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Restrict ability to restrict membership on the basis of a shared characteristic

Submitted by Dr. Pamela Odih on Thursday 8th October 2020

Published on Monday 16th November 2020

Current status: Open

Open until: Sunday 16th May 2021

Current Signatures: 42
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Restrict ability to restrict membership on the basis of a shared characteristic

Petition Details

The Equality Act 2010 “single characteristic associations” exemption should be limited or removed in the context of libraries and library membership. Thus, prohibiting the establishment of sex-based restrictions to libraries; as is the case with the men-only Garrick Club and its library.

Additional Information

Established in 1831 the Garrick Club private members formation, hosts a vast reserve of creative and cultural industry memorabilia within its Garrick Library and arts collection. While within the Equality Act 2010 “single characteristic associations” exemption, the applicability of the latter to the Garrick Library is ambiguous. The Government needs to reform the Equality Act 2010 and remove libraries from the “single characteristic associations” exemption.


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