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05 Nov 2021

Diversity Lens - Issue 101

Nov 5

Diversity Lens - Issue 101

Welcome to Diversity Lens.

There is a lot of important conversations to be had this week, from the commentary coming out of COP26 (and the memes), to the Guardian long read on a 'disabling world'.
We explore just a handful of these important stories in this week's Diversity Lens. What's on your mind this week? Submit a piece of your own or send us something that's stuck with you recently.
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"The high cost of living in a disabling world" The Guardian Long Read
"At times, it feels as if the disability rights movement won", Jan Grue writes for The Guardian. The advances that have been made in recent decades have been significant and life-changing. However, it is undeniable that the lived experiences of people with disabilities face many more obstacles than people without.

Jan describes in detail how she and her son have learned to navigate the high bolt on the playground fence, the intricate shifting of balance, the joint effort and wheelchair operations it involves.

Such a simple, thoughtless act for many is a complex operation for Jan.
The UN Convention On the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was first signed in 2007 with the vision that disabled people should be able to participate fully in society.

What this mean in reality, Jan digs into.

She comes up against countless barriers in her day-to-day movements, navigating a world that was not built for non-walking people. So she asks herself: "what does the utopian city look like, the one in which I participate 'on an equal basis with others?'".

Listen to this article here.
"I can see, just about, the absence of barriers that are clearly barriers, leftovers from a time when being able to walk was an absolute requirement for citizenship."
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Text: IN OTHER NEWS. Background image shows picture of protestors.

As world leaders gather in Glasgow this week for COP26, climate advocates have raised their voices in response to the climate emergency.

However, young activists from across the globe have been pushing for change for many years, putting pressure on those in positions of power to also consider the direct link between racial inequality and the disproportionate impacts of climate change. Read on to hear from the inspiring young black activists at the forefront of this fight.
A new proposed law in Ghana would make it illegal to be LGBTQIA+ in the country, or even an advocate for the community. Penalties could see prison sentences as long as 10 years. Queer advocacy groups are campaigning against the move but have faced a lot of pushback, from a spike in anti-queer violence to their community centre being raided and closed down.

UN human rights experts have called on the Ghanaian government to reject the bill.
Neurodiverse conditions are most likely to be diagnosed in childhood, however the diagnosis process is still deeply flawed.
Research shows that the label “moderate learning difficulties” is being overused and that specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, are less likely to be identified. Without these specific diagnoses, children will not receive the correct, tailored support they require to thrive. More training is needed within education and healthcare to spot specific learning difficulties.
"The overlap between various conditions is not unravelled; the whole child – the full gamut of their individual needs – is not considered."
Text: ENTER THE WORK SPHERE. Background image shows picture of protestors.

The latest data by the Office for National Statistics reported that UK job vacancies are at a record high, reaching 1.1m.

However, a recent survey has found that companies need to improve working conditions to prevent an exodus of unhappy staff. Findings revealed that a shocking one in four workers were considering quitting their jobs in the next couple months over reasons such as low pay, long hours and poor mental health.10 mins
"When companies reject applicants based on cultural fit, they are likely perpetuating racism, ageism and sexism in the process"
The high levels of unemployment caused by the pandemic, and TikTok's growing ubiquity, has pushed the Gen Z generation to find new ways of getting hired. Job seekers started posting short TikTok videos showcasing their experiences and skills with the hashtag #TikTokResumes and #CareerTok which have over 70m views. Big companies such as Target, Chipotle and WWE have embraced the growing trend of hiring candidates via the video sharing platform.
You can check out our very own TikTok here!
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This event hosted by HeadsUp Harrow will take place during anti-bullying week. Their report found that young people are feeling disconnected following the effects of the pandemic; this conference will look at how we re-connect young people and create a culture of belonging with workshops, a keynote speaker, and a platform for young voices.Register for free!

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