Oral evidence session


Tuesday 15th November 2016

We hosted an oral evidence session on Tuesday 15 November 2016, inviting selected experts. The purpose of the session was to collect evidence for our final report from commissioners. Participating experts were interviewed by our commissioners.

Tackling discrimination


10:00 - 10:45 

Sam Smethers, Chief executive, the Fawcett Society
Sarah Churchman, Head of diversity & inclusion and employee wellbeing, PwC UK
Polly Neate, Chief executive, Women’s Aid
Jessica Asato, Public affairs officer, Safe Lives

Race and religion

10:45- 11:30

Fiyaz Mughal, Founder, Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks)
Melanie Field, Executive director for strategy and policy, Equality and Human Rights Commission
Simon Johnson, Chief executive, Jewish Leadership Council
Mohammed Amin, Chair, Conservative Muslim Forum
Martin Kettle, Policy adviser, Church of England 



11:45- 12:30

Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, Employment Related Services Association
Lord Low of Dalston, Vice president, the Royal National Institute for Blind People
Baroness Deech, Chair, Lords' Equality Act 2010 and Disability Committee



12:30- 13:15

Ruth Hunt, Chief executive, Stonewall
Jane Fae, Journalist, Trans Media Watch
Suki Sandhu, Founder & CEO, OUTstanding


Foreign affairs

Freedom of religion or belief (UK and abroad)

14:00 - 14:45

Kate Allen, Director, Amnesty International UK
Angela Salt, Executive director, Tony Blair Faith Foundation
Gillian Merron, Chief executive, Board of Deputies of British Jews
Miqdaad Versi, Assistant secretary general, Muslim Council of Britain


Women's Rights Abroad & Preventing Sexual Violence in conflict

14:45 - 15:30

Dorcas Erskine, Director of policy, advocacy & programmes, ActionAid
Dr Jelke Boesten, Reader in gender and development, King’s College London


Torture prevention

15:30 - 16:15

Carla Ferstman, Director, REDRESS
Ken Macdonald QC, Chair, Reprieve
Sonya Sceats, Director of policy and advocacy, Freedom from Torture


Domestic legislation

Protecting Human Rights in the UK

16:15 - 17:00    

Martha Spurrier, Director, Liberty
Lord Faulks QC, Former Minister of State for Justice


Modern Slavery in the UK

17:15 - 18:00

Tamara Barnett, Project leader, Human Trafficking Foundation
Kate Garbers, Managing director, Unseen
Major Anne Read, Anti-trafficking response coordinator, The Salvation Army