Below you’ll find a comprehensive library of the Equality Coalition’s reports, submissions and other publications. These documents are produced in collaboration with our members.


Defining Public Duties to Tackle Incitement to Hatred whilst Respecting Freedom of Expression: Reviewing the Legal & Policy Framework – Conference Report
Published October 2019

A one-day conference was held on 13 October 2017 to explore, from a human rights perspective, when public authorities can or must act against speech and cultural expression in order to protect the rights of others. The event was organised by the Equality Coalition, with support from the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. It was comprised of presentations, panel discussions and a series of afternoon workshops, all exploring different themes related to the legal framework (both local and international) on countering incitement to hatred.

From the proceedings of this conference, a comprehensive 90 page report has been published. Download it here.

Post-Brexit Citizenship Status: Divided by the Rules? – Conference Report
Published June 2019

In March 2019, the Equality Coalition, in partnership with BrexitLawNI, held a major conference on ‘Post-Brexit Citizenship Status: Divided by the Rules?’ in the Moot Court Room at Queen’s University Belfast. Featuring expert practioner and political panels, the conference explored how Brexit will transform the citizenship landscape in Northern Ireland and could lead to hardened entitlement boundaries between different groups of citizens here.

A 60 page report has been produced from the proceedings of the conference. You can download a digital version of the report here. Hard copies are available upon request by emailing or calling 028 9031 6000.

Response to consultation on ECNI’s complaints and investigation procedures
Published May 2019

The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) has been reviewing and revising the procedures related to its enforcement (investigation) powers. These powers enable ECNI to investigate public bodies that fail to comply with their Section 75 duties. In March 2019, ECNI launched a public consultation on its (draft) ‘Revised Policy and Procedures for Complaints and Investigations’. The Equality Coalition responded to this consultation with a detailed written submission, which raises several issues that we strongly urge ECNI to rectify.

Submission on ECNI’s investigation powers

Manifesto for a Rights Based Return to Power Sharing
Published April 2019

More than two years have elapsed since the devolved power sharing institutions provided for under the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) collapsed in Northern Ireland. Additionally, many of the rights based commitments of the peace settlement, including those originally designed as to act as safeguards on the NI Executive and Assembly, remain unimplemented or have been misimplemented. Fresh cross-party talks to restore power sharing have been announced for May 2019. However, there is little point in restoring the institutions only for them to fail to deliver and collapse again for the same reasons. Conscious of this, the Equality Coalition has developed a ‘Manifesto for a Rights Based Return to Power Sharing’.

Manifesto for a Rights Based Return to Power Sharing

An Irish language version has also been published, with help from Conradh na Gaeilge. A larger font version in either language is available upon request – email or call 028 9031 6000.

Equal to the Task? Investigative powers and effective enforcement of the ‘Section 75’ equality duty – an Equality Coalition Research Report
Published January 2018

Notwithstanding significant pockets of good practice, it has been a strategic concern of the Equality Coalition for some time that the Section 75 equality duty is being regularly flaunted by many public authorities. This report examines the current situation and makes recommendations to improve adherence to the statutory equality duties going forwards.

Executive Summary

Full Report

Meeting Objective Need: Towards an Anti Poverty Strategy for Northern Ireland – Conference Report
Published March 2017

The outcome of this conference from the NI Anti-Poverty Network and the Child Poverty Alliance was the development of seven key principles that should be taken forward by officials when developing an anti-poverty strategy to meet objective need and tackle social patterns of deprivation.

Final conference report


Equality Coalition Recent Achievements Booklet 2015/16
Published January 2017

Equality Coalition Achievements 2015/16

Generic submission to draft equality schemes out for consultation in 2016-17
Published September 2016

Submission to draft equality schemes

A Fresh Start for Equality? The Equality Impacts of the Stormont House Agreement on the Two Main Communities – an Action Research Intervention
Published March 2016

Executive Summary and Recommendations

Full Report

Equality Coalition Recent Achievements Booklet 2014/15
Published January 2016

Equality Coalition Achievements 2014/15

Equality Coalition Effective Consultation Guidance
Published 2016

Effective Consultation Guide

Austerity and Inequality: A threat to peace? – Conference Report
Published December 2015

As those directly affected are well aware, austerity has been biting in Northern Ireland for years. However, the spending plans of the new UK government and the ‘finance and welfare’ changes envisaged in the recently brokered Stormont House Agreement (2014) may take austerity to new levels here.

Austerity and Inequality: A Threat to Peace? Conference Report

Equality Coalition response to the OFMDFM Childcare Strategy Consultation
Published November 2015

Response to Childcare Strategy

Equality Coalition Key Points arising from the Austerity and Inequality Conference
Published November 2015

Austerity and Inequality Conference Key Points

Equality Coalition response to the OFMDFM Consultation on Proposals to Extend Age Discrimination Legislation (Age Goods, Facilities and Services)
Published August 2015

Age GFS Consultation Response

Equality Coalition submission to DUP Conscience Clause Consultation
Published February 2015

Submission to conscience clause consultation

Equality Coalition submission to DOJ Consultation on the Criminal Law on Abortion
Published January 2015

Submission on the criminal law on abortion

Equality Coalition submission on the NI Executive draft Budget 2015/16
Published December 2014

Submission on the 2015/16 budget

Expert Paper on Good Relations in Northern Ireland
Published October 2014

Good Relations in NI: Towards a definition in Law

Austerity and Welfare Reform Action for UN Anti-Poverty Day
Published October 2014

EC letter to SoS on welfare reform

Letter from the NI Secretary of State

Equality Coalition submission to the (newly formed) 11 district councils on their draft Equality Schemes
Published September 2014

Submission on the district council draft Equality Schemes

Expert Paper on Sectarianism in Northern Ireland
Published April 2014

Sectarianism in NI: Towards a definition in Law

Equality Coalition EQIA on Welfare Reform
Published April 2014

Welfare Reform Evidence – Impacts on the 9 Equality Categories

Equality Coalition submission to DHSSPS on Transforming Your Care
Published January 2013

Submission to the Transforming Your Care consultation

Submission to the Ad Hoc Committee on Conformity with Equality Requirements
Published December 2012

Submission on conformity with equality requirements