Equality and Human Rights Commission highlights discrimination in Britain

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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London, Oct 10(ANI): A study conducted into inequality in Britain has revealed that progress towards pay equality for women has been stalled, disabled children face bullying and boys struggle academically.

According to the study, 'How Fair is Britain', conducted by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), there is a large pay gap between men and women in Britain.

It revealed that in full-time work, women are still paid 16.4 percent less than men, a figure that rises to 55 percent in the finance sector.

The 700-page report also reaffirms concerns about class divides, showing that children born into disadvantaged families face a long, uphill struggle that too often ends in lower life chances.

It found that four out of five children with special educational needs were being bullied.

The study also reveal the deep injustices faced by young people of certain ethnicities by showing how much more likely they are to be stopped and searched by police.

It further highlights a shocking disparity between the child mortality rates for black and white babies.

Talking about the report, EHRC Chairman Trevor Phillips highlight how complicated the issue of equalities has become.

"Inequality and disadvantage don't come neatly packaged in parcels marked age, or disability, or gender, or race," The Guardian quoted Phillips, as saying.

"They emerge often as a subset of a strand - not as a disability issue, but as a mental health issue; not as a generalized ethnic penalty, but as a result of being Pakistani; not a pay gap for working women, but a pay gap for working mothers," he added. (ANI)

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