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6:00 pm

Equality in the New Normal: a fair future or perpetuating inequality?

July 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Equality in the new normal: How do we emerge from COVID-19 without perpetuating or aggravating systemic inequalities? About this Event At the RSA, we believe the Covid-19 challenge can be an opportunity for positive change. We are working on new ideas that can make sure the recovery builds bridges to a better future. During the pandemic, many feel that inequality has not been a prime concern. For many, governments and businesses operating in 'survival mode', have not prioritised diversity and inclusion. Yet, coronavirus has disproportionately impacted BAME communities. Recent data shows that number of deaths of NHS staff have been greater in ethnically diverse communities, and BAME people are 54% more likely to be fined for breaching the lockdown. As we look to the future, it is essential that solutions to the crisis do not perpetuate and aggravate structural inequalities. This July, RSA Fellow Vijay Luthra will lead a panel discussion to explore these inequalities, and discuss where power lies, the data we currently have, and potential interventions. The aim of this discussion is to catalyse the RSA Fellowship and beyond to initiate interventions to understand how we create a new and fair future for BAME communities in the UK. Panel: Vijay Luthra FRSA (chair) Lord Simon Woolley – Founder of Operation Black Vote Perminder Mann – Founder and CEO of Bonnier Books Paul Cleal OBE – Vice-Chair Kingston University, Non-Executive Director Guys & St Thomas Hospital, Sainsburys Foundation Advisory Board, Premier League Equality Standard, Board Member of the National Citizen Service Trust, Founding Partner of Impact X Capital. Sarah Churchman OBE – Chief Inclusion, Community and Wellbeing Officer, PwC This event is taking place during a week-long series of Bridges to the Future Conversations, hosted by the RSA and with our communities of changemakers. At the RSA, we unite people and ideas to resolve the challenges of our time and recognise that crisis can be an opportunity for positive change. As we contend with the Covid-19 crisis, we are bringing people together to unlock ideas and innovation in the areas of society that must thrive, now and in the future. Join our community to help us create real, lasting change: http://thersa.org/bridges-future #RSAbridges

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6:30 pm

Hummus and Human Rights Part 5: The Stress Test – Human Rights & COVID-19

July 1 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Covid-19 has posed an unprecedented test for human rights laws and principles across society and the world. Has the test been passed? About this Event Covid-19 has posed an unprecedented test for human rights laws and principles across society and indeed the world. Has the test been passed or failed? Is the current human rights architecture responding to the unique challenges of COVID-19 around issues of accountability, litigation and in the eyes of the public? How do we ensure that government views human rights as a positive aid in devising new policies? e.g. re-designing social care What is the new space that's needed to allow for real discussion on socio-economic rights so they become more entrenched? The help answer these questions, and many more, we will hear from Adam Wagner an experienced human rights and public lawyer with a strong civil law background. He has acted at all levels including in the Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights. Adam is well-known for his human rights advocacy work. He founded both the multi-award winning human rights charity EachOther and the acclaimed UK Human Rights Blog, and is a sought after legal commentator on social media (@adamwagner1), television and radio. He set up and hosts the Better Human Podcast. In May 2020 Adam was appointed as Specialist Advisor to Parliament’s Covid-19 Human Rights Inquiry

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