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At Diversifying Group, we're committed to your safety and security. We would like to ask our candidates to beware of a current scam that targets job seekers. Fraudsters may reach out to you impersonating consultants with job opportunities or offers in order to get your personal information or request payment. It's crucial to be vigilant and verify the authenticity of any messages you receive.

Recruitment scams are not always obvious. Here are a few tips on how to identify a fraudulent message:

  • It’s from an unknown phone number, country code or email address.

  • It contains a link; these may contain malware that could be installed on your device so avoid clicking on these.

  • It contains sudden requests for payment or pressure to act quickly.

  • It contains poor spelling and/or grammar.

  • It contains unrealistic salary or working arrangements - if it’s too good to be true it probably is.

For your safety, we strongly advise:

  • Do not respond to these messages.

  • Do not share any personal information, banking details, or make any payments requested through these messages.

  • Report the scam message to your local authorities or the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) through their official website for further investigation.

At Diversifying Group, we might contact you by text message, however:

  • Initial contact will usually be via an email address containing or via LinkedIn.

  • We never send job offers or requests for personal information via text message to individuals who have not registered with our agency.

  • We will never ask a candidate to pay fees as part of the recruitment process.

  • We have an office phone number on our website, so you can give us a call if you’re not sure of anything.

Stay alert and safeguard yourself against fraudulent activity. If you have any doubts or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us directly using the contact details below:

03 Mar 2023

Diversity Lens - Issue 164

While the world itself is chaotic, some authors give us free plane tickets to take a ride whenever we open their novels. With stress and anxiety more rampant than ever these days, it is important we take care of ourselves in our leisure time. Reading books can be a great way to relax and reduce stress and anxiety. When you read, you are transported to a different world. Your mind is focused on the story or information in front of you, allowing your mind to clear from worldly concerns. It provides an escape from the pressures of everyday life and can help you unwind and recharge. 

With World Book Day yesterday, I shared my experience with finding refuge in reading. Read in full here.

Women Talking

They didn’t have the language to speak about the abuse they were suffering. The words of explanation they were given were ‘ghosts, demons or the wild female imagination.’ The film opens when they begin to find a language of their own and hence the title rings true, the women talk. Yet what follows is so much more. The majority of the film takes place in the same hay barn, with the same small group of women talking over their options which are as follows: stay and do nothing, stay and fight, or leave. If that sounds boring to you, I promise it is anything but. Through their prolonged dialogue, through screams, laughter, philosophy and theology, we gain insight into each woman’s position and the horrors that she has endured that occur off-screen. 


Shamima Begum Should be Allowed to Return to UK – Terrorism Adviser

Shamima Begum has lost her appeal at the Special Immigration Appeals Tribunal over the stripping of her UK citizenship.

This divisive issue is raising a lot of questions about what constitutes child exploitation and whether that should be discounted when it concerns matters relating to terrorism and national security.

Human Rights Groups assert that Begum had lived her whole life in the UK until, at the age of 15 - still very much a child - she was lured to Syria by ISIS and married a terrorist fighter. As an impressionable teen, the court found "credible suspicion" that she was groomed and trafficked by criminals, yet she is being held responsible and treated as a criminal herself, rather than a victim. 

Her UK citizenship has been revoked on national security grounds, meaning she will remain in "a dangerous refugee camp in a war-torn country and left largely at the mercy of gangs" according to Amnesty International.

This detention camp holds thousands of ISIS suspects without charge or trial, in dire conditions. Around 50 other British women and children are housed there. The UK's approach contrasts with many European countries who have repatriated most women and children.

While many people believe that National Security should come first, the Begum case is divisive, and many human rights organisations and officials oppose her exclusion from the UK. In addition, The decision which rendered her stateless was condemned by former supreme court justice Jonathan Sumption who wrote: 

“Children who make a terrible mistake are surely redeemable.”


