The University has a legal responsibility under the Equality Act 2010 to have due regard to eliminate discrimination, advance equality and foster good relations for all of the ‘protected characteristics’.
The Safe Travel Overseas guidance aims to raise awareness of issues and potential risks that staff who identify with one or more Protected Characteristics may encounter when undertaking overseas travel on behalf of the University.
A Safe Overseas Travel Guidance has been produced not to deter employees who have one or more protected characteristics from travelling abroad in connection with their employment but simply to research and consider the potential risks associated with such travel and the steps that can be taken to minimise the risks.
For example, in more than half the world, LGBTUA+ people may not be protected against discrimination by workplace law.
The guidance provides:
- A definition of the Protected Characteristics and the Potential Risks associated with identifying with a Protected Characteristic
- Safe Travel Information for the employee
- The Business Case
- Addition Guidance for individuals who identify LGBTUA+ (Sexual Orientation and Trans)
- Protected Characteristics Risk Assessment Form (Optional)
Key Points to Consider
- Cultural acceptance and law can vary from country to country, research your destination thoroughly prior to travel.
- Some countries may recognise LGBTUA+ right's, however, this may not be cultural accepted
- LGBTUA+ people may be subjected to hate crimes, this can also include imprisonment and death penalty
- Accessibility issues in buildings and travel within some countries for individuals who have a Disability
- Cultural acceptance of some disabilities in certain countries, for example, acceptance of mental illness
- Racial violence and threats can never be ruled out regardless of the destination of travel. Individuals must familiarise themselves with the Foreign Commonwealth Office travel advise webpages and monitor their destination country for regular updates
Personal Safety and Security
- Travellers should be encouraged to research their intended destinations. Gathering knowledge of intended destinations may increase awareness of potential risks, allowing travellers to best prepare themselves in advance of travel.
- Check Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website for travel safety warnings, details of the nearest British Embassy or Consulate and information on local laws and customs.
- Invest in a good guide book
- Excessive physical shows of affection, by both same-sex and heterosexual couples, are often best avoided in public
- Safe Overseas Travel Guide
- Foreign Travel Advise
- ILGA Website
- LGBTUA+ Foreign travel advise - Gov.uk
- Safe Travels: Global Mobility for LGBTUA+ Staff
- LGBTUA+ & Intersex association Map
- Stonewall - Acceptance without Exception Worldwide
If you are travelling overseas and wish to discuss safe travel and support, please contact Claire Algar in the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Team C dot Algar at warwick dot ac dot uk