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Key inequalities in education

Key inequalities in education

Many children in Northern Ireland continue to experience persistent inequalities in education. A new assessment published by the Equality Commission highlights the experiences of people in education and key inequalities across equality grounds including: ethnicity, disability and gender, among others. These key inequalities are lifelong and impact upon the whole education journey.

Our draft statement highlights areas where there are educational challenges and how these impact on children. Read more >
Programme for Government

Programme for Government

The Equality Commission has set out its priority issues and recommendations that it wishes to see advanced through the Executive’s Programme for Government (PfG) and Budget.

We welcome and strongly support the Executive’s proposed focus on achieving outcomes; specifically given the potential that this offers to advance equality of opportunity for those who live with and experience inequalities and the absence of good relations.  Read more >


Northern Ireland 'Parallel' Jurisdictional Report

The Independent Mechanism for Northern Ireland (IMNI) have produced a working paper, containing Northern Ireland specific detail.  This paper will raise awareness of key issues in Northern Ireland and drive action by Government and others to address identified shortfall, thereby advancing the full implementation of the UNCRPD in Northern Ireland.

Download the NI 'Parallel' Jurisdictional Report Working Paper' (Jul 2014) and read more about our 2014 research (summary report) and 2014 research (full report) undertaken by Queen's University of Belfast to identify shortfalls in public policy and programme in Northern Ireland.
Racial equality

Racial equality

The Equality Commission, in its race equality policy paper, highlights the need to combat prejudicial attitudes and to develop robust and reliable statistical information to better target and monitor key policies and actions. Read more >

There is an urgent need for legislative reform to strengthen the rights of individuals in NI against racial discrimination and harassment and ensure, at minimum, the law here keeps pace with legislative developments in GB.

The Commission recently made a submission to the UN Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (UNCERD) in Geneva. Download our Shadow Report (pdf) and learn more about our work on UNCERD

Programme for Government & Budget

The Equality Commission has set out its recommendations in relation to the next Programme for Government and Budget of the NI Executive. Read our key point briefing (pdf) or our recommendations in full (pdf)

Our Legal Work
See how we decide to which cases to support, how we review the law and how we carry out investigations. More>

International Mechanisms
How we use international bodies to support our work. More>


Section 75 and Formal Investigations

Learn more about our:

  • Section 75 investigation procedure
  • formal investigations, and
  • completed investigations.

New investigation
The Commission conducted a formal investigation into the treatment of pregnant workers & mothers in NI workplaces. More>

Policy & Research

Brexit: Our recommendations
Protecting and advancing equality and good relations as UK exits EU. More>

Housing and Communities
See our statement on key inequalities in housing and communities in NI and our draft policy recommendations

Key Inequalities in Education
New draft statement highlighting educational challenges in Northern Ireland.

Gaps in equality law - NI / GB 
Learn more about the widening gaps between equality law here and elsewhere in the UK. More >