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Board Statement regarding temporary suspension of Sheffield Feminist Network

Board Statement

The Equality Hub Network is an independent advisory group established by Sheffield City Council to create a space in which to enable our diverse communities to have greater voice and influence over decisions in the City. There are seven individual hubs representing the following communities: Age; Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugees; Carers; Disability; LGBT+; Religion and Belief; and Women. Each hub sends elected representatives to the Equality Hub Board meeting which meets quarterly to discuss broader issues affecting the network as a whole.

Following a discussion at the meeting of the Equality Hub Network Board on 23rd October the Board unanimously agreed to the temporary suspension of the Sheffield Feminist Network from participating in any Equality Hub Network activities pending a full investigation.

The investigation will explore concerns raised at the Board regarding conduct by the Sheffield Feminist Network which allegedly contradicts the values and ethos of the Equality Hub Network. The investigation will be carried out by delegates from each hub along with an independent representative. Sheffield Feminist Network have been notified; invited to participate in the investigation process; and will have a full right of appeal.

The Equality Hub Network is open to anyone who is interested in equality, diversity and fairness.

The Network brings together individuals and organisations from all sectors – voluntary, community and faith (VCF), public and private – to make a real difference in Sheffield.

It enables communities to make the city’s decision makers aware of the issues that affect them and influence policy, strategy and services.

The Network is made up of the following Equality Hubs based on protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010:

The Hubs are coordinated by Support Organisations that are grant funded by Sheffield City Council.

Cross Hub Working Groups, Network events and the Equality Hub Network Board provide opportunities to explore common issues and work together.

Events bring the whole Network together around a theme that people care about, such as poverty, hate crime, health and employment.

Information is shared across communities through the Equality Hub Network Newsletter and Twitter.

Upcoming Equality Hub Network meetings and events

Download meeting notes, action plans and other supporting documents for the Equality Hub Network from the Documents page.

Equality Hub Network Terms of Reference