Social Attitudes

For the most part, attitudes were generally positive.
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1%
Women
2%
Men
4%
Over 70's
5%
Under 25's
6%
Disabled
People
7%
Different
Religion
13%
Black and
Minority Ethnic groups
15%
Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual
21%
Eastern European
Migrant Workers
22%
Transgender
Persons
30%
Travellers

Negative attitudes
towards Lesbian, Gay or
Bisexual persons,
dropped from 21% in
2008 to 15% in 2011

Vincent and David's Story

Vincent and DavidVincent and David, a same sex couple, were subject to regular homophobic attacks on their home. In total there were 12 separate attacks over the period of a year.
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Social Distance

Minds a little or a lot having these groups as …

  • Traveller
  • Transgender Person
  • Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual Person
  • Eastern European migrant worker
  • Person with mental ill-health
  • Person with learning disability
  • Person with physical disability
  • Person of a different religion
  • …a work colleague
  • 35%
  • 35%
  • 22%
  • 26%
  • 26%
  • 11%
  • 15%
  • 8%
  • …a neighbour
  • 54%
  • 40%
  • 27%
  • 28%
  • 24%
  • 8%
  • 8%
  • 10%
  • …an in-law
  • 55%
  • 53%
  • 42%
  • 36%
  • 37%
  • 17%
  • 18%
  • 17%
Margaret and Mary

Margaret and Mary's Story

Margaret, 16 and Mary, 18 are sisters and members of the Irish Traveller community. They received an invitation to a wedding and decided they needed to buy new outfits to wear.
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Attitudes to Equality

The survey examined attitudes to equality and diversity.
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42% said that religion was the most important equality issue in northern ireland
said that age
was the most
important
equality issue.
said that gender was the most important equality issue.

Dr Lennon's Story

Dr LennonFind out what happened when Dr Lennon applied for
a public appointment post of Chair at NI Water.
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Attitudes to Diversity

The survey examined attitudes to equality and diversity.
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77%
either agreed or strongly
agreed that 'public bodies in
Northern Ireland should
be more representative of
both the Protestant and
Roman Catholic communities
'.
women
69%
More than two-thirds
said they would like
to see more women
in management

positions in the
workplace.
police
66%
agreed that a police service whose religious composition
is more representative of both the Protestant and
Roman Catholic communities will offer a better service.
65%
would like to see an increase in the representation of disabled people in the workplace.

Michaela's Story

Michaela HollywoodMichaela, 17 attained 9 GCSEs with grades A to C and is hoping to take ‘A’ level chemistry and biology at the beginning of term.

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Perceptions of Unfair Treatment

It was perceived by 15% of respondents that
over 70s were treated most unfairly.

However, Over 65s were
the least likely group to
make a complaint about
discrimination.

PERCEPTION OF MOST UNFAIRLY TREATED
  • 15% Over 70 Years
  • 13% Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual
  • 13% Disabled People
  • 13% Catholics
  • 12% Eastern European Migrant Workers
  • 8% Protestants
  • 8% Travellers
  • 5% Young People
  • 5% Black and Minority
  • 3% Transgender People
  • 3% Carers
  • 1% Women
  • 1% Men

Terry's Story

Terry McCoyFind out what happened when Terry, an experienced carpenter and specialist wood salesman, applied for a position with a Belfast timber firm.
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30%
of respondents thought
it was OK to hold some
prejudice against
certain groups.
33%
of respondents
said they had been
subjected to some form
of harassment.

Experience of Unfair Treatment

Respondents discussed personal experience of discrimination or harassment, and
the extent to which they were prepared to seek redress in such a situation.



The groups that felt they were unfairly treated were:

  • MINORITY ETHNIC GROUPS 61%
  • LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL 53%
  • THOSE FROM BELFAST 44%
  • LIMITING LONG TERM ILLNESS 40%
  • THOSE FROM A LOWER CLASS 37%
1/5 COMPLAINED

Of those who believed they had been treated unfairly, only 21% said they had made some form of complaint.

