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10 Dec 2021

Diversity Lens - Issue 106

Dec 10

Diversity Lens - Issue 106

Welcome to Diversity Lens.

I'm not sure about you, but I'd say it's been a fairly overwhelming week...
Whether its chaos in the political sphere, uncertainty around public health or the incredibly fast approaching festive period, there is lots going on! And a lot that might be jeopardising that 'christmassy' feeling.

A bit of good news this week however acts as a timely reminder to not just focus on the negatives - people, on the whole, tend towards good. Caring can be in fact be contagious.
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Will Roe v Wade be overturned, and what would this mean? The US abortion debate explained The Conversation

Roe v Wade, way back in 1973, guaranteed abortion as a constitutional right. Now, shockingly, this right is at stake in the US.

Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organisation addresses the Mississippi law that bans most abortions after just 15 weeks of pregnancy - a violation of Roe v Wade. Several other states have enacted similar laws in order to challenge Roe, such as Texas which ban most abortions after a mere 6 weeks (often before a woman even finds out she is pregnant).

Mississippi lawyers call for the Supreme Court to use their case to overturn Roe v Wade.

Thanks to Trump, conservatives hold a significant 6-3 majority of justices. It is therefore assumed that the Mississippi law will pass, but what about the bigger question mark over Roe v Wade?

The Conversation suggest that if abortion rights are returned to state power, abortion will become “a geographical lottery”. It is predicted that 22 states would move to ban or severely restrict abortion access.

1 in 4 American women will have an abortion before they are 45, disproportionately occurring in low income patients and in people of colour. The implications at stake are no less than devastating.
 
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Most rape victims in London drop their case within 1 month of speaking to police
Nearly two-thirds of London rape victims drop their complaint within a month of going to the police, report finds. 64% of complainants withdraw support for an investigation within 30 days, up from 18% two years ago. These early withdrawal numbers should prompt us to consider how police are handling victim/survivor interactions. Claire Waxman, London’s independent victims’ commissioner, said reasons could include their treatment by police and fears about ‘digital strip searching’, which required victims to divulge all their mobile phone data. A 2019 previous report by Waxman found just 3% of rape cases in London reached trial.
Historian David Olusoga awarded President’s Medal
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David Olusoga OBE has been Awarded the president's medal for his services to humanities and social sciences. The history professor, film-maker and broadcaster attained notoriety after his book, Black and British: A Forgotten History which sought to put the black experience back into British memory. The book was then made into a four-part BBC documentary in 2016. Olusoga is the 39th recipient of the award by the British Academy.
Disabled  driver makes electric charging point plea
Person at an electricity car charging point
David Gale, 38, from Lockerbie, has Becker muscular dystrophy, which causes his muscles to weaken and waste over time. He is due a new vehicle next year under the Motability scheme and would like it to be an electric one, but said too many charging points were unsuitable, with some of them being too small to allow him to open the door to get into a wheelchair. Transport Scotland is working with the Department for Transport, Motability and British Standards Institution on the development of accessible vehicle charge point standards.

"I don't want to be desperately needing to charge my car only to reach a charging point that I can't use because it hasn't been designed with disabled people in mind"

Here’s why people might discriminate against foreign accents – new research
Research into English speakers in the US and UK shows that a foreign accent is often perceived negatively. For example, people rate salespeople as less knowledgeable and convincing if they have an accent. Interestingly, the discrimination often seems to be independent of whether the accent of the speaker is perceived as desirable. People might discriminate against non-native speakers even if they are not prejudiced.
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Hybrid Tanked Work-Life Balance. Here’s How Microsoft Is Trying to Fix It.

Are you experiencing digital exhaustion? You’re not alone.

Microsoft found that one year into the pandemic, the average person sent 42% more time on Teams chats after hours, and Teams meeting times doubled. This non-stop digital communication has taken its toll on employee wellbeing. Microsoft found that “over-collaborating” can be a major driver of decreased work-life balance.

Read more about the strategies they’re rolling out to address this.
Boss says sorry for 'blundered' Zoom firing of 900 staff
A US mortgage company fired 900 staff via a Zoom meeting last week. The boss has since apologised for the method of communication. Mr Garg announced on the call: "If you're on this call you're part of the unlucky group being laid off”. A former employee described it as “excruciating”.
Read the cautionary tale.

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