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Equal Opportunities Commission Wales, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 EOCW

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Equal Opportunities Commission Wales Records (Archif Menywod Cymru/Women's Archive of Wales)

Short Title: Equal Opportunities Commission Wales, records

Creation date(s): 1982-2001

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.054 cubic metres (26 folders)

Name of creator(s): Equal Opportunities Commission Wales


Administrative/Biographical history: The Equal Opportunities Commission was established in 1975 under Section 53 of the Sex Discrimination Act. Its responsibilities under the Act are to work towards the elimination of discrimination, whether on the grounds of sex or marriage; to promote equal opportunities for both men and women; and to keep under review both the Equal Pay Act 1970 and the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, including the formulation of proposals to amend these acts when required to do so by the Secretary of State or when the Commission itself deems necessary. In addition, in consultation with the Health and Safety Commission, the Commission must also keep under review the legislative provisions concerning health and safety that require different treatment for men and women in the work place. The Commission also provides legal assistance and advice to individuals who believe they have been discriminated against. The Commission is an executive non-departmental public body and is financed by the Department for Education and Employment. Its head office for Great Britain is located in Manchester with smaller offices in Glasgow and Cardiff serving Scotland and Wales respectively; there is also a media enquiries office in London, whilst Northern Ireland has its own separate Commission. There are fourteen Commissioners, all of whom are appointed by the Secretary of State, including specific Commissioners for Scotland and Wales, with a Chief Executive as the principal officer of the Commission responsible for its day to day running.


Scope and content/abstract: The fonds mainly comprises photocopied newspaper cuttings, 1982-2001, covering various issues relating to the work of the Equal Opportunities Commission Wales. Subject matter includes topics such as age, bullying, child care and maternity, disability, discrimination, education, employment, Europe, homosexuality, language, politics, racism, religion, successful women, training, women in employment, women in sport, and women in the arts. There are also press cuttings relating to The National Assembly for Wales, International Women's Day and Valleys Regeneration. The fonds does not include any administrative papers or correspondence.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged at NLW into twenty-two files according to subject matter.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply

Finding aids: A hard copy of this list is available at NLW.


Accruals: Accruals are possible

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by the Equal Opportunities Commission Wales, Cardiff per Archif Menywod Cymru / Women's Archive of Wales, March 2001.


Related material: Printed works are in NLW, Department of Printed Books.


Note: Fonds title supplied from provenance, file titles supplied from contents.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Martin Robson Riley.
The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Equal Opportunities Commission's Web Site, October 2001.

Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and NLW Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2002.

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