Mel B: I Wouldn't Call Police Over Domestic Abuse

Popstar Mel B has used her experience of an abusive relationship to campaign for better support for domestic abuse victims. She has called for a "re-do" of the justice system and better training for police officers. As the system stands, Mel B says she wouldn't call the police for a domestic abuse case: "I don't know if I can trust the police. I don't know if they're going to take my allegations seriously." The latest crime survey for England and Wales shows nearly 2.5 million people experienced domestic abuse in the year to March 2022.

Campaigners Hail Law Raising Age of Marriage to 18 in England and Wales

The legal age of marriage has been raised to 18 in England and Wales, closing a legal gap that previously permitted 16 and 17 year olds to get married with their parents' permission. For years, activists have claimed that this loophole is being used to force young people into child marriages. The new law makes it illegal to force a child into a marriage and carries a maximum seven year prison sentence. Children who get married before they turn 18 will immediately be recognised by the law as victims of forced marriage. The UN is fighting to abolish child marriages worldwide by 2030.

How Hip-Hop Shrugged Off Its Straightjacket

Hip-hop used to be known for its hypermasculine image. Its "gangster" aesthetic was cultivated in the 90s, engrained with homophobia and sexism. Yet now the genre has been opened up to embrace a new, more inclusive image with boundary-pushing artists such as Lil Nas X and Mykki Blanco. Blanco is a black, Jewish, genderqueer, HIV-positive artist helping pioneer this queer evolution of hip-hop. In their latest album, they rap “HIV, I got HIV. Can I still be famous?."  Bianco fought prejudice and gatekeeping from the hip-hip space back in the 2010s until the genre was freed from its toxic image via online communities.

Age Discrimination Leading to Avoidable Eating Disorder Deaths, Government Warned

In order to reduce preventable fatalities, a cross-party parliamentary committee and the Royal College of Psychiatrists are urging the government to stop "age discriminating" against adults with eating disorders. The groups want goals to be set to make sure that adults get treatment within a certain amount of time, just like the ones that were set in 2016 for children. This comes in response to a report from the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman which showed how the needs of children and adults are treated differently, causing people to suffer and die while they wait for treatment. The NHS does not currently have a target for how quickly adults can receive services for eating problems. A week is the target time for urgent child referrals, while four weeks is the target time for normal child referrals.


Women in Board Roles at UK’s Biggest Listed Firms Above 40% For First Time

With concerted efforts, women's representation at board level is at an all time high. Just 10 of the FTSE 350 companies are holding out, with all-male executive teams. Women on FTSE boards has been increasing over time in sight of the 40% target by 2025, still short of women's representation in the population however. This is also a voluntary target; the government have refused to introduce mandatory measures as the EU have. And despite this positive progress on boards, companies are failing to appoint women to leadership positions below board level. Women only hold about a third of the 5,200 top roles across UK society.

Dove and LinkedIn Team up to Support Ending Race-Based Hair Discrimination in Workplace

Black women's hair is 2.5 times more likely to be perceived as unprofessional, according to a study from Dove and LinkedIn. 
Two out of three change their hair for a job interview. Over 20% of black women 25-34 have been sent home from work because of their hair. The CROWN Act is a law that protects black women from racial discrimination on the grounds of their hair. Dove and LinkedIn have partnered to support this act by providing free learning resources to educate hiring managers and shining a light on real life stories from black women with the hashtag #BlackHairIsProfessional.

Black NHS Staff Face Inequality Despite Record Diversity Levels Report Finds

According to the NHS, its workforce is the most diverse it has ever been, with 24.2% of employees coming from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. But, as the most recent NHS Workforce Racial Equality Standard report shows, there is still discrimination and unfairness. Black and minority ethnic employees were 1.14 times more likely to be subjected to formal disciplinary actions than their white counterparts. Moreover, white applicants who made the shortlist for jobs were 1.54 times more likely to be hired than black and minority ethnic applicants. Even though the number of black and minority ethnic employees in senior positions has gone up, they are still underrepresented.

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