Who We Are

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Equality and Rights Network (EaRN)

The Equality and Rights Network (EaRN) was set up to enable any group, forum, organisation or individual to work in partnership with public services to advance equality, promote human rights, and to tackle inequality and poverty.

EaRN works across four different areas to make Edinburgh a city for everyone:

Raising awareness

We raise awareness about equality and rights, through our digital communications, giving talks, holding events and making resources available to our members.

Find out more about our Voices of Edinburgh project here.

Community Engagement

Our volunteer Equalities Ambassadors can visit community groups and projects, and facilitate discussions and workshops; and we regularly hold our own events so we can hear what you have to say on certain topics.

Research

Our Equalities Ambassadors spend time researching key equality and rights issues and current affairs. We also make sure we focus on ‘real world’ research, i.e. finding out what issues are affecting the people of Edinburgh right now.

Find out more about a piece of research which is focusing on the human rights implications of Brexit at the local level here.

Dialogue

We offer the opportunity for dialogue with key public sector representatives on particular issues, and feedback information we gather through events, conversations and surveys. We aim to make sure that your voices are being heard by the right people.

You can read some case studies from public sector representatives here.

 

Intersectional approach

EaRN is committed to providing a supportive and safe space for vulnerable communities and individuals. Part of this commitment involves taking an intersectional approach to tackling inequality. This means that rather than focusing on themes like race, disability or sexual orientation separately, we explore how such themes overlap with and affect one another and how groups and individuals can experience multiple discriminations at a time. The intersectional approach enables Members to identify common needs and priorities and ensures that the most marginalised voices have opportunities to be heard.