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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:

06 Oct 2023

Diversity Lens - Issue 194

Growing up, The Voice meant so much to me, this was the one media I could rely on to share stories and content about the Black community that were so absent from mainstream news outlets. The Voice is a newspaper written by Black people, for Black people. And now I can count myself among those writers! What's more, my first opinion piece is a commentary on the results of their Black British Voices Project - one of the biggest pieces of research into Black British experiences I've seen. What an immense privilege to be a part of it!

When you read the report, you’ll see it’s truly hard hitting with key findings and insights that, though dire, must be used as a catalyst for positive change.
Here's a sneak peak of me marvelling over my words in print.

🪧 Hollywood writers won their strike action
😁 Gen Z is a generation of optimists apparently
👩‍👩‍👧 Lack of legislation keeps same-sex couples vulnerable in Japan
🏫 Unconscious bias in schools encourages 'middle-class clones' 
👊 Huge turn out for "Stand Against Suella" protest march
💊 Amsterdam HIV cases drop to almost zero
Good news, young people are "gayer than ever" 🤠

What's the data?
Official data from the ONS is that we're only getting gayer in the UK (🥳)
Among 16-24-year-olds, 9.2% identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB.) It might not sound like a lot until you consider that just 5.1% of the next age group up identify as LGB, and a mere 3% in the age group after that. So 9.2% is a big leap! It's the women and the bisexuals which account for most of this incline with one in ten young women identifying as LGB today.

Social stigma is falling - thanks to the hard work of countless activists and bold frontrunners - meaning more people are able to be vocal about who they are, or might feel more empowered to explore their sexuality. Heterosexuality is no longer taken for granted and it is generally more acceptable to embrace fluidity. Something to celebrate in our books!

🆕 report finds Black brits not proud to be British 🆕

Tell me more
According to a landmark new report from The Voice Newspaper and Cambridge University, just one in ten Black Brits feel proud to be British, and less than half felt British at all. These are all people who were born in Britain.

Why is this significant?
Results from the survey speak to the difficulties experienced by Black people around identity and belonging in the UK, which The Voice call a "deep internal struggle." Survey participants share experiences that divorced them from their Britishness, from overt racism and being told to "go back home," to immigration policies and a history of colonialism that inhibits pride. Though the participants all called Britain home, the baggage around being Black and British/English is a lot more complex.

Called 'by God' to save lives, without medical training

A new docuseries
This week HBO released Savior Complexa three-part documentary series that follows Renne Bach: a White evangelical US national and her missionary work in a food distribution and health clinic. What makes her story newsworthy is how her Whiteness compensated for her lack of medical experience and allowed it to go unquestioned. Although the health of most patients improved, at least one hundred children’s deaths are believed to have been preventable had they been treated by a professional.

What this docuseries reveals is how deeply internalised the legacy of colonialism remains. Through the lens of White Saviourism, Whiteness symbolises prosperity and authority, whilst Blackness symbolises the deprived and unenlightened. The trust that both Ugandan authorities and professionals granted Bach was a product of this history.

White Saviourism denies people of colour agency. For example, the mothers of the victims who died under Bach's care were the last people to be questioned about whether they believe her participation was an overall source for good. This perpetuates the infantilisation of Black Africans by denying them participation over issues that directly affect them and instead centres around Bach's actions.

As a result of the scandal, the clinic was shut down. But it’s difficult say whether this is a cause to celebrate. Only four of the mothers of children who died in the clinic received any compensation, and the continued reliance on these clinics shows just how much developing countries are dependent on Western aid.

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👩‍🔧 First car crash dummy modelled on the female body, finally

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