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18 Nov 2022

Diversity Lens - Issue 151

Elon Musk has once again been in the news for his outspoken demands of Twitter staff to end remote work and return to working on-site, stating that any requests for remote working will supersede line managers and be personally vetted by him, clearly a scare tactic with the intention of stopping requests in their tracks.

The recent shift towards remote and hybrid working styles has allowed greater access to employment for groups who had previously been excluded. Many personal factors such as care commitments, disability, and neurodiversity, might make 8 hours a day plus travel time completely unfeasible. And yet those few loudest leadership voices ushering people back into the office seemingly would prefer an echo chamber of privilege beneath them rather than allow diverse participation in their workforce, the very antithesis of inclusion.
 
Podcast:
Can I Tell You a Secret?

In this new podcast from The Guardian, journalist Sirin Kale takes us through the chilling investigation of a serial cyber stalker, targeting girls and women in what amounts to persistent emotional abuse. This kind of crime is frequently underestimated, and we see this here in the reactions of the police and from the perpetrator's own mother who fails to grasp the severity of his actions. His victims were terrified for years, online but also offline, as the cyberstalking infiltrated every part of their lives. Women and girls are overwhelmingly the victims of this kind of abuse and often gaslit into enduring it without retribution. 
 
STORY OF THE WEEK

With the first game kicking off on Sunday, here's a round up of what you should know.

As much as FIFA have tried to dodge concerns, negativity has dogged the build up to the World Cup, and for good reason. The shadiness goes back to 2015 when a criminal conspiracy was exposed which found that FIFA officials were being bribed into securing Qatar as host country. But the construction work had begun, so plans went ahead regardless.

A shocking 6,500 migrant workers have died in working conditions likened to modern day slavery. Workers were unable to leave the country without an exist visa from their employer. And yet another major human rights concern is at play here.

Homosexuality is illegal and punishable by imprisonment, and shocking methods are reported to be used by officials to entrap queer and trans citizens.



On a far more trivial note, fans have been dismayed by the forced rescheduling from summer to winter to cope with Qatari heat. If you do still make the trip, get ready to shell out £12-15 for a pint.

Many are boycotting the World Cup entirely, however, to demand this of all is to underestimate the importance of football to so many people. As well as discounting the many faultless people who have worked hard to be part of the prestigious tournament. 

 
IN OTHER NEWS
Disabled Americans Are Punished for Getting Married
Disability advocate and Law student Gabriella Garbero has put her marriage plans on hold, indefinitely. Gabriella has a condition which means she requires caregivers and specific equipment, paid for by Medicaid. If she got married, she would lose her Medicaid and her life would be at risk. It is assumed that your spouse will be your caregiver.
 
“I think it’s about time for us to be able to be married without being afraid that we are going to die", says Gabriella, who is studying to become a lawyer, to change the antiquated laws that mean there is a penalty against disabled people who wish to get married.
This Is When Women Start Working For Free For The Rest Of The Year
The Fawcett Society, a charity that works to promote gender equality and women's rights, has designated November 20, 2022, as Equal Pay Day for women. This day marks the point at which, on average, the gender pay gap causes women to stop earning relative to men. According to the most recent data from the ONS (Office for National Statistics), the gap is 11.3%. This is a very small decrease from the gap of 11.9% last year. Along with the pay gap, the cost of living is also having a negative effect, with one in eight Britons expecting to have trouble paying for period products. This proportion increases to one in six among young adults aged 18 to 24.
Inequality is Widening in the UK and Family Wealth is the Driving Factor



The Institute for Fiscal Studies documented the evolution of economic inequality in the UK over the past six decades. Researchers discovered that the wealth of those who were already wealthy increased rapidly, while the living standards of many others remained stagnant due to long-term wage stagnation. In 2008, a typical family required ten years of full-time employment to save enough money to move from the middle to the top wealth cohort. By 2018, the number of years had nearly doubled. Alex Beer, head of the welfare programme at the Nuffield Foundation, which funded the study, stated that the UK requires a holistic approach to inequality.

 
WORK SPHERE
This week, we’re delighted to be shining a light on Talent International, one of Diversifying Agencies' first partners! Driven by strong values and a focus on community impact and social change, they are on a journey to reinvent the world of recruitment and create a better world of work for all.

We’re looking forward to working with Talent as they continue to create inclusive, supportive spaces for all candidates to find new opportunities and grow their careers in the IT and digital space. Find out more about Talent and browse open roles on Diversifying Agencies.

Elon Musk Tells Twitter Staff to Work Long Hours or Leave

The new owner of Twitter, Elon Musk, told staff in an email that they will need to work “long hours at high intensity” and that “only exceptional performance will constitute a passing grade." If staff do not agree to this pledge, they will be let go and given three months' severance pay. This has come after already announcing that half of Twitter’s staff are being let go and that remote working would end, with staff being expected in the office for at least 40 hours a week. 

Minority Ethnic Britons’ Educational Success Not Reflected in Pay, Study Finds
Despite minority groups experiencing great academic success, this is not being translated into the world of work. The disparity exposes 'clear evidence of discrimination' within various industries with regards to salary and career development. The institute for Fiscal Studies found that minority ethnic groups achieve maths and English grades either on par or better than their white peers, and are more likely to go onto higher education. The fact that this is not being translated into the workforce is a clear cause for concern and points to engrained inequalities in the labour market. The narrowing of the educational gap is nevertheless encouraging, with an important qualifier that ethnic groups like Black Caribbean and Bangladeshi students remain below the curve.
Sarina Wiegman Admits More Progress Needed on Diversity in Women’s Football

"I would love to see more black players in the team", England women's football coach states unequivocally, finally addressing the criticism of her squad head-on. Wiegman insists she picks the best players for the team, but allows that the FA need to do more to expand access to pro football. The Lionesses are being proactive in this effort, sending a letter to the Tory leadership calling for equal access to football in schools. Football is for "every boy, every girl, whatever skin colour you have", Wiegman says, and they continue to talk with the government to help achieve equal access.

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