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31 Jan 2020

Diversity Lens - Issue 11

Jan 31

Diversity Lens - Issue 11

Diversity Lens

Welcome to Diversity Lens, the newsletter from BAME Recruitment and! We’re excited to be bringing you all the latest news and opinions about recruitment and the world of diversity and inclusion.
Latest News

What Flexible Working Means to Me
BAME Recruitment Head of Talent Operations, Caroline talks about her experiences of being a mother working flexibly and the challenges she has encountered. Click the photo to hear Caroline’s story.

Who Runs the World? First female President of Greece elected
Greece has officially elected human rights activist and high court judge Katerina Sakellaropoulou as their new President. This is the second time President-elect Sakellaropoulou has broken down barriers. She was the first woman to serve as the President of the Council of State, which is Greece’s foremost administrative court. This achievement provides hope for more women in Greece and beyond that they should be encouraged to take up senior positions in government and other sectors. According to the European Institute for Gender Equality, Greece has been behind when it comes to women in senior positions, so this pivotal move will hopefully serve as a catalyst to push equality forward. This is also an opportunity for the President-elect to tackle issues such as the gender pay gap, which according to Eurostat stood at 12% in 2017.

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Women's Sport Trust launches campaign to push for 'greater ambition' in 2020s
The Women's Sport Trust has launched a campaign which will pair 40 elite athletes from 24 sports with leading figures from business, sport and the media. Sportswomen on the programme include Rio Olympic hockey gold medallist Maddie Hinch, England and Manchester City goalkeeper Karen Bardsley, England netballer Sasha Corbin and racing driver Alice Powell. The campaign is part of a wider push to see more female role models and female athletes, something the industry has been criticised for in recent years. Boxer Stacey Copeland said: "Most female athletes are not only concerned about their own sporting ambition but about what impact we can have as role-models and on the future of women's sport.

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Time to Talk Day 2020
Time to Talk Day is fast approaching on February 6th.The day was created to promote discussion about mental health. Mental ill-health is something that can affect anyone, from any background. When we enjoy good mental health, we have a sense of purpose and the energy to do the things we want to do, and the ability to deal with the challenges that happen in our lives. Without this we can feel stressed out and unable to complete tasks. Mental health openness in the workplace is essential for people to feel their authentic selves. Get involved today by having conversations at work about mental health, click the photo below to download a pack of information for getting started.

Who is Your Inspiration?
At BAME Recruitment, we've created a series of short videos highlighting people that inspire our team members. This episode Talent Acquisition Consultant, Miguel talks about his inspiration - George Orwell and his promotion of #diversityofthought. Click on the picture of George/Miguel to check it out.
Who is your inspiration? - Miguel x George Orwell
Diversity and Inclusion Insights

RBS boss sets aside £1bn for female entrepreneurs
RBS’ new boss Alison Rose has announced £1bn in funding through Natwest to support female entrepreneurs in the UK. Rose will aim to support the creation of 50,000 startups by 2023 by inspiring half a million people to consider starting a business, of whom at least 60 per cent will be women. Rose said: “By tackling the most important issues facing our entrepreneurs, we can make a real difference to those who need it most, especially in female-led businesses.” Click on the picture of Rose to read more about this fantastic initiative.

Story of the Week

Bringing up a Sweet Generation
Amy Chasan, the owner and founder of a bakery called Sweet Generation in Manhattan’s East Village, New York City is giving back to the younger generation through her internship program ‘RISE’ – (Reach, Inspire, Shape and Elevate). Amy formerly worked in youth development and education and has combined her passion for teaching and baking to create RISE. The aim is to teach young people important life skills and professional development through working in the bakery, partaking in career development and entrepreneurial thinking workshops. Young people from marginalised communities, especially people of colour and those from low income households are their biggest employees. Since its inception RISE has helped over a 100 young people and counting. Click on the photo below to read more about the difference RISE has made. .

Featured Video

Deaf business owner, Julio Rodriguez and his team have found a solution for the deaf community. They developed SquareGlow, a smart home assistive technology brand that transforms a restricted hearing environment into a complete Deaf-friendly environment anywhere!
Home technology that assists the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Inspirational Person of the Week

Jack Guinness
Starting tomorrow throughout the month of February is LGBT+ History Month. The month aims to promote acceptance and raise awareness of the prejudices that are still faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans+ people.
The Queer Bible, is a fantastic online magazine promoting gay history, created by model Jack Guinness. Jack began his career as a fashion model and was featured in advertisement campaigns for L'Oreal, Dunhill, and Dolce & Gabbana. He set up the Queer Bible to reveal LGBT+ history which has so often been hidden or erased, engage the community with innovative content and encourage LGBT+ people to look forward to the future. The site uses mainly queer writers and illustrators to discuss their heroes. “I wanted to honour all the trailblazers who have fought for my rights on my behalf,” says Guinness. “The ones everybody has heard of, but also some of the overlooked characters.” Check out The Queer Bible by clicking on the photo below.


Join us on 20th February for our #BetterAllies Event
BAME Recruitment is supporting LGBTQ+ History month with an exciting event open to EVERYONE including the LGBT+ community and especially anyone keen to discuss how to be a better ally to their colleagues from the LGBTQ+ community. The event will highlight ways that allies and LGBTQ+ people can work together on making the workplace more inclusive and supportive. Get your FREE tickets by clicking on the picture below.

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