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16 Sep 2022

Diversity Lens - Issue 142

Bringing you a diverse selection of news stories, social commentary, cultural recommendations and job opportunities from the past week.

This week during our lunch and learn session we considered diet culture; a norm which moralises food and our behaviour, and places unreasonable pressure on us to change our bodies to fit the societal standard of beauty.

We debunked the myth that weight determines health and explored how fatphobia upholds diet culture and influences how society views and treats different bodies.

We shared inclusive strategies to counter fatphobia and steps we can all take to consider how we think about health and our bodies. Whilst this topic can be difficult for many of us, it’s important to bring it to light and work together to break down diet culture’s harmful influence. We'll share more of our thoughts and guidance on our blog soon, watch this space.

 
Podcast: 
FOMO

Young people living in the UK, talking about the stuff we wish we'd learnt in school.

In each episode of FOMO, a new presenter examines a part of British history that we don't hear about enough. The second episode was released this week, hosted by Felix, a 21-year-old playwright, poet and performer. Felix came out as trans when he was just 13. He says that since, its only become harder to be publicly trans, not easier - mainly due to media frenzy. In this episode Felix asks, why are people so obsessed with me? He looks at the history tabloids have of fixating on one group of people and demonising them, such as gay people in the 1950s. The same tactics have been used again and again, leading up to today's 'transgender panic'.
 
STORY OF THE WEEK

A Longstanding Taboo is Finally Being Broken

It used to be talked about in hushed tones, only in euphemisms, and only among older women.

Menopause is something that affects half of the population, but mostly, we don't talk about it. Fortunately, we're finally beginning to shake the stigma. From celebrities speaking out, to workplaces developing menopause policies, a revolution is happening. 

Our founder and CEO Cynthia reflects: 

A condition so wide-reaching with such a massive impact demands more open discussion. However, because it isn’t talked about, women don’t have the information they need prior to experiencing the menopause, and those who don’t experience it don’t have the knowledge to provide support, or even acknowledgment.

This lack of knowledge and understanding means that many people are either ignored in their suffering or misdiagnosed. The way we think about menopause needs to be reconfigured. It is a long-term hormone deficiency which requires support and often treatment.

Women of menopausal age are a huge segment of the working population. If we were talking about men in their 40s, would we be so cavalier about pushing them out of the workplace? Action needs to be taken now to ensure gender equality in the workplace doesn’t move backwards. We’re making progress on a lot of other areas of Diversity and Inclusion, but we can’t stay blind on less visible issues. 

Read more on our blog.

 
IN OTHER NEWS
Hungarian Women Will Be Made to Listen to 'Foetal Heartbeat' Before They Can Have An Abortion

 

In a move described as a "very alarming step back" by Amnesty International Hungary, from Thursday women in the country seeking an abortion will be forced to listen to the “foetal heartbeat”.
 
Hungary’s abortion laws have remained largely the same since it was legalised in 1953, however, in 2011’s constitution “the life of a foetus will be protected from conception” was added and the government has offered tax breaks and subsidies for families that have multiple children. Amnesty International Hungary are calling for the repeal of this amendment as a violation of human rights. 

"It is not about giving information to women to make informed decisions, but rather to put pressure on them not to access abortion, which is definitely a violation of their human rights."

Inquiry to Explore Impact of Covid 19 on Black Disabled People
The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group has launched a Commission on COVID-19, Disablism and Systemic Racism. The VODG suggest that the neglect of black disabled communities was compounded by the pandemic. The commission is reaching out to disabled black and minority ethnic individuals on their lived experiences, gathering evidence and analysing the Department of Health and Social Care’s policies. Through this they will ask, did systemic racism worsen health outcomes for disabled people from black and minority ethnic communities? Ultimately, They hope their report will prompt a "lasting shift in the government’s social care policies".
Malta Confirms Free Gender Affirming Surgery in LGBTQ+ Rights Reform
Exciting news from Malta! PM Robert Abela shared his intention to make gender-affirming surgery for trans people free at Malta’s Pride event this week. He said this is the next step to making Malta a more LGBTQIA+ inclusive country. Abela, who is leader of Malta’s Labour Party, also announced that Malta's ban on gay men donating blood has been lifted. Their progress hasn’t gone unnoticed and in 2019, the country was named Rainbow Europe’s best holiday destination for queer travellers.

 
WORK SPHERE
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  • find, recruit and retain exceptional, diverse talent
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  • drive stronger engagement and build an inclusive, wellbeing-focused culture that delivers outstanding organisational performance…

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A Businessman Who Took in a Ukrainian Family Has Launched a Company to Help Refugees Into Work

Maryna and her family arrived in the UK six months ago. She has struggled to find a job due to language barriers and the rural location her family has been placed in. 
In response to this, her sponsor Olly has set up a not-for-profit mobile refurbishment company, with the aim of employing and training Ukrainian refugees to refurbish phones before selling them on to cover wages. Businesses like this could be a huge help for struggling families, as it is estimated that up to 50,000 Ukrainian refugees could be homeless by next year.

 

This Hacker Is Trying to Close the Gender Pay Gap in Cybersecurity


Working at a large tech company, Katie Moussouris experienced no shortage of "gender-based discrepancies" in how she was treated compared to male colleagues, from lack of promotions to the type of feedback she was receiving. Ultimately, she filed a lawsuit claiming discrimination in their hiring practices, and when this failed, set up The Pay Equity Now Foundation.

 

Eventually, Moussouris felt like starting her own company was the only way to move forward in her career. However, she still experienced blatant sexism as an entrepreneur. For example, in venture capital meetings, people would address questions to her COO - a white man - instead of her, assuming his authority. Moussouris is glad she didn't get investors in the end, now carving her own path without outside control. 

“We’re not set to even see white women achieve pay equity with white men for another fifty years. The pandemic has set that clock way back.”

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