From the persecution of Jewish people in 12th Century England to society's attitude towards people with HIV and AIDS in 2002, prejudice, stigma and the 'fear of the unknown' have always been with us, playing a central role in dividing people, cultures and races. This factsheet looks at what makes us prejudiced and how we can challenge it.
The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA) was set up as a result of the work undertaken by its predecessor, Advocacy 2000, a three-year project set up to look at the needs of the Advocacy Movement in Scotland, and how these could be supported in the future. The SIAA is devoted to the promotion, support and defence of Independent Advocacy in Scotland. It is a membership organisation that has the overall aim of ensuring that Independent advocacy is available to any vulnerable person in Scotland.
The 'see me' campaign was launched in October 2002 to challenge stigma and discrimination around mental ill-health in Scotland. The campaign is run by an alliance of five Scottish mental health organisations: Highland Users Group (HUG); National Schizophrenia Fellowship (Scotland); Penumbra; the Royal College of Psychiatrists (Scottish Division) and the Scottish Association for Mental Health.
This factsheet examines ways to respond effectively to HIV-related stigma and discrimination, and the implementation of a range of strategies that tackle prejudice and protect people's rights.
Mind is a leading mental health charity in England and Wales and has produced information on many areas of mental health. This factsheet defines advocacy and discusses the different kinds of advocacy, who advocacy is for and the situations where it could be applied. Also included is a list of useful organisations and further reading.
Website of Positively Women, a national charity which exists to help and support women living with HIV.
Being poor in the United Kingdom can mean being subjected to discrimination on the grounds of poverty. Both poverty and discrimination are contrary to the spirit and the terms of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Damian Killeen argues that the refusal of successive governments to incorporate the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights into UK law has compounded common social attitudes that denigrate people who experience poverty and that undermine popular support for policies to eradicate poverty.
Mind is a leading mental health charity in England and Wales and has produced information on many areas of mental health. This factsheet is targeted at mental health professionals, journalists and students. However, it is also aims to present mental health statistics in a way which makes the subject accessible to all those who are interested in mental health.
Stigmatisation and discrimination are not new to migrant communities, and the AIDS epidemic has played into and reinforced existing racism and xenophobia. This factsheet looks at the way ethnic and racial groups are often perceived and judged as a group, rather than as individuals. They are stereotyped as being 'aggressive', 'unqualified', 'uneducated', or 'criminal'. There is abundant evidence to refute each of these stereotypes.
The literature review sought to identify relevant findings, evidence and discussion in the literature on GRT pupils and their parents, from 1997 onwards. The review draws on UK material with the inclusion of selected European sources. The findings of the review are summarised according to key themes, including: attitudes; expectations; aspirations; relationships; parental involvement; attendance and mobility; behaviour; achievement.