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May 20 2022

Diversity Lens - Issue 126

Welcome to Diversity Lens.

Are you heading to a festival this summer? The Safer Spaces campaign are upping their support to combat sexual violence at large scale music events.

Hundreds of festivals have joined the campaign this year to both raise awareness of and mitigate against acts of sexual violence. The Association of Independent Festivals provide messaging, resources and practices for festival-goers, and champion a clear "survivor-led approach". As well as advising on best practice and procedures for the organisers, AIF have provided guidance on how to be an active bystander - take a read ahead of the festival season.
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TikTok: Lucy Edwards

Global Accessibility Awareness Day has passed, but we continue to promote accessibility awareness. Lucy 'British Blind Girl' Edwards, one of TikTok's influencers, teaches the world about living with blindness.

Lucy has over 1.7 million TikTok followers, and she established her channel a year ago to educate others since she was repeatedly questioned, “Do you know how you look?" "How does a blind person socially distance?" "How does a blind person pick up guide-dog poop?”.

Lucy explains the methods, tools, and resources she employs to increase awareness of disabilities.

Explore some of these to see if there are any that you are familiar with or that you may find useful.

 
"The motherhood penalty: How

childcare and paternity leave can

reduce the gender pay gap"
 World Economic Forum
Joeli Brearley was four months pregnant when her employer informed her that she was no longer needed. She had told her boss only two days before that she was pregnant. Brearley was unable to dispute the discrimination since a routine doctor's visit revealed she was pregnant with a high-risk baby and had to avoid any stress.

For 18 months, the experience "ate away" at her until she channelled her wrath into a global campaign and a book: 'The Parenting Penalty: How to prevent motherhood from destroying your career.' In it, Brearley discusses the issues women confront in the workplace and what must be altered so that mothers can obtain rewarding employment.

Sociologists coined the phrase "motherhood penalty" to define the systematic disadvantage women face in the job upon becoming mothers, in terms of income, perceived competence, and benefits. Consider, how often the discussion of if a man has children or not becomes relevant in the workplace, compared to women?

According to studies, the maternity penalty accounts for 80% of the gender difference. The gender wage difference for women in their 20s and younger is not significant, but it begins to increase about age 30.

 
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The UK continues to slip down in the annual European rating of LGBTQ+ rights. The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association Europe (ILGA-Europe) ranks the United Kingdom 14th out of 49 nations in their annual "rainbow map." Katrin Hugendubel, director of ILGA-Europe, describes the trajectory as a "sad reminder that when governments don’t stand strong on their commitments to advance minority rights, a powerful opposition can use that space to spread hate and division".

"Years of progress on LGBTQ+ policy that was achieved under successive administrations has been rapidly eroded by a UK government that has taken its foot off the pedal".

Executive director of Stonewall, Nancy Kelley

Yasmin Finney as Elle Argent in Heartstopper. Photograph: Netflix
Hurray for Russell T Davies being back in the Doctor Who writer's seat! His return is met with an exciting fresh direction. First, with Ncuti Gatwa cast as the new doctor, and now Yasmin Finney joins the cast as Rose, a black, trans 18-year-old. The Guardian calls out inevitable complaints that this is "political correctness gone mad", pointing out with wonderful sarcasm that "There is no way on earth that a shapeshifting ancient alien god and an interdimensional explorer trapped in a parallel dimension should be played by anything other than a white British guy and the woman from I Hate Suzie respectively."

Adèle Haenel, a French actress, is leaving the film industry, claiming she can no longer participate in something that "defends a capitalist, patriarchal, racist, sexist, and structurally unequal world." Haenel has appeared most notably in Céline Sciamma's Portrait of a Lady on Fire, a queer and historical romantic drama. Haenel had been expected to star in the forthcoming science-fiction film by director Bruno Dumont, but after unsuccessful conversations with Dumont regarding the script, she stated that she had to withdraw due to the film's "racist premise." It's a shocking move from Haenal, and a sad one considering her breathtaking performance in Portrait of a Lady on Fire, which must cause us to question how much the industry has truly changed

"If I stayed today in this film industry, I would be a kind of feminist guarantee to this masculine and patriarchal industry."

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Beauty Pie believe that every single one of us deserves more of the good stuff - and that includes in the workplace! They are committed to building teams with unique identities and perspectives, and are looking for more talented people to join their beauty revolution.

 

Could you see yourself as part of their team and help them deliver happiness to all their customers? Check out their open roles on Diversifying.

The Impact Rankings for 2022 have been published by the Times Higher Education. These rankings, amongst other things, reveal which unis in the world are the best for gender equality. Topping the list this year is Chiang Mai University in Thailand; Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is ranked fourth and number one in the UK. GCU has 52% female senior academic staff. Professor Pamela Gillies, the head of GCU and its vice chancellor, said, "These results show that our university is one of the best in the world." The ranking gives each university a score based on "their research on the study of gender equality, their policies on gender equality, and their commitment to hiring and promoting women."

As many start to return to the office, the major question is whether working from home or the office is more cost-effective. Due to the cost of living problems and pandemic, Confused.com found that, on average, it is cheaper for UK office workers to work from home. Inflation is currently at a 40-year high of 9 percent, energy prices are increasing, and child care costs have skyrocketed. We have to be aware that this may not be the case for everyone, so it’s better for everyone to perform the calculations and compare their spending patterns from when they were in the office and when they started working from home.

 
   
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