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What is Action on Sectarianism?

YouthLink Scotland, the National Agency for Youth Work has set up the first independent public website designed to challenge sectarianism in Scotland, supported by the Scottish Government.

Accessible on computers, tablets and mobile phones, this website will act as a central gateway to information and resources tackle sectarianism in Scotland by providing tailored user access to four distinct target groups:

Children and Young people

Adults: parents, carers, community groups

AoS Network: teachers, youth workers, academics, policy officers, community activists

In September we will be focussing on the West of Scotland Regional Equality Council (WSREC) and their work in promoting the Mainstreaming Anti-Sectarianism in Equalities Toolkit. 

The toolkit is predominantly intended for public and third sector agencies to assist them in mainstreaming anti-sectarianism within their current practices to meet the requirements of the Equality Act (2010) and the Public Sector Equality Duty.

The purpose of the toolkit is to promote a greater understanding of sectarianism as an intersectional equality issue at both policy and community delivery levels; and translate these issues into matters of interest and concern for both statutory and voluntary agencies within Scotland.

 

The toolkit aims to provide:

• rich, qualitative materials to use for inclusive intra-Christian anti-sectarianism training;

• specific methodological guidelines and considerations;

• guidelines to align anti-sectarianism activities within wider equalities work;

• advice on removing current barriers or difficulties to mainstreaming in the existing equalities frameworks of Scottish local authorities;

• advice on clear pathways to mainstreaming for Scottish local authorities, equalities and community development projects; and

• learning resources; resource guides; and recommendations for policy and practice.

 

The following resources are available to download as part of WSREC's Month of Action: 

 

1. The Mainstreaming Anti-Sectarianism (MAS) in Equalities Toolkit.
2. Mainstreaming Anti-Sectarianism (MAS) into wider equalities policy and delivery: 8 myth busters.
3. Critical thinking cards. These are for students and employees in order to help them become more critical about their own and the views of others. 
4. Sectarianism Poster. This is a A SCIP analysis that shows the context where sectarian attitudes and behaviours emerge and are maintained. The issues mentioned are not necessarily bad or illegal but are issues that may contribute to sectarian attitudes and behaviours and therefore they may require to be changed, be more openly discussed, explained. 
5. Allport Scale of Prejudice which measures of the manifestation of prejudice in society.
6. Interactive Activity - Lupita's Story. Pick an image that could illustrate Lupita’s story and tell us why. All submissions will receive a complimentary copy of the book from which the images were taken. This is a joint project tackling sectarianism between WSREC and Open Aye Participatory Photography. 

 

You can access each of the resources here.

For more information please contact Dr. Karla Perez Portilla This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Ben Williams This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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