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Keywords Lecture Series

Keyword Lecture: Linda Bellos on Equality

28 Mar 2013

Ex-politician, activist and businesswoman Linda Bellos discusses the keyword Equality

  • Venue

    Rivington Place

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  • Admission

    £7 (£5 concs) + booking fee

Ex-politician, activist and businesswoman Linda Bellos discusses the keyword ‘Equality’. Her talk will set out the history of current equality politics since the 1970’s in the UK, looking critically at the different ways that equality has been understood and portrayed and giving emphasis to the over-arching purpose of using equality law and how it has often been misinterpreted and abused. Finally she demonstrates how vital the Human Rights Act 1998 has been in safeguarding the rights of some of the most vulnerable people in the UK and helps advance equality for all of us.

This lecture is presented as part of Keywords, an exhibition and lecture programme looking at how changes in the meaning of words reflect the cultural shifts in our society. The exhibition is based on Raymond Williams’ seminal text – Keywords: a vocabulary of culture and society and is presented by Iniva in partnership with Tate Liverpool at Rivington Place from 27 March until 18 May 2013.


Linda Bellos has a long track record of championing equality and human rights across the four nations of the UK. She worked in the public sector for many years. She has held positions as chair of many voluntary sector bodies. Now she runs her own company, which specialises in equality, diversity and human rights training and online learning, consultancy, conflict resolution and much more. Clients include government departments, police services, HM Inspectorates, NHS bodies, local authorities and social landlords.

As a guest contributor on television and radio programmes, she speaks regularly on equality, diversity and human rights topics. She is in considerable demand as a keynote speaker and conference chair.

In 2009, Linda was elected chair of the Institute of Equality and Diversity Practitioners. In 2007, she was awarded an OBE for her services to diversity.

In 1986, Linda was elected Leader of Lambeth Council, one of the first Black women to gain such a position. In the mid 1980s, she introduced Black History Month during her tenure as chair of the London Strategic Policy Unit.

In 1981, Linda was the first Black woman to join the Spare Rib feminist collective. She was vice-chair of the 1980s campaign to select Black candidates within the Labour Party.

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Event details

Type: Lecture
Location: Rivington Place, London EC2A 3BA
Date: 28 Mar 2013
Admission: £7 (£5 concs) + booking fee

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