingham?
A. There are over 20 recognised languages in use in Birmingham (now including British Sign Language). More information on languages can be found at the Brasshouse Translation, Interpreting and Accessible Information Services who provide advice and information on community languages in Birmingham.
Q. What is International Women Day?
A. International Women's Day or IWD (8 March) is an occasion marked by women's groups around the world. This date is also commemorated by the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday.
Q. What is International Day of Persons with Disabilities?
A. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed that 3 December be observed every year as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The Day was initially proclaimed to commemorate the anniversary of the General Assembly's adoption of the World Programme of Action concerning Persons with Disabilities to promote understanding about disability issues and to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of disabled persons in every aspect of political, social economic and cultural life.
Q. What is Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month?
A. Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month takes place every year in February. It celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. For further information click here. You can also read testimonials of community groups and organisations supportive of History Month.
Q. What is the Pink Shield?
A. The Pink Shield is the name given to a project that related to research investigating the needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender community. The project is co-ordinated by West Midlands Police and the Pink Shield for more information.
Q. How can I hire someone who knows British Sign Language (BSL)?
A. The Birmingham Institute for the Deaf (BID) operate a signer service. A charge is usually associated with this service. (see http://www.bid.org.uk)
Q. What is Hate Crime?
A. A hate crime is a crime in which the perpetrator's conduct is motivated, in whole or in part, by hatred, bias, or prejudice, based upon the actual or perceived race, colour, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation of another individual or group.
Examples of hate crimes, include assault or attempted assault with a weapon, assault or attempted assault without a weapon, sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, vandalism, harassment, sexual harassment, threats, intimidation, name calling, graffiti, phone harassment and text harassment.
The City Council believes that domestic violence, racial or religious harassment, homophobic abuse/crime and elder abuse are all hate crimes and should not be tolerated.
Q. What can I do if I am a victim of a Hate Crime?
A. A Hate Crime is any criminal act committed against a person or property that is motivated by the offender hatred of people because of their sex, race, religion, disability or sexual orientation. The City Council works with a number of agencies to help support victims of hate crime. Homophobic, disability, domestic violence, racial and religious incidents should be reported in the first instance to your local Police station or by simply calling 999. You may also report a Hate Crime directly to the City Council in confidence. Reporting centres are also available.
Q. Where can I find information relating to Birmingham and Census 2001?
A. Information relating to the outputs from Census 2011 can be found under 'Community'.
Q. Where can I obtain a copy of the City Councils Equal Opportunities Policy?
A. The policy can be found on the pages relating to Jobs within the City Council.
Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)