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14 Oct 2022

Diversity Lens - Issue 146

Did you learn about black history in school? October brings this question to the forefront each year as many schools are encouraged to acknowledge the wealth of black history and diverse stories. It's something to celebrate that this is the case across many UK schools now, however diversifying the curriculum one month out of the year is not enough. Diverse teaching would benefit all students and encourage respect of their peers' cultures and traditions, and to not dismiss someone who looks or acts differently to you. If this becomes the norm in schools, children will be nurtured to become more accepting, inclusive and kind adults  - adults that may well become key decision-makers. Putting the work in now at school level could go a long way to combatting all prejudice in our society in the long term.
 
Exhibition:
Grime Stories: from the corner to the mainstream

On our Team Strategy Day on Monday we explored Grime Stories at the Museum of London, co-curated by Roony ‘RiskyRoadz’ Keefe which honours the music, people and places central to the grime scene. With its roots firmly in East London, the display takes us through the history of grime and the importance of the genre in many young people’s lives.

It prompts the visitor to reflect on the relationship between music and community and the role that grime plays in giving young people, particularly young men, a voice and outlet. Safe spaces which allow the music to happen are integral, such Jammer’s ‘dungeon’ - a basement in his parents house - which we visit through the exhibition. Until 4 December - free entry.

 
STORY OF THE WEEK

Tory MPs are increasing their pressure on Liz Truss to alter the contentious "mini budget” from last month. Kwasi Kwarteng announced that the government would borrow money to pay for tax cuts that would primarily benefit the richest members of society. This plan disadvantages many groups in society, including women, by slowing economic equality.

Though the gender pay gap has been slowly improving, women still earn less than men; they are five times less likely than men to earn the highest salaries in Britain, according to the government’s own figures. The budget also promised to cut stamp duty (a levy which taxes property sales), which will predominantly benefit men, the majority of homeowners in Britain.

Indeed, The Women's Budget Group has warned many times that there is no place in Britain where women can affordably rent or buy a home on their own without going into debt - true now more than ever.

The new British government's chaotic actions have completely disrupted the financial and economic systems - again, felt most acutely by women due to the gender pay gap. Truss and Kwarteng were forced this week to acknowledge that "the ground could have been prepared better."

Push back from officials and sustained public outrage mean that we may well see a U-turn by Truss, whose support in the polls has slumped below ratings ever reached by Boris Johnson.

“If we're thinking about adult social care, childcare or children's services – all of the services that women rely on and use and work in – those are going to likely be hit by another wave of austerity cuts”
 
IN OTHER NEWS
Black Poverty Rate Rockets As Cost-of-Living Crisis Bites 

The Runnymede Trust has reported that black and minority ethnic people, making up 15% of the population, are overrepresented in the lowest income groups, with more than a quarter (26%) living in “deep poverty”. The racialised changes to tax and social security mean that black and minority ethnic households have £806 less a year and despite the “Energy Price Guarantee”, fuel poverty will hit 52% of black and minority households. 

The report has outlined “long-term, systematic change” to help tackle these issues, including measurements to better understand deep poverty.

‘Deeply Worrying’: UK Anti-Abortion Groups Turn Focus to Students
UK anti-abortion groups are using social media as a vehicle to reach young people. This surge of activity is a direct result of the fall of Roe v. Wade in the US.
Schoolchildren and university students are being particularly targeted in a nation-wide "culture change initiative" online that utilises “cutting-edge video and graphics”. We were warned about the global implications of Roe v. Wade being overturned, and we are starting to see the stark evidence. 
“The strategy of trying to attract young people into the anti-abortion movement has two components. First, it is a response to the fact that many of their traditional supporters are ageing, and the movement was at risk of dying out."
The US Town Paying Its Black Residents

Evanston, Illinois is repaying a specific subset of its black community for a system of housing discrimination that prevented most African-American families from being able to build up generational wealth. The pay-outs are limited to those who have lived in Evanston before 1969, and the reparations take the form of grants of $25,000 to be specifically used on housing. While some residents have welcomed the grant, others have said that the plan isn’t ambitious enough and that the restrictions on the use of the money leaves out poorer residents.
 
WORK SPHERE
SPECIAL LIVE PODCAST EVENT.
Hot Flushes & Brain Fog: Why we all need to talk about Menopause

Do you know enough about menopause?
Diversifying Group’s podcast You Can’t Say Anything Anymore! is delighted to be partnering with Period To Pause for an exclusive live podcast recording for Menopause Awareness Month! We will be exploring menopause from all angles; debunking myths around what it is and who is impacted, how workplaces can adopt inclusive policies, and why an intersectional approach is vital.
Whether you do, or will, experience menopause or if you want to learn how to support those that do, everyone is welcome on 27th October at 5:30pm (GMT).
Anti-LGBTQ Judge Rules That Workplaces Can Have Biased Policies Against Trans Employees

Federal guidance that ensured workplace non-discrimination protections for transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming employees was rejected by a judge in Texas. The Supreme Court ruled in 2020 that employers cannot discriminate against employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity; however, this ruling does not cover an employee's "correlated conduct." As such, judge Kacsmaryk is refusing to recognise the federal guidance. Alongside Texas, 20 other Republican-led states have also sued the EEOC over the guidance protecting trans workers.



Glacially Slow Progress On Gender Equality As 96% of CEOs of Britain's Largest Public Companies Are Men
According to an analysis of senior leadership, 96% of the CEOs in the FTSE 350 are men. Despite the fact that entry-level recruitment is frequently close to 50:50. Three out of four executives who are on the path to becoming CEO are men. Nearly 70% of the companies had no female directors on their main boards of directors, and 10% of the companies had no women on their executive committees. However, it is more likely that women will be appointed to other positions in these companies' upper echelons once they first hold the CEO position. Companies with female CEOs are four times more likely than those with male CEOs to appoint female executive directors to their main boards.

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