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THE UK PARLIAMENTARY SOCIETY FOR ARTS, FASHION AND SPORTS

 

Founded in January 2019, the Society aims to integrate creative young minds from the ARTS - FASHION & SPORTS industries with the UK government. A collaborative partnership that will seek to guard and guide their respective interests on a local, regional and national platform.

The Chair & founder Rebeca Riofrio has been involved in the Higher Education, Art & Fashion industry for over 19 years and believe that is crucial to show support and educate young people in how the government serves and functions publicly. It Is through this Society that we aim to make them active and responsible stakeholders with a sense of national awareness. To this end we hope to reach out and build a bridge of trust among thousands of young people across the UK.

In the current political climate, it is understandable that the British youngsters today have seemingly lost total trust to the extent of becoming disillusioned and hence detached!

Sadly, this results in horrendous consequences , for instance, the number of young people voting amounted to less than 50% compared to the over 65’s who tolled in at 78%.

One of the Society’s value is to be open, frank and transparent without any political insulation or without ‘fear or favour’. That we believe will create trust and belief that the voice of the ‘younger generation’ can be effectively heard!

Our network is wide, vast & and infinite which includes government officials, ambassadors, ex-prime ministers, doctors, barristers, actors, dancers, designers, sports personalities, models, painters, singers, creative designers and many others and this collectively adds up to  millions of active followers who can contribute to making a difference.

An additional aim is to address, create and convey memorandums on a need basis to the appropriate government official, on a variety of issues and problems facing the youth like; modern human trafficking, modern slavery, drugs, financial and other issues or concerns affecting all who are concerned, especially those who are seeking or pursuing a career in the UK Arts Fashion and sports industry.

To this end, we would love to create a link between modern UK young artistic/sport people and the government utilising periodical meetings, talks, seminars and other social/political activities.

POINTS OF ACTION

EDUCATION

The law now requires all young people in England to continue in education or training until at least their 18th birthday. 

INFORMATION FROM CHILD LAW ADVISE UK https://childlawadvice.org.uk/information-pages/participation-of-young-people-in-education-employment-or-training/

  • We aim to provide strategic leadership to young people and young entrepreneurs  to ensure that there is a network of support available which encourages, enables and assists the participation of young people in education, training and employment. This includes liaising with local partners such as employers, Jobcentre Plus, community sector organisations and youth offending teams.

EQUALITY 

A new Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. The Equality Act brings together over 116 separate pieces of legislation into one single Act. Combined, they make up a new Act that provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all.

The Act simplifies, strengthens and harmonises the current legislation to provide Britain with a new discrimination law which protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fair and more equal society.

The nine main pieces of legislation that have merged are:

  • the Equal Pay Act 1970

  • the Sex Discrimination Act 1975

  • the Race Relations Act 1976

  • the Disability Discrimination Act 1995

  • the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003

  • the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003

  • the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006

  • the Equality Act 2006, Part 2

  • the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007

View the full Equality Act 2010

Human trafficking or modern slavery

Human trafficking or modern slavery is one of the most appalling forms of criminal activity today. It’s also one of the most widespread and fastest-growing.

The International Labour Organisation believes that at any one time at least 40.3 million people around the world are being coerced into a situation of exploitation or made to work against their will, often having been transported across borders. Such exploitation can take many different forms, but the most common include forced prostitution, forced labour or forced marriage.

Estimates vary hugely as to how many victims of trafficking or modern slavery there are in the UK, from 13,000 up to 136,000. What is clear is that it is a significant and constantly evolving problem, and one of the major drivers of organised crime. The UK has taken some very good steps to address the issue. However, two judgments earlier this year, and a news story this month, have drawn attention to the fact that the system put in place to combat human trafficking and modern slavery has some serious flaws in how it works in practice.

READ AN ARTICLE ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS BLOG : https://ukhumanrightsblog.com/2018/09/28/human-trafficking-is-our-system-for-combating-it-fit-for-purpose/

Ending child marriage!
The United Kingdom has committed to eliminate child, early and forced marriage by 2030 in line with target 5.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The United Kingdom co-sponsored the 2017 Human Rights Council resolution recognising the need to address child, early and forced marriage in humanitarian contexts, and the 2015 Human Rights Council resolution to end child, early and forced marriage, recognising that it is a violation of human rights.

The United Kingdom co-sponsored the 20132014 and 2016 UN General Assembly resolutions on child, early and forced marriage, and the 2013 Human Rights Council resolution on child, early and forced marriage. In 2014, the United Kingdom signed a joint statement at the Human Rights Council calling for a resolution on child marriage.

The United Kingdom ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991, which sets a minimum age of marriage of 18, and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1986, which obligates states to ensure free and full consent to marriage.

In 2016 the UN Child Rights Committee recommended that the United Kingdom raise the minimum age of marriage to 18 across all devolved administrations, overseas territories and Crown dependencies. It raised concerns about the number of children exposed to harmful practices such as Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting (FGM/C) and forced marriage within parts of the UK and its territories.

SOURCE: https://www.girlsnotbrides.org/child-marriage/united-kingdom/

DIVERSITY

Ethnic minorities make up 12% of the working-age population, yet their rate of employment is disproportionate:

  • Only 1 in 16 of current FTSE 100 board members is from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background.

  • 1 in 8 employees in the UK are from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups.

  • Only 1 in 15 people from an ethnic minority background are in a management position. (RfO Race to the Top research)

BAME groups and Governance *

  •  Only 0.8% of local councillors in England are Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic.

  • Only 4.1% of MPs are Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (as of 2010)

  • Only 6.9% of public appointments are held by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals.

Clearly there is still some way to go before there is a representative number of ethnic minorities in public appointments, politics or the corporate world commensurate with their numbers in the general population.

FIND MORE INFO AND STATS : https://diversityuk.org/diversity-in-the-uk/

OTHER TOPICS OF INTEREST:
- OPPORTUNITIES IN BUSINESS FOR ARTISTS, FASHION & SPORTS PERSONALITIES 
- GOVERNMENT SUPPORT /FUNDING 
- UNLAWFUL CONDUCT IN THE FASHION AND SPORT ENVIRONMENT
- SAFETY 
- GRANTS
- SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS
- EVENTS & POLITIC SEMINARS