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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:

15 Sep 2023

Diversity Lens - Issue 191

So we've been reflecting on Pride season this year...
2023 saw a lot of very questionable LGBTQIA+ allyship in the corporate world. In April, Bud Light came under scrutiny for working with Dylan Mulvaney, a trans celebrity. Subsequently, they were one of the first to fall to what has since become a standard template for corporate neutrality on human rights issues in 2023. After years of co-opting rainbow flags in order to sell products, when challenged by those who oppose LGBTQIA+ rights, countless other organisations used the template of performative allyship by releasing a fence-sitting statement. 
This is not a situation where one can play both sides, neutrality isn’t neutral. If you can’t explicitly state wholehearted support, which includes standing against those who oppose LGBTQIA+ rights, then I would argue that branding with anything pride-related is hypocritical and should be avoided. Read my full blog post.



👩‍⚕️ Female surgeons sexually assaulted while operating
🎾 Teen Coco Gauff beat haters to US Open glory
🇨🇦 Canada warns its LGBTQIA+ residents against travel to the US
🚕 US rideshare app matches passengers with female drivers
🎤 Polish singer won a reality TV show in full Blackface
👮 Police apologise to women arrested at Everard vigil



Voter ID caused racial & disability discrimination at elections 🗳️

The context
Boris Johnson introduced voter ID requirements to prevent potential election fraud - something that is so rare that you can count on one hand how many times someone has been convicted for identity fraud over the last decade. The first election that these rules were enforced was in May this year.

What has this meant?
Ministers restricted the types of ID that could be accepted, skewing it in favour of ID that older people might have - like bus passes - but not those of younger people, like youth ID cards, resulting in disenfranchising younger voters. This law also seems to hit non-white people and people with disabilities harder; polling workers have been more likely to fail to compare someone’s photo ID to the person presenting it if they’re of a different ethnicity.

How Britain gets prisons wrong 👎

What's the story?
21-year-old Daniel Khalife escaped from Wandsworth prison last week. He was captured by a police officer but questions were raised about the security of the prison. At the same time, a German court refused to extradite a man to the UK due to concerns over conditions.

So how bad is it?
As far back as the 1770s, accounts described English prisons as significantly worse than other European countries and this still holds water today. In the last decade, budgets were cut and staffing reduced in volume and experience. As a result, assaults have risen against both prisoners and staff, as well as self-harm, drug use and rundown infrastructure. A third of UK prisons have been deemed unsafe.

Why should I care?
These prisons, other than being an obvious human rights violation, cannot operate effectively as a site for rehabilitation. We can learn a lot from the nordic model which provides a sense of wellbeing and agency to their inhabitants, equipping them with the tools to eventually re-enter society. Otherwise, what's the point?

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Sharp decline 📉 in happiness of young girls

What's the news?
The annual girlguiding's survey has identified a 15-year low in happiness levels. 89% of respondants said they generally feel worried or anxious. The sharpest decline in happiness was felt by girls between 7-10-years-old.

Key areas of concern were cited as "appearance, online harms and sexual harassment." 67% aged between 11-21 admitted to feeling ashamed of their appearance due to not fitting in with what they see in the media and online. 34% said they would consider getting plastic surgery to 'correct' this, up from 29% in 2018. 57% have received sexist comments, but it's not just the internet, 44% have experienced sexual harassment in the streets and 69% said boys at school have made "toxic" comments.



👚 Making fashion more accessible to people with disabilities
🇿🇦 This contemporary African photography exhibition
👋 Chatting to the public about trans rights

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