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21 Jan 2022

Diversity Lens - Issue 110

Jan 21

Diversity Lens - Issue 110

Welcome to Diversity Lens.

What are your preconceptions of meditation?

In this week's 'lunch and learn' at Diversifying, we explored this together. In a session led by team member Evelkah, we came from all different levels of experience and all found some value in taking a step back from our day and centring our minds. Meditation can take all shapes and forms, whether you're crossed legs and chanting, or just closing your eyes for a moment, you might be surprised at what you can gain from building the practice into your routine. Apps like Headspace or Calm can be great starting points. Will you give it a go?

"On the frontline of the cost of living crisis" Today In Focus, The Guardian
Person in supermarket, looking anxiously at the shelves.

“It’s a year like no other,” Hilary Osborne, the Guardian’s money and consumer editor, says. Food, clothing, housing, transportation, heating, energy - the cost of all are rapidly rising. Meanwhile, wages fail to keep pace and the national insurance surcharge approaches. This brings us to the ‘cost of living crisis’ dominating headlines this week.

The Guardian talk to single mother Amie Jordan who is feeling the rises acutely, like many other low income households. Amie is particularly anxious about supporting her son through the winter months, and has begun skipping meals in response to rising grocery costs.

Amie has had to forfeit any kind of luxuries now in order to just get by: “It’s demoralising constantly”.

Last week saw an energy supplier brazenly suggest people could do "a few star jumps" or "cuddle with your pets or loved ones" to stay warm. They have since apologised.

Experts have warned that inflation will continue to rise and dominate the year ahead, with millions set to be worse-off in 2022. The Big Issue break down the price hikes we're seeing and offer some practical support options for those that are struggling.
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Government defeated 14 times as Lords throw out anti-protest laws
Crowd at a 'kill the bill' protest holding placards.
This week peers voted to reject controversial anti-protest provisions in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill; they voted against measures such as making "locking on" a crime, limiting rallies because they were too loud, and granting police the ability to stop and search without suspicion. Several measures which would have resulted in a maximum sentence of 51 weeks in prison were voted down, including a violation of the "protest ASBOs", blocking roadways and “Serious Disruption Prevention Orders”, which would have stopped certain people from going to protests.

"It is an authoritarian attack on the fundamental liberties of our citizens [...] if enacted in past generations, it would have throttled the suffragettes and blocked their ability to rattle Parliament’s cage to secure votes for women.”

Tennis aces Serena and Naomi are the most abused players on the circuit, research says

Athletes in the spotlight are no stranger to online abuse, but the amount of negativity is not distributed equally. Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka are the "most trolled" tennis players according to research. An analysis from Pickwise collected all tweets directed at professional tennis players in order to shine a light on the abuse major athletes encounter day-to-day off the courts. Naomi Osaka was the most abused tennis player on Twitter in 2021, receiving a daunting 32,415 mentions that had a negative sentiment. Serena Williams came in second with 18,118 toxic tweets.

Misogyny towards women’s sport common among male football fans, study finds
Two players from the England Women's Football team
A study led by Durham University found that two thirds of male football fans harbour "hostile, sexist or misogynistic attitudes" towards women's sports. The results were found to be irrespective of age and indicated a misogyny among sports fans that persists despite a seemingly more progressive environment. 68% of respondents suggested that women should not participate in mainstream sports at all, or should pursue more 'feminine' sporting options.
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Four-day working week pilot launched in the UK
A four-day work week with no loss in pay for employees is a dream about to become a reality for some. 30 UK companies are expected to take part in the six month pilot which will run alongside other trials across the US, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Researchers will measure the impact on productivity, the wellbeing of workers, and the environment. There are already several studies that show the benefits, such as Microsoft's Japan office which saw a 40% boost in productivity. The four-day week pilot encourages companies to value employees’ wellbeing and the work being produced instead of simply measuring how long people are at work.

"This scheme has tremendous potential to progress from conversations about the general advantages of a shorter working week to focussed discussions on how organisations can implement it in the best possible way."

'As a black woman in STEM I'm used for photo opportunities'. Source: BBC
Smiling image of Cynthia Chapple
Cynthia Chapple identifies the phenomenon of 'photoshop diversity' - using a person of colour for a photo opportunity, purely to tick a visual diversity box. Chapple recalls experiencing this as a Chemistry teacher, pulled into a photo with a team she barely had contact with: "I was embarrassed", she admits. Cynthia met this lack of diversity in STEM head-on, and in 2015, she founded Black Girls Do STEM, a scheme that aims to make these subjects more accessible, and providing classes and mentorship opportunities for young girls.
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