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04 Mar 2022

Diversity Lens - Issue 116

Mar 4

Diversity Lens - Issue 116

Welcome to Diversity Lens.

This week in our Lunch and Learn, we visited the issue of Burnout and how important it is to take a moment to pause and self-reflect. It's been two years since the pandemic completely changed the conditions of our day to day, with more of us working from home than ever before. On top of this world chaos, work associated stress levels have either stayed the same or in many cases worsened. It's important to both you and your organisation that you avoid burning yourself out. So be kind to yourself and remember that anyone can be affected by burnout, not just the Executives of the world!
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"Covering Ukraine: A mean streak of racist exceptionalism"Aljazeera
Refugees from many countries including in Africa, the Middle East and India - mostly students of Ukrainian universities - are seen at the Medyka pedestrian border crossing in eastern Poland

"The warm welcome accorded to white Ukrainian refugees by Ukraine’s neighbours in the European Union is in sharp contrast to the hostile reception experienced by people of other races"

Western news outlets have been criticised by coverage of the Ukraine war deemed ‘racist’. Many journalists appear to have not shied away from the fact that they are treating Ukrainian civilians and refugees in a very different light to other war-torn countries, slightly further away.

Considered side by side with media coverage of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria or Yemen, the contrast is stark. The reason behind this appears to be that those affected in this case are European and “white”. Indeed one reporter for NBC News claimed this openly, stating: “These are not refugees from Syria, these are refugees from Ukraine… They’re Christian, they’re white, they’re very similar [to us].” The implications here are quite shocking.

Neighbouring countries of Ukraine, and further afield, have displayed admirable behaviour in opening up their borders and welcoming those fleeing from their country.

Yet we must take this with a pinch of salt, not forgetting the history of hostility Europe has in it’s treatment of non-white refugees. Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov distinguished the Ukrainians as “intelligent people, educated people” as a reason for not fearing this particular wave of immigration.

Indeed, many people of colour attempted to flee across the Ukrainian border have not been welcomed with the same ardour, with reports of Black and Asian civilians being pushed to the back of the queue and denied the same access.

This type of widespread media commentary contributes to a dangerous narrative that normalises war and tragedy in certain parts of the world as “somehow normal and expected”.

 
Text: IN OTHER NEWS. Background image shows picture of protestors.
https://gal-dem.com/ukraine-russia-conflict-lgbtq-resist/
Graffiti by Queer Rebels in Kyiv – images courtesy of Queer Rebels
Despite the particular dangers the queer community face in a Russia-invaded Ukraine, many have chosen to stay put in their homeland. Zhenya, a non-binary activist, recounts how Ukraine's LGBTQIA+ community is mobilising: "Some of the queer community are fighting in the war, while others are helping with supplies and donating blood to medical centres". Prior to the invasion, young queer people in Ukraine have been laying the foundations for a brighter future by organising large-scale Pride marches, hosting queer parties, and fighting for equal marriage and adoption rights. The war threatens to reverse this important progress.
‘I’m considering not having kids’: Staff at UK universities speak of impact of pension cut
Staff protesting over pension cuts
Many university staff anticipate retiring on less than half of what they were previously assured due to an ongoing pension struggle. Take Jason Slade who expects his retirement income to fall from £24k to £14k per year. Other examples are considerably worse, such as Dominic Hinde, who is now compelled to work until he is 70 and is considering not having children in order to preserve money. The changes agreed upon by universities last week meant that bosses had “chosen to steal tens of thousands from the retirement income of staff”, the union claims.
The space of Ace

"My space as an asexual has always been questioned and introspected, and even ignored."

TW: underage sexual assault.

This intimate first person account details coming to terms with an asexual identity and living outside of the gender binary. A historically misunderstood sexual identity, the writer wants others “to understand the unusual and understand who I am”. The writer recounts being exposed to “sexual curiosity” since a very young age, against their will. Since, they’ve tackled many misperceptions about asexuality and encourage readers to respect all identities, rather than questioning its validity.

This week is Eating Disorders Awareness Week which, this year, is calling for all UK medical schools to introduce proper training on eating disorders. Did you know that GPs on average receive less than 2 hours training on eating disorders? Check out our post for more information, and what you can do to help.

more than one in three (34%)  uk adults can not name any signs or symptoms OF EATING DISORDERS
it's not only young, white women: Black teenagers are 50% more likely to experience bulimia symptoms than their white counterparts. LGBTQIA+ individuals are more likely to experience eating disorders in their lifetime due to the unique challenges they face. Gay adult men are 7 times more likely to report binging, and 12 times more likely to report purging than hereosexual men. Men make up 25% of people suffering with anorexia. Because they are often diagnosed later than women, they are at higher risk of dying.
THIS HARMFUL STEREOTYPING MEANS THAT PEOPLE OF COLOUR, MEN AND LGBTQIA+ PEOPLE ARE LESS LIKELY TO RECEIVE TREATMENT FROM GPS DESPITE SHOWING THE SAME SYMPTOMS AS THEIR WHITE OR FEMALE COUNTERPARTS
BEAT is the UK's leading eating disorder charity who organise Eating Disorders Awareness Week to raise awareness and campaign to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders. BEAT Helpline: 0808 801 0677 beateatingdisorders.co.uk
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The Inclusive Employer Spotlight: AEG Europe
We’re delighted to be working with AEG Europe – and here’s why! They are an organisation truly committed to fostering an inclusive culture, working to ensure their teams reflect the diversity of their community.

Looking for a new opportunity at a workplace where your voice will help drive change? Have a look at AEG’s open roles on Diversifying.io and apply!
 
People working from home ‘are more likely to be spied on by their boss’
Approximately 60% of UK workers are exposed to some type of employer monitoring at their most recent employment. Monitoring of emails, files, work webcams and tracking of when and how much a worker types and calls are all examples of surveillance. During the pandemic, workplace monitoring technology allegedly took off as firms turned to more remote work. The Trades Union Congress (TUC), which represents 5.5 million members from 48 unions in England and Wales, discovered that the majority of workers want tighter regulations against the surveillance.
MPs awarded £2,200 pay rise as Britain faces cost of living squeeze
MP Zara Sultana public speaking
The salary increase shocks as many families struggle to meet rising gas, electric and food costs. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer says the pay rise should not go ahead given the circumstances, while MP Zara Sultana pledges to donate her extra £2,200 to food banks and charities. Richard Lloyd, IPSA’s chair, defends the move, saying “It is right that MPs are paid fairly for the responsibility and the unseen work they do" - but should the now £84,144 salary comes at a time when so many low-income workers are struggling to make ends meet?
EVENT: Break the gender bias with Diversifying: International Women's Day 2022
Attendees are invited to celebrate with us as we shine a light on the brilliant efforts that our inspiring speakers are making to advance gender equality and break down gender biases across different industries and around the globe.

Please join us on Zoom at 5:30pm GMT to tune into the exciting discussion. There will be opportunities throughout the event to ask questions to our panellists and chat with other attendees. Will we see you there? Spaces going fast!

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