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Equalities and identity

Find out more about our topics relating to protected characteristics, attitudes & isms, and societal issues

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Should accent be a protected characteristic?

17th - 24th May 2024

Nine protected characteristics were first introduced in the Equality Act 2010 and they are protected - by law - from discrimination. For this VoteTopic, we asked young people for their thoughts on the possibility of accent becoming the 10th protected characteristic.

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Would you know how to support a friend who came out as trans or non-binary?

15th - 22nd March 2024

In light of the consultation on the DfE’s gender questioning children guidance and the current discussions of trans and non-binary young people in the media, voters explored the concept of allyship last week. They assessed the qualities needed to be an effective ally, and when & where to utilise these.

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Should the gender of your role models matter?

01st - 08th March 2024

In celebration of International Women’s Day on 8th March, voters discussed role models. Across all the lessons, they had the opportunity to discuss the people they look up to, and reflect on whether gender should be a contributing factor when it comes to who influences them.

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Do you learn during history months?

26th January - 02nd February 2024

To coincide with the beginning of LGBT+ History Month, voters explored what they learn during awareness events and why we celebrate them. They also considered whether they might gain a greater understanding of the diversity in our society if they focused on these topics at different points in the year, or in a more consistent way.

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Is technology the answer to improving accessibility?

01st - 08th December 2023

For this VoteTopic, voters celebrated International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPWD), which took place on 3rd December 2023. In the lessons, they considered the ways in which technology can improve accessibility for all, whilst exploring everyday tools found in our homes and communities, as well as future innovations that could improve our lives for the better.

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Does your school do enough to deal with bullying?

10th - 17th November 2023

For this VoteTopic, voters marked Anti-Bullying Week by reflecting on the policies and schemes in place to help tackle bullying, both in school and in the workplace. The theme for this year's Anti-Bullying Week was "Make a Noise About Bullying" and it took place between 13th - 17th November 2023.

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Are Black British women's stories told in our history?

29th September - 06th October 2023

To mark the beginning of Black History Month, voters considered the stories they know about Black British women, in keeping with this year’s theme of “Saluting our Sisters”. All voters considered the question: “Are Black British women’s stories told in our history?”

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Do we view Pride as more of a party than a protest?

23rd - 30th June 2023

To close Pride month 2023, voters reflected on the protesting roots of Pride and how it has evolved into the events we see today. They considered whether its original meaning has been lost amongst the rise of parades, parties and products, and reflected on whether we need to keep the rights of LGBTQ+ people at the forefront of these celebrations.

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Are young people comfortable calling out misogynistic behaviour?

03rd - 10th March 2023

Following the rise in misogyny online and amongst young people, this week's VoteTopic took a closer look at some examples of misogynistic behaviour in action and the potential barriers to calling out friends or peers in these situations.

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Should non-LGBTQ+ people tell LGBTQ+ stories?

17th - 24th February 2023

For LGBT History Month and with WorldPride taking place in Sydney between the 17th February and 5th March, our voters discussed the representation of the LGBTQ+ community in the media. In particular, they explored how and how much their stories are portrayed and the actors and writers who choose to portray them.

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Is progress around BSL happening quickly enough?

25th November - 02nd December 2022

In support of International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPD) on 3rd December, our voters considered the use of British Sign Language to improve accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing community. It is worth noting that many in this community don’t define themselves as having a disability, however laws are in place through the British Equality Act (2010) to ensure their rights are protected. Our voters discussed what progress has already been made around BSL and whether it is enough.

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Do fandoms encourage bullying?

11th-18th November 2022

To mark Anti-Bullying Week, our voters considered the role of fandoms and whether they encourage or discourage negativity, primarily in but not limited to, online spaces. A fandom can be described as a community of fans of a particular person or thing and the rise of social media has strengthened their ability to communicate as a collective. Conversely, our youngest voters discussed the role of the individual in different scenarios and whether it is difficult or not to stand up against bullying.

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Are actions more impactful than words?

30th September - 7th October 2022

To mark Black History Month, our voters explored this year’s theme of “Time for change: actions not words”. They considered the role of words and actions in the context of tackling racism and discussed how significant a part each plays in the fight for equality.

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