Parity Briefing Papers
A recent survey by PARITY of 78 City/Metropolitan and County Councils in England and Wales found that, while 62 Councils provided refuge accommodation for female victims, only two provided it for male victims, although 22 Councils did provide emergency accommodation.
More than three times as many men as women kill themselves in the UK, some 4,590 in 2012 compared to 1,491 women. Such numbers are over three times higher for both sexes than deaths from road accidents. The highest rates of deaths from suicide per 100,000 population were in the 35 to 54 age group for both sexes, and overall were higher in Scotland and Northern Ireland than in England and Wales for both men and women.
Are men and women treated equally by the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales? Certainly, more males than females pass through the System, and more males than females are more severely dealt with, including imprisonment.
The appraisal in this Briefing Paper of relevant government published statistics, mostly for year 2011, is an attempt to scrutinise the data in more detail to see if some clearer pattern emerges. It is hoped that the result contributes positively to the debate about sex equality in the Criminal Justice System.
The aim of this briefing paper is to collate basic factual data on gender and education with a view to informing public debate.
The 26 charts featured in this Paper, covering a range of local authorities, show a disparity in discretionary funding between expenditure on males and females which is generally large and consistently in favour of females. This is a different perspective from that usually presented in the media, where females tend to be seen as disadvantaged.
Speech and language therapy (SLT) is predominantly a ‘white female’ profession – earlier RCSLT data shows that 98.5% of qualified SLTs were White European compared to 1.5% whose ethnicity was recorded as ‘other’. Additionally, almost 100% of therapists are female..