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04 Nov 2022

Diversity Lens - Issue 149

This week kicked off our social media campaign observing Islamophobia Awareness Month.

We're doing something a little different this time, expanding beyond just the UK to look at instances of Islamophobia in select countries around the world, and how it is ingrained in discriminatory legislation. This week we examined the islamophobia that is rampant in India. There are atrocities happening to Indian Muslims regularly which we hear little about in the UK, including the ruling party president Amit Shah openly saying he would throw illegal Muslim immigrants into the Bay of Bengal. Read the full post here and watch out for our subsequent posts throughout November.
Africa Fashion (V&A, London)

The V&A’s new and ambitious exhibition takes visitors on a compelling journey from the 1960s to the present day in a bid to reshape existing geographies and narratives of style. ‘Africa Fashion’ explores the vitality and global impact of a fashion scene as dynamic and varied as the continent itself through photography, film, textiles, music, and the visual arts.

Highlights include Bubu Ogisi’s beautiful raffia designs referencing the historical exploitation of the Congo, James Barnor’s wonderful Kodachrome photographs, and a salt-crystal necklace by Ami Doshi Shah. ‘Africa Fashion’ is on at the V&A South Kensington until Sunday 16th April 2023.

The Devastating Truth About How the World Cup Hosts Treat LGBT People
Content warning: extreme violence, sexual abuse and homophobia 

James Cleverly, the British Foreign Secretary, has told LGBTQIA+ tourists to "be respectful" and "compromise" at this World Cup. The CEO of the FIFA World Cup 2022, when questioned, insisted confusingly, and perhaps dangerously, that "everyone is welcome".

However, there is a lot that isn't being said in the media. Hostility against LGBTQIA+ people in Qatar is extreme. Gay people are being actively sought out, to be arrested, tortured and deported, mostly via online means and catfishing via dating apps. INews report exclusively on this shocking issue with a highly anonymised rare first person account.

LGBTQIA+ people are criminals under Qatari law and homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment and whipping. 

That is why there is just one publicly gay Qatari in the world - Dr Nasser Mohamed - who campaigns for LGBTQIA+ rights in Qatar from San Francisco.

Nationality, race, and class are all factors that influence who is targeted and how likely they are to be arrested, especially if you don't visibly 'pass' as straight or cisgender. Any hint of a different sexual orientation or gender identity can result in an arrest, and often worse. We hear one story in this article of a man wearing "light foundation and very light lipstick" being arrested and deported the very next day, just for wearing makeup. 

So when we are told to "focus on the football" and "be respectful" of Qatar, we are being told to gloss over human rights atrocities and the countless people living in daily fear of the name of a game.

Furthermore, 6,500 migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka have died in Qatar since 2010 when the country was awarded hosting rights of the 2022 tournament.
"My Name Is": A Mini Documentary Series
This powerful docu-series examines the implications of discarding non-Western sounding names. There is pressure to change your name, or use a nickname to conform to English norms, and make other people around you more comfortable. Dheeraj, for instance, felt pressure to provide an 'easier' alternative to his name so that his peers and teachers at drama school would be able to remember it. Javeria felt awkward and self-conscious waiting for someone to attempt to pronounce her name - she anglicised her name to Jo to avoid this embarrassment at 13-years-old. But what do you lose when you abandon this integral part of your identity? Learn more.
New Drive To Get Books By Black Authors Into Libraries
New campaign “Mark My Words” gifts books to libraries, for both adults and children, by Black authors. Research on children’s books in the UK has shown that published authors and illustrators do not reflect the population at large – this campaign from UMG and The Reading Agency hopes to change that by expanding the reach of Black authors. The books will be donated to local authority hubs and will be available to borrow from UK libraries from early December. 
Enormous Emissions Gap Between Top 1% And Poorest, Study Highlights

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the top 1% of UK earners are largely to blame for carbon dioxide emissions.
In a single year, these "polluting elite" produce the same amount of emissions as the bottom 10% of earners produce over 26 years.
These are people earning £170,000 or more who take an excessive number of flights, including on private jets, who own large homes, own expensive cars, buy more clothes and luxury goods, and eat a meat-rich diet. It is clear that one of the most effective ways to combat climate change would be to place a 'carbon tax' on this richest segment of society, which would also benefitting the poorest in the UK.


Tate is an organisation that needs no introduction, and one we’re so proud to be partnered with since 2020. They are on a journey to become a truly inclusive organisation with a workforce as diverse as the communities they serve, and have set tangible aims to promote diversity, inclusion, and respect for all their staff – we love to see it! 

From front-of-house to behind-the-scenes, Tate offers job opportunities for all. Find out more about their commitment to D&I and browse open roles on
EVENT: Women in Tech: How To Stop Self-Disqualification
How many times have you been browsing for jobs and decided not to apply, even though you met most of the criteria? Self-disqualification prevents us from fulfilling our potential before we’ve even started, and the results of this are particularly stark in the tech world. 

Join Diversifying Group and Metro Bank on 9th November 2022 where we will hear from four Metro Bank colleagues in IT and Tech about: 

  • Their experiences of self-disqualification and how they overcame them.
  • Current opportunities in IT and Tech at Metrobank and tips for your application.
  • How Metrobank are supporting people of all genders to thrive across the organisation through their Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.
Register here for free.

Stay Down: Trailer For a New Horror Film to Shock Bosses Into Closing the Class Pay Gap

This clever campaign uses the motif of a horror movie to demonstrate the very real horrors of classism at work. Creature London have created a trailer for a film entitled Stay Down, using all the familiar horror tropes and visuals, yet the catch is that this is reality. In the trailer we see our working-class protagonist navigating a traditional office setting while being looked down on and belittled, despite working as hard as anyone else. "It's just the way it is", one colleague says to him as the film is spliced with red, distorted images of him in distress, giving physicality to what is often a hidden kind of discrimination.
One In Four Have Had Accents Mocked At Work 
46% of workers surveyed have had comments made about their accents. The Sutton Trust found that there is a “hierarchy of accent” that can cause social anxiety for employees.
Those with northern English or Midlands accents were more likely to worry about how they spoke and many people who were mocked for their accents had anxiety about future career prospects because of prejudiced attitudes. Furthermore, 29% of senior managers from working-class backgrounds expressed concern that their accents could be barriers to their work progression. The founder and chairman of The Sutton Trust, Sir Peter Lampl, said it is “disgraceful that people are mocked, criticised or singled out” for the way they speak. 
EVENT: Getting on Board’s Festival of Trusteeship
This week-long online series of events, during Trustees Week, is stuffed with exciting options for people who want to become trustees, trustees who want to keep learning and developing, and for charity leaders who want to understand best practice in trustee recruitment and diversity.

Highlights include a free interactive webinar on the future of trusteeship with the Charity Commission’s Chair, Orlando Fraser; an interactive webinar: Is my board mediocre?, and a juicy panel discussion: Smashing the cut glass ceiling –  is being working class a barrier to trusteeship? Most sessions are £5, or a weekly pass is £25. The strand for aspiring trustees is free of charge. More information here.

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