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14 Feb 2020

Diversity Lens - Issue 13

Feb 14

Diversity Lens - Issue 13

Diversity Lens

Happy Valentine's Day and welcome to Diversity Lens, the newsletter from BAME Recruitment and Diversifying.io! We’re excited to be bringing you all the latest news and opinions about recruitment and the world of diversity and inclusion.
 
Featured Video
#Whatsyourname Starbucks advert raises money for trans charity
International coffee chain Starbucks has released a new advert in time for LGBTQ+ History month. The advert titled Every Name's a Story with the accompanying hashtag #whatsyourname has received praise and acclaim for its message of a trans man using their name for the first time. Starbucks is also selling mermaid cookies to support UK trans children's charity - Mermaids. Watch the moving film here.
Starkbuck's new advert raises money for a charity supporting transgender people
 
Latest News

Blind photographer uses photography as an ode to his loss
When Pete Eckert started going blind, he decided to express his feelings of loss into art and photography. Eckert's images aren't simply metaphors for blindness, they are an attempt to show how non-sighted people view the world. Eckert claims to be able to see "light" emanating from his own bones, something he compares to the "phantom limb" sensation experienced by some amputees. To read more and see more of his extraordinary work, click the photo below.




Call for more diversity in the gaming industry
Diversity is a "necessity" if the gaming industry is to continue to grow, says the Gaming Industry Body. Only around one in 10 people working in the UK industry are from ethnically diverse backgrounds - slightly higher than the national working average. However women make up less than 30% of the workforce. Diversity in the creative industries is a hot topic at the moment, after Joaquin Phoenix spoke out about the lack of diversity in the film industry at the recent BAFTA film awards. In response to the recent findings, the UK Interactive Entertainment Trading Body (UKIE) says it will sign up 200 UK games companies, which covers 50% of the workforce to their #raisethegame pledge by 2021. The pledge aims to make diversity an essential part of the gaming industry by making them inclusive workplaces. Companies like EA, Facebook, Jagex, King and Xbox have signed up already. To find out more, click on the photo below.




Black and in the police, feeling out of place
In March 2019 it was reported that 93% of police officers in England and Wales were white, compared to only 1.2% who were black, and 6.9% who were BAME overall. There has been a slight increase over the past decade - in 2009 it was 1% who were black and 3.9% BAME - but the force is still not representative of the general population. Alex Jagne (pictured below) 24, is a police officer from Bristol. He says, "People have had their own experiences and preconceptions of the police. I've been told several times that I am a traitor to the black community. Throwing negative comments around doesn't help because it makes other black people feel they can't apply." Adam Pugh, an ex-police officer and anti-racism campaigner.says, "There's a real mistrust. I don't think the police have properly tried to address that." It's been 20 years since an inquiry into Stephen Lawrence's death found London's Metropolitan Police to be "institutionally racist". Click on Alex's photo to read more about his and other BAME people's experiences of joining the police.



Labour MP Dawn Butler makes it onto Labour’s deputy leadership ballot platform promising Gender Recognition Act reform
Labour MP Dawn Butler has made it onto the ballot for deputy leader on a strongly pro-LGBTQ+ platform that includes a vow to reform gender-recognition laws in the UK. Currently gender-recognition laws are seen as outdated, due to being created in 2004 and restrictive for trans people's needs. Trans campaigners are calling for a simplification and de-medicalisation of the process by which trans people update the gender on their birth certificate, as well as a broadening of the existing law to include legal recognition for non-binary trans people. Click on the photo to read more about the reform.

 
Diversity and Inclusion Insights

New Barbie dolls feature vitiligo and hairless models in bid to boost diversity
The maker of Barbie dolls, Mattel has added dolls with more diversity to its collection. The new line includes a doll with no hair and one with the skin condition vitiligo. Vitiligo causes patches of skin to lose their pigment due to a problem producing melanin and the condition can cause many people distress. Mattel said in a statement that a prototype of the vitiligo toy was a sample created in part due to the massive support for the prototype featured on their Instagram page. The brand wants to showcase "a multi-dimensional view of beauty and fashion" through new additions to its Barbie Fashionistas line. Click on the photo below to read more about this forward-thinking story.




African names discriminated against in workplace
Lawyer and diversity campaigner Funke Abimbola recently revealed that she suffered "bias" when trying to get into the legal profession. About a third of FTSE 100 companies have no ethnic minority representation on their boards, a report has revealed. The Parker Review Committee found 31 of the 83 firms which provided relevant information fell into this category. Ms Abimbola said: "I found a number of barriers to entering the profession because I had an African name and am a black woman, without any doubt." To read more about Funke's story click on her photo below.




Recruitment and Neurodiversity
Recruitment networks are starting to explore diversity on more frontiers. However, neurodiverse people are often missed out of these important inclusion schemes. Neurodiversity – those with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyspraxia or dyslexia – are often overlooked. One in seven people are “neurodivergent”, according to ACAS. Despite this, a recent study by the CIPD found that seven in 10 businesses ignored their own neurodiversity policy. Click on the photo below to learn more about how business can become more inclusive for neurodiverse people.

 
Story of the Week

Dynamo speaks out about battle with Crohn's disease
Magician Dynamo (Steven Frayne) has spoken out about his battle with Arthiritis and Crohn's disease. Pictured below is the weight gain he experienced from taking the medication for Crohn's disease. He thanked his fans for their support and raising awareness of the condition. The Magician rose to fame in his documentary television show Dynamo: Magician Impossible, which ran from July 2011 to September 2014. Dynamo was diagnosed with Crohn's as a teenager and subsequently had to have half of his stomach removed at the age of 17. To read more about Dynamo's challenging story click on the photo below.

 
Events

Final tickets available - Better Allies: Supporting LGBTQ+ Colleagues at Work
BAME Recruitment is supporting LGBTQ+ History month with an exciting event open to EVERYONE including the LGBT+ community and especially anyone keen to discuss how to be a better ally to their colleagues from the LGBTQ+ community. The event on Thursday 20th February will highlight ways that allies and LGBTQ+ people can work together on making the workplace more inclusive and supportive. Get your FREE tickets by clicking on the picture below.

 
Inspirational Person of the Week

Lil Nas X
Also known as Montero Hill, the 20-year-old rapper from Atlanta, GA, was born on April 9, 1999. He dropped out of college to pursue a career in music - a decision his parents didn't agree with at the time. He came to international attention for his country rap single Old Town Road, which first achieved viral popularity on the micro-platform video sharing app TikTok in early 2019, and was Diamond Certified by November the same year. The song reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for 19 weeks, the longest for any song since the chart started in 1958. In June 2019, Nas X came out as gay, the only artist ever to have done so while having a number-one record. Lil Nas X is the only openly LGBTQ artist to win a Country Music Association award.

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