Equality and Human Rights Commission

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) was set up by the Equality Act 2006, replacing the Commission for Racial Equality, Disability Rights Commission, and Equal Opportunities Commission.

The EHRC's remit, widened by the Equality Act 2010 is to "promote and monitor human rights; and to protect, enforce and promote equality across the nine "protected" grounds - age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation and gender reassignment."

The Commission is headed by a board of Commissioners, including Evelyn Asante-Mensah[1]. The chair in 2021 was Baroness Kishwer Falkner.

In 2021 The Equality and Human Rights Commission left Stonewall’s Diversity Champions scheme. Baroness Kishwer Falkner, Chair of the Commission, revealed the decision in a letter to the campaigning group Sex Matters. Baroness Falkner said “As a publicly funded organisation we have to ensure that we are making the best choices when it comes to our budget and have recently been reviewing all of our memberships. We wrote to Stonewall in March to let them know that we would not be renewing our membership, and this has now expired” [2].

Previous commissioners have included Angela Mason and Ben Summerskill.

The EHRC have suffered from on line misinformation concerning trans issues [3].

External links


  1. http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/about-us/the-commissioners/
  2. https://lesbianandgaynews.com/2021/05/equality-and-human-rights-commission-quits-stonewalls-diversity-champions-scheme/
  3. Response to misinformation about single-sex spaces guidance 11 February 2022 https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/our-work/news/response-misinformation-about-single-sex-spaces-guidance.