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22 Mar 2022

Diversity Lens - Issue 118

Mar 22

Diversity Lens - Issue 118

Welcome to Diversity Lens.

Introducing our new segment: cultural pick of the week. Along with all our usual news stories spanning across diverse topics of social importance, we want to share with you what we've been watching, listening to, visiting, or talking about this week. What's your pick of the week?


Turning Red, from Domee Shi, is the very first Pixar feature-length film directed by a woman. Now available to watch on Disney Plus, we think it's the perfect time to get excited about Pixar again.

In Turning Red, a Canadian-Chinese teen, Meilin Lee, navigates the turbulence of puberty as communicated by Lee transforming into a red panda whenever she experiences an extreme of emotion, whether it's anger, embarrassment or lust. While critics will attempt to pigeon-hole the story, we'd argue it's relatable to all who've experience those awkward adolescence days. For those of us who lived through the iconic Lizzie McGuire days, Shi cites this as a strong influence. Shi herself is an incredible inspiration, beginning with Pixar as an intern 11 years ago, now breaking brand new ground.
"A Review: Bafta-winning Guardian documentary 'The Black Cop'"A blog piece by Barish Mata, Marketing Assistant
Promotional poster for The Black Cop with an image of Gamal Turawa in police uniform.

"G’s life experience speaks for many minorities in the UK. The abuse he faced as a child, the confusion of identity as an adult, and the desire to be accepted by others." Barish Mata

The Metropolitan Police have been in the news a lot in recent years, for arguably more bad than good. This short film, and it’s major recognition, arrives at a pertinent moment to illustrate some of the difficulties from inside the force, in a frank and searing light.

G grew up in a time when many West African children and babies were cared for by private foster parents, since their own were working or studying. It was entirely permissible to place a kid in care without telling the authorities during this period. This practice was informally known as "farming", white families being paid to care for black children.

Some children predictably struggled with identity and discrimination, while many had a great experience – G can identify with both. "I see a mixture of joy and sadness”, he recounts.

G transitions from living with his foster mother in an all-white setting to meeting his father and moving to an all-black one, where he struggles to comprehend the new dynamics of living: the cuisine was different, the people were different, the language was different.

The majority of people of mixed heritages and backgrounds, including myself, can immediately identify with G's struggle to assimilate into cultural norms. I was born in Congo and spent a large portion of my childhood moving between countries and families, before meeting my dad. I recall the first time I met him: around six years old with no idea how to respond or even whether he was indeed my dad.

Continue reading the full blog post by Barish Mata...

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How to support Ukrainian refugees arriving in the UK
A mother fleeing Ukraine with her baby. Credit: Alex Chan Tsz Yuk/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty
When the UK's scheme to house Ukrainian refugees in the UK opened, the site crashed due to the volume of visitors. Within five hours, 44,000 people had registered interest in opening their home to a refugee. This overwhelming uptake from UK citizens sits in stark contrast to the slow response from government to the crisis. At the moment, the scheme still requires you to know the name of a refugee you would like to help, but there are plans to expand this to support Ukrainians with no UK connections. Refugees will still need to submit a simplified version of a visa application, unlike EU countries.

poll for the Observer suggested that almost one in three Britons might be willing to invite a refugee to live with them.

Disabled people facing ‘impossible choices to survive’ in cost of living crisis
Becky and John Whinnerah with their daughter Ava, who is disabled, at their home in Reading. Photograph: Peter Flude/The Guardian
More than 200,000 disabled people may be denied vital support as the UK prepares itself for an increase in energy and food prices, as well as cuts to government help. There are concerns that people living with disabilities will have to cut back in key areas in order to prioritise "lifesaving" medical equipment. Leading disability and poverty charities including Scope and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation are encouraging government assistance to disabled people disproportionately affected by the cost of living issue. This crisis comes at a time of a potential removal of the Warm Home Discount for people on disability benefits.
Are You Straight Or Is It Just ‘Compulsory Heterosexuality’?
There is a widespread misconception throughout Western culture that everyone is heterosexual or cisgender until proven differently. Unlearning what society has implanted in you from an early age is a necessary aspect of discovering who you are and what your sexuality is. The term 'compulsory heterosexuality' refers to the way in which a patriarchal, heteronormative culture socially trains women to regard interactions and ties with males as romantic or sexual. With over 112 million views, the term "compulsory heterosexuality" (or 'comphet' for short) is well recognised on TikTok, where TikTokers share their stories and demonstrate support for the LGBTQIA+ community.
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The Inclusive Employer Spotlight: Macmillan Cancer Support
TECH FOR CHANGE: Macmillan Careers

Find out how Technology and Data at Macmillan makes a real impact on the lives of people living with cancer.

This International Women's Month, we're all about campaigning for continued progression towards intersectional gender equality, whilst reflecting on and celebrating the success stories of women.

If you're looking for a fulfilling role in which you can make a real impact on people's lives, or want to hear about how Macmillan's approach to EDI, join us on the 23rd March 2022 at 1pm (GMT) to find out more.
‘We are eager to help’: UK firms from Marks & Spencer to Vodafone offer Ukrainian refugees jobs
In a bid to support Ukrainians fleeing their country, a number of large organisations are offering jobs to the refugees. From Pret to Morrisons to Asos, the roles vary from store managers to IT engineering positions. Circle Health Group, the UK’s largest independent healthcare provider, will offer up to 500 work visas and their CEO has said "We are eager to help in some small way and stand with the Ukrainian people in this moment of unspeakable suffering."
Nearly all FTSE 100 boards have met ethnic diversity target, review says
While experts urge caution not to stop at 'one and done', progress is being made in diversity at the highest level. Prompted by a government-backed target, nearly all top UK firms have at least one board member from an ethnic minority background. The FTSE 250 firms are also on track to meet their target by 2024, with more than half already meeting the requirements.

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