Human Rights and Equality Grant Awardees 2017

In November 2017, 32 organisations were awarded funding for projects under the Commission’s Human Rights and Equality Grants Scheme 2017.

The grant awards include support for research, education and training on human rights and equality, activities for promoting the integration of migrants and other minorities, equality including gender equality, and respect for diversity and cultural difference. The Commission welcomed over 150 applications for the awards.

In awarding the 2017 grants the Commission focused on two overarching themes, in line with its strategic focus:

  1. Intercultural understanding and diversity

    This includes activities which promote awareness and understanding of interculturalism and support effective, positive intercultural relations.

  2. Supporting implementation of the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty

    This includes activities which support implementation of the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty. The legal obligation all public bodies have to eliminate discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and protect human rights. This obligation is set out within Section 42 of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014.

The successful projects are outlined below:

Theme A – Intercultural Understanding and Diversity

Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo

with Cairde Arts Fesitival, Sligo

A collaboration between Hawk’s Well Theatre and the Cairde Arts Festival with Sligo Global Kitchen (a food project with asylum seekers in direct provision) and Sligo Cultural Exchange to create an intercultural hub in Sligo town during the Cairde Festival in July 2018. The hub will facilitate the cultural sharing of music, dance and poetry, host a number of interactive workshops and act as a facility for people living in direct provision in Sligo to cook and share food.

Dolphin House Community Development Association

with Canal Communities Against Racism

A project supporting the integration of non-Irish born tenants in Dublin City Flat complexes through a series of learning events involving community leaders, statutory agencies and all participants within estates. The project aims to influence policy, inform practice and develop understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity between host communities and new non-Irish residents.

Maynooth University

with Wezesha Ltd.

A project to enhance the capacity for People of African Descent and service providers in Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 in the understanding of migrant issues and experiences of diversity, in order to improve access to services and enhance participation.

National Youth Council of Ireland

Promoting integration in the youth sector by migrant communities involved in youth groups through providing leadership and networking to minority ethnic youth group leaders.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees

with Little Museum of Dublin

A historical and contemporary exhibit, running from September to December 2018, which tells the story of Dublin’s history of welcoming refugees. A series of public lectures and talks in the exhibition space aims to foster understanding of the reasons people are forced to flee.

Nasc – The Irish Immigrant Support Centre

with UCC Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights

‘Beyond McMahon’, a conference for 100 participants on the future of asylum reception in Ireland, will be held in early 2018, followed by a masterclass for 20 undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Amach! LGBT Galway

Aimed at LBGT+ asylum seekers and refugees, this project entails an initial conference facilitated by Amach, followed by weekly peer support meetings, plus a variety of artistic workshops.

Breffni Integrated CLG

with Cavan County Council Social Inclusion Unit

Establishment of a multicultural network in Co Cavan, bringing together groups within the county that represent different ethnic minorities, to build capacity and confidence among communities that will enable greater participation.

Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI)

Series of anti-discrimination and training workshops to further social inclusion in Tallaght, Dublin 24, delivered alongside football training sessions to primary school children aged 10-13.

Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan

with Rape Crisis Network Ireland

Series of workshops in an intercultural group support programme for survivors of sexual violence, targeting a mix of Irish and non-Irish participants.

Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation

Series of dialogue projects involving faith and community leaders, to increase participants’ knowledge of human rights and equality legislation.

Fettercairn Community Health Project

with Tallaght Roma Integration Project

A conference in 2018, bringing statutory and voluntary service providers together to educate them about the needs of the Roma Community in Tallaght.

Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre

Dissemination, in 2018, of the findings of the Roma Needs Assessment undertaken by Pavee Point and Department of Justice and Equality, following the launch of the report in December 2017.

Youth work Ireland, Galway

with World Vision, NYCI, Galway County Council, Galway Comhairle na nÓg

Creation of a resource pack and training programme for youth workers, deepening their awareness and supporting their work with refugees in youth groups or school settings in the Galway area.

Irish Traveller Movement

Developing a panel of intercultural trainers, via a train the trainer programme, to support the ‘Yellow Flag’ diversity in schools programme.

Theme B – Supporting Implementation of the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty

National Safeguarding Committee

with HIQA, Mental Health Commission

Developing an evidence base for a rights-based approach to care in residential, in-patient and community based services for older people, people with disabilities and people with a mental illness.

Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI)

Development of a framework of supports for implementing the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty across the Education and Training Boards Sector.

Community Action network (CAN)

Following from the Council of Europe FIDH v Ireland decision on local authority housing, applying a rights-holder approach to the implementation of the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty with local authorities.

Inclusion Ireland

Establishment of a ‘train the trainer’ programme for the purpose of delivering workshops to rights holders on using the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty in accessing public services.

Equality and Rights Alliance

Project to build capacity of civil society organisations to engage with the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty and ensure its implementation by public bodies in their area. Five regional workshops.

University College Dublin

Putting the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty into practice in the Third Level Sector by raising awareness, sharing learning, identifying priorities and developing guidelines.

The Rights Platform, St. Kevin’s Family Resource Centre

with South Dublin Public Participation Network

Applying the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty in the South Dublin County strategic planning process.

Irish Council for Civil Liberties

Identifying and implementing human rights obligations applicable to the policy and practice of An Garda Siochána.

Health Service Executive

Addressing the application of the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty within the HSE

HSE Addiction Services (Cherry Orchard)

Developing a collaborative approach to the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty working with service users in relation to addiction and treatment and service provision.

Free Legal Advice Centres

A one day conference examining the legal implications of the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty.

Irish Refugee Council

One-year project to establish the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty obligations on the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA), the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Information (OPMI) and its contractors, for people seeking protection, or in direct provision.

Theme AB

Westmeath Local Community Development Committee

with Westmeath County Council and other statutory agencies

Development of a multi-agency Integration Strategy for Co Westmeath for 2018-2022, taking account of the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty.

Final County Council Community Development Office

with Immigrant Council of Ireland

Develop training resources for key staff in Fingal County Council, focussing upon implementation of the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty and on interculturalism.

Travellers of North Cork CLG

with PPR Belfast

Progress a human rights monitoring process to progress Traveller accommodation rights in North Cork.

HSE – National HR Division, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Team

Conducting a detailed review of all HSE training programmes to incorporate diversity, equality and inclusion.

Irish Girl Guides

Establishment of a Girl Guide programme in Mosney direct provision centre.