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02 Sep 2022

Diversity Lens - Issue 140

After three long years Notting Hill Carnival returned to London last weekend and was attended by over two million people. Since 1959 the carnival has been a pivotal celebration of Black British culture. However, at the same time every year the media is quick to highlight instances of violence, overcrowding and vandalism, more so than other renowned annual festivals such as Reading and Glastonbury. To help remedy this, we spoke to one of our Senior Talent Acquisition Consultants, Denise about her positive experiences of this year’s carnival. Read about Denise's experience here.
 
Music: 
A lifetime of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry – in pictures

Customer Success Executive, Kai talks about her experience of growing up listening to reggae legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.

Growing up in a musical family exposed me to the many cultural joys and genres of music and artists. However, it was Sundays that always held special excitement for me, because we would all gather in the (usually off-limits) sitting room where my father had his prized possession – the gramophone! We would crank up the volume and listen to many music pioneers, but in particular, Lee 'Scratch' Perry. We especially loved Lee as not only did he continuously release hit after hit such as ‘Police and Thieves’ and collaborate with icons such as Bob Marley, but he brought a new sound to the reggae scene called ‘Dub’, which was laced with heavy bass licks and reverb. To top things off, Lee, although born in Jamaica, came from our neighbourhood - Hackney! It was like supporting a relative who lived down the road.

Music photographer Dennis Morris has documented his 40-year friendship with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry that you can view here.

 
 
STORY OF THE WEEK

“To some degree, this is a multiracial generational fight – primarily of younger people, but not exclusively – standing up to a billionaire.”

Energy prices are soaring. Wages are stagnating. BP, Centrica and Shell have announced more record profits whilst millions struggle to adjust to rising costs of living.

Enough is Enough is a campaign set up to fight this crisis. It was founded by trade unions and community organisations, now backed by Bernie Sanders. 

Sanders is often viewed as a kind of figurehead of the US political left. He doesn’t shy away from the opportunity to call for revolutionary change, unlike many mainstream democrats, which has gained him favour particularly among younger generations.

Sanders has been vocal on important topics for social change such as universal healthcare and the abolition of student fees. This week, he will be in London to speak at an RMT rally in solidarity with transport workers. His aim is to “unite the struggles of the US and British labour movements”. The US labour movement was slowed by persistent claims of a “classlessness” in America.

Yet now we’re seeing a peak in trade union organising and there is widespread support of strikes, in the US and UK. Sanders hopes this energy will be galvanised and power real change around income and wealth inequality.

 
IN OTHER NEWS
Fashion Needs to Make Room for Adaptive Design
This July, entrepreneur Maria O’Sullivan-Abeyratne launched an online marketplace called Adaptista, a digitally accessible platform for adaptive and inclusive fashion brands. The idea came to Maria as she was searching for a wedding dress that would fit her and be both comfortable and stylish.  
With one in five people in the UK reporting a disability, there are labels like Nike who have already started altering their strategy to make adaptive fashion a key part of their brand. A week after the launch of Adaptista, Gucci announced they have become a certified participant in the Disability Equality Index, the only luxury fashion house on the list.  
These are all positive steps, but Maria points out that the idea of “able-bodied versus disabled fashion” needs to be broken down. 


"The reality is that humans are, at most, temporarily non-disabled. Anybody can become disabled."
The Most Disrespected Group Online are Black Women — This CEO is Fighting Back

More than 50 years ago, Civil rights activist Malcolm X once said, "The most disrespected person in America is the black woman," which is still relevant today because, according to a 2018 Amnesty International study, black women are 84% more likely than white women to experience online abuse. According to research by Glitch, a UK charity dedicated to ending the abuse of women and marginalised people online, black women, non-binary people, and women from minority communities are disproportionately affected by online abuse against women. Former politician and CEO of Glitch, Seyi Akiwowo experienced a barrage of abuse after a video of her speech at the European Parliament went viral in 2017. As a result, she founded the charity and wrote the book "How To Stay Safe Online," which includes a toolkit for supporting digital self-care and a guide to allyship.

LGBTQ+ People Half as Likely to Have “Fond Memories” of School

New independent research has found that 36% of LGBTQIA+ adults were bullied at school, compared to 17% of non-LGBTQ+ peers, and more than a fifth agreed with a statement saying they did not have fond memories of school.
Over half of the LGBTQIA+ adults (55%) said they didn’t have any role models to look up to during school and almost one in five (19%) said they tried everything they could to get out of going to school. 
This is part of research by Just Like Us, who are preparing to launch their Ambassador Programme, training young LGBTQIA+ people to speak about their experiences and bring positive representation to secondary schools.
 
WORK SPHERE
Expressing 'true Self' May Prove Elusive for Trans Employees Who are Transitioning
A study of Dutch transgender employees dispels the myth that gender transition is a linear "journey." The researchers dispute the notion of an "authentic self" as the ultimate objective, arguing that there is no predetermined point at which authenticity is attained. Transgender people gain a deeper understanding of themselves and modify how they express their gender identity. Transgender people express their gender through physical and behavioural changes at work in order to best reflect their internal identity. The authors urge businesses to assist transgender employees in the workplace by addressing gender and social norms.
More Than 120,000 Workers in the UK Quit Their Jobs Due to Racism
According to a report by the Trades Union Congress, more than 120,000 black and minority ethnic workers in the UK quit their jobs due to racism. More than one-quarter of respondents reported experiencing racist jokes at work, and three-fifths said they felt less confident at work as a result. The government will establish an "Inclusive Britain Strategy" to combat discrimination and ensure workplace equality. Frances O'Grady, general secretary of the TUC, says that the report should be a "wake-up call" for the government. She believes ministers should require employers to protect their employees and combat racism.
"Ministers need to change the law so that employers are responsible for protecting their workers and preventing racism at work"

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