Vicky's Story

Lauren McGeeVicky was unhappy with her gender and was lucky to have the support of family and friends, others were not so tolerant.

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Role of the Equality Commission

Respondents were asked a series of questions regarding their awareness of the Equality Commission, its role and responsibilities. The results show an increase in awareness compared to a previous survey.

2011

72%

Indicated they 'knew something' about the roles and responsibilities of the Equality Commission.

2011

28%

Correctly identified the Equality Commission as the organisation with overall reponsibility for promoting equality and dealing with anti-discrimination laws in Northern Ireland (unprompted).

2005

65%

2005

11%
58%
said they would contact
the Equality Commission
if they had a problem.
18%
said they would not
contact the commission
if they had a problem.

Joanne and DomingosJoanne and
Domingos's Story

Two friends on a planned night out at a Belfast club were stopped by the doorman when they reached the entrance.
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Equality Laws in Northern Ireland

Support for equality laws in Northern Ireland has remained consistently high over time.

91%

of respondents agreed
on the need for equality laws.

77%

of people felt that equality laws
should be strengthened to
match those in Great Britain.

52%

of respondents were aware that
anti-discrimination laws protect
them on the grounds of religion.

Lauren's Story

Lauren McGeeFind out what happened when Lauren applied for a graduate trainee manager position with a well known electrical company.
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Social Attitudes

For the most part, attitudes were generally positive. However negative attitudes existed towards.

Vincent and David's Story

Vincent and DavidVincent and David, a same sex couple, were subject to regular homophobic attacks on their home. In total there were 12 separate attacks over the period of a year.
VIEW THEIR STORY

Social Distance

Minds a little or a lot having these groups as …

Margaret and Mary's Story

Margaret and Mary

Margaret, 16 and Mary, 18 are sisters and members of the Irish Traveller community. They received an invitation to a wedding and decided they needed to buy new outfits to wear.
VIEW THEIR STORY

Attitudes to Equality

The survey examined attitudes to equality and diversity.
Scroll down to watch the statistics grow to their correct values.

Dr Lennon's Story

Dr LennonFind out what happened when Dr Lennon applied for
a public appointment post of Chair at NI Water.
VIEW DR LENNON'S STORY

Attitudes to Diversity

The survey examined attitudes to equality and diversity.
Keep scrolling down to reveal the complete statistics.

Michaela's Story

Michaela HollywoodMichaela, 17 attained 9 GCSEs with grades A to C and is hoping to take ‘A’ level chemistry and biology at the beginning of term.

VIEW MICHAELA'S STORY

Perceptions of Unfair Treatment

It was perceived by 15% of respondents that
over 70s were treated most unfairly.

However, Over 65s were
the least likely group to
make a complaint about
discrimination.

Terry's Story

Terry McCoyFind out what happened when Terry, an experienced carpenter and specialist wood salesman, applied for a position with a Belfast timber firm.
VIEW TERRY'S STORY

Experience of Unfair Treatment

Respondents discussed personal experience of discrimination or harassment, and
the extent to which they were prepared to seek redress in such a situation.



The groups that felt they were unfairly treated were:

Vicky's Story

Lauren McGeeVicky was unhappy with her gender and was lucky to have the support of family and friends, others were not so tolerant.

VIEW VICKY'S STORY

Role of the Equality Commission

Respondents were asked a series of questions regarding their awareness of the Equality Commission, its role and responsibilities. The results show an increase in awareness compared to a previous survey.

Joanne and DomingosJoanne and
Domingos's Story

Two friends on a planned night out at a Belfast club were stopped by the doorman when they reached the entrance.
VIEW THEIR STORY

Equality Laws in Northern Ireland

Support for equality laws in Northern Ireland has remained consistently high over time.

Lauren's Story

Lauren McGeeFind out what happened when Lauren applied for a graduate trainee manager position with a well known electrical company.
VIEW LAUREN'S STORY

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