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14 May 2022

Diversity Lens - Issue 125

May 14

Diversity Lens - Issue 125

Welcome to Diversity Lens.

Cynthia Davis - founder of Diversifying, diversity activist and all round source of inspiration - is nominated for Entrepreneur of Excellence in the National Diversity Awards.

Cynthia has made it her mission to create equal career opportunities for all. She began her business after the realisation that her daughter would be met with the same career challenges as she had experienced as a woman of colour. Consequently, she left her secure and successful career as a recruiter behind in a quest for a more inclusive, ambitious vision. We all share that vision for equality here.
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Film: Everything Everywhere All At Once, selected cinemas

There is little you can say about this film without giving too much away. It’s a truly wild ride of a movie with surprises and delights at every turn. The narrative centres on an Asian American family who run a laundromat, but it does something entirely new and wacky with this set-up. Instead of perpetuating stereotypes, this film explores endless alternative lives and versions of the characters which can be interpreted as a metaphor for “the immigrant Asian American experience”. Michelle Yeoh plays the central character, initially envisioned for Jackie Chan, and is spectacular - the 60-year-old Asian American superhero we didn’t know we needed.

 
"Employers are signing up to pay the

‘real living wage’ at a record rate"
 The Guardian
In response to the cost of living crisis we're seeing unfolding rapidly, more UK employers than ever are pledging to pay a “real living wage”.

The Living Wage Foundation independently calculates the minimum wage necessitated in accordance with the cost of living, currently set at £9.90 in most of the UK, and £11.05 in London. Almost half of the employers part of foundation have signed up since March 2020, and one in 13 UK workers work for an employer who pays the real living wage or higher.

The work of the foundation is essential in this day and age, holding employers responsible as inflation reaches record highs.
The Queen's speech this week was shockingly absent of any measures to combat the concerning economic landscape, arguably one of the biggest challenges facing the UK today. Similarly, the government has cited it as "top priority" but provides no new support while one in five households with children are struggling to put food on the table.

Meanwhile this week, Tory MP Lee Anderson claims food banks are not necessary in the UK, rather there is just a lack of cooking and budgeting skills. On top of this, Dartford tories had an opening party for a new food bank, cutting a ribbon with smiling faces, and even tucking into a buffet to celebrate.
 
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Home Office admits LGBT refugees sent to Rwanda could face persecution on basis of sexual orientation
The home office has admitted that LGBTQIA+ refugees who are deported to Rwanda could be persecuted based on their sexual orientation. This has come after the release of their equality impact assessment which was published on Monday. Plans to send LGBTQIA+ refugees to Rwanda remain steadfast, despite concerns voiced by the central Africa director at Human Rights Watch and the UK spokesperson for UNHCR, which supports asylum seekers.

The assessment also admits that LGBTQIA+ individuals, as well as people from Middle Eastern countries, face "discrimination in the asylum decision-making”. The Home Office plans to begin notifying the migrants this week of relocation to Rwanda, with the first flights scheduled to take place in the coming months.

“Trans individuals are at particular risk – gender reassignment is illegal. There are no legal rights for same-sex couples, there’s no same-sex marriage. Discrimination is widespread."
Daniel Sohege, expert in international refugee law

Ncuti Gatwa’s Doctor Who casting is Black excellence in action
Ncuti Gatwa smiling
News of Ncuti Gatwa's casting as the next Doctor Who has been met with pure joy across the internet. Gatwa is widely known as the star of Netflix show Sex Education, harnessing a large fan base who are undoubtedly flocking to the long-running time travelling series - perhaps returning after some time, or for the very first time. The lead of the longest-running sci-fi show in the world is Black, and that is exciting for a lot of people. With Russell T Davies rejoining the writing ensemble, new life is being breathed back into Doctor Who.

"This casting makes me think about Black and brown kids now who may soon brandish a pen, pretending it’s a sonic screwdriver, in a way I never could."

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to give books to refugee children
Thanks to a new partnership between Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and Penguin Random House, 200 refugee children in London will receive a book every month until their fifth birthday. Francesca Dow, managing director of children's books at Penguin Random House, remarked, "Books are vital to building understanding and creating a sense of belonging.” Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, which was established in 1995, has been providing free books to children since its inception. In 2021, the global organisation distributed more than 618,000 books to children in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
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The Inclusive Employer Spotlight: Blue Cross
Blue Cross is a charity that needs no introduction! You may know they have been helping pets since 1897, but did you know that they’re also strong advocates for diversity, equity and inclusion?

With a dedicated EDI group working to make their workplace more equitable, they are creating a truly people-led EDI culture.

Browse opportunities with Blue Cross on Diversifying.
Recognizing and Responding to Microaggressions at Work
Microaggressions typically target traditionally marginalised identity groups, however, these harmful actions can occur to anyone, regardless of background or professional status. Improving our ability to recognise and respond to microaggressions is a journey that has a significant impact on our mental health and well-being at work. Creating workplace cultures that are more inclusive and culturally competent requires each of us to examine our own biases in order to become aware of them. This article covers how to recognise and become more aware of microaggressions, responding to them, and more. While some are more overt than others, you may be contributing to hostility at work without being aware of it.
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Nickie Aiken, a Conservative representative, is advocating for new workplace protections for women undergoing IVF. This would make it illegal for employers to fire or suspend female employees who are attempting to conceive using IVF treatment and would establish a legal right to time off for fertility-related medical appointments. Approximately 50,000 women undergo IVF each year. Aiken confirmed that many women feel compelled to 'cover up' the fact that they are attending medical appointments, which she warned could contribute to 'the stress that may result in ineffective treatment.'
Satisfying the Gen Z workforce can help every other working generation
As they compete in a fierce labour market and seek the most effective means of connecting with the upcoming generation of workers, many employers face difficulty recruiting new talent. Generation Z, comprised of those born between the mid-to-late 1990s and the early 2010s, is a peculiar group, according to experts, who are perplexing many employers that are counting on them to fill critical workforce gaps. The Gen Z generation are rightly empowered to seek a workforce with a healthy work-life balance with values that align to their own, perhaps more so than their previous generation. Some employers are struggling to keep up.

Among Gen Z workers, 77% want to work for a company with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and 73% believe that people should be allowed to express themselves freely, authentically and spontaneously at work.

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