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Jul 01 2022

Diversity Lens - Issue 131

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"The women’s lives in danger in a post-

Roe America"

Today in Focus
Protestor in the US with placard reading
Last Friday the US Supreme Court did the unthinkable.

Roe vs Wade, the legal precedent that had protected the right to an abortion since 1973, was overturned. Since the ruling, nine states have enforced bans to stop abortions taking place and many more are expected to follow. Fundamental rights have disappeared overnight, and more hard fought civil rights are expected to be reconsidered by the conservative majority Supreme Court.

Jessica Glenza reports on the profound consequences of this decision. She questions: who will this ruling affect the most? If measured by distance travelled in order to obtain an abortion, that's Louisiana. If measured by those most likely to experience complications from an unwanted pregnancy, Glenza suggested Mississippi which has a large population of African America women who disproportionately suffer from poor maternal outcomes.

Furthermore, statistically the women most likely to seek abortions are already mothers - if forced to have another child they are more likely to live in poverty, less likely to be able to bond with that child and more likely to experience domestic abuse. However, every woman in America will be impacted by this decision, including states where abortion remains legal where facilities will likely be overrun with patients travelling from afar. In turn, this could peril wanted pregnancies with the threat of doctors leaving states that are hostile to abortion.

Beyond abortion rights, one of the justices in the Supreme Court has said he would like to reconsider such other fundamental civil rights as the right to same sex marriage, same sex intimacy and contraception. What is happening in the US is not completely divorced from us in the UK and threatens to mobilise anti-abortion groups globally.
 
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Men benefit from abortion rights too – and should speak about them more
Man at protest with a sign that reads 'real men are feminists'
Some would say that abortion is a women's issue (or anyone with a uterus). In some respects that is true, in that it's all about having autonomy over your own body. However, the conversation should not be limited to one half of the population. Abortion is a people's issue, and the right to one or not affects everyone. We need to see more acknowledgement from men of how much they benefit from a right to an abortion.

The management of contraception still disproportionally falls to the woman in heterosexual relationships and many men are severely lacking in knowledge of women's reproductive health - despite them largely being the lawmakers on the same topic. This responsibility of contraceptive knowledge lies equally with the men who chose to have sex as the women, and everyone would benefit from men talking more openly about this and vocally supporting women's right to choose. 

"A man could potentially be saved from unwanted parenthood many more times than a woman over the course of his life – without even necessarily being aware of it."

Made in London: the TikTok star taking on poor social housing
Kwajo Tweneboa started out demanding change for his own home, made practically unliveable with damp and disrepair. Then he recognised the wider issue of safe housing in his whole estate, now he's taking on the whole of London. Kwajo began campaigning for better conditions in social housing via Twitter and TikTok. He visits properties across London exposing shocking conditions to his audience, and helping campaign for the tenants to their council and MP. "Tenants are treated like a rental figure at the end of the month, opposed to human beings", Kwajo says. A safe home should be a right for all, and Kwajo is holding housing providers to account.
Person in Pride march with a sign reading
It can sometimes feel like engaging in Pride events is exclusively for the 'out and proud', for only those most confident in themselves. However, there are many different ways to celebrate Pride. "It’s an invitation to connect with communities, as well as yourself", Vice News say, from whatever place you come from, or stage of acceptance. Pride is a celebration, but it's also a reminder that the fight for acceptance is not over. You should never feel pressured to come out before you feel ready and safe to do so - but you should always be able to celebrate Pride, even if that's in private. Consuming queer media or supporting queer-owned businesses are just a few examples of a more low-key observance of Pride.
'It isn't a good place to work': Black Met Police officer challenges Sadiq Khan over staff quitting 'racist' force
PC Idominik Efeotor has shared the firsthand problems he's seen within the force. At a State of London debate with Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, this week, the serving Met Police constable explained that black officers are leaving the force in great waves. Black officers are being "investigated disproportionately internally" making it a hostile work environment that many seem ready to give up on. The Met Police are currently under 'special measures' meaning they should be scrutinised closely and areas identified for improvement.

"The decision by the HMIC to now move the Met into special measures has laid bare the substantial performance failings by the force....This means root and branch reforms and systemic change to the Met’s performance and culture.”

Sadiq Khan

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Monitoring Employees Makes Them More Likely to Break Rules
Employee monitoring tools should have no place in the future of work. Their sales went through the roof in 2020, utilising techniques from monitoring mouse movement to taking screenshots of employees every ten minutes - their use sets a precedent of distrust and disrespect between employer and employee. Now, research shows that the software is largely ineffective. HBR found that monitored employees were more likely to "take unapproved breaks, disregard instructions, damage workplace property", etc. Being monitored essentially makes you feel less responsible for your conduct and weakens your moral compass. The conclusion? Treat employees as trustworthy, autonomous people who can make decisions freely.
Unions fight to secure better pay and conditions for workers, but they can also benefit employers
Union member with their back to us showing a high vis which reads 'RMT Union'
Following strike action from more than 40,000 UK rail workers recently, Google searches for unions rocketed. Unions are a great tool for demanding better pay and working conditions safely, however they have also been shown to have positive effects on the economy and boost whole sectors. If employees are part of a well-managed union where pay and conditions are protected, they are more likely to stay in that job. Data from last year showed that 47% of unionised workers worked for the same employer for ten years or more, compared to 29% of all employees.

Further strikes are expected soon from rail workers, teachers and NHS workers. It is in the interest of employers and government to listen to unions and address concerns.

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