BAME Recruitment Events
In the coming week we have a couple of events you won't want to miss. Our CEO and Founder, Cynthia is participating in a webinar panel session on April 21st for the IRM Business Change and Transformation Conference until the physical event can be safely rearranged. Furthermore, Cynthia will be leading a webinar on 'How to reduce bias in your recruitment process' on April 23rd for the Inclusive Companies Awards. Our COO Luke will also be featured on a live episode of Brainfood on April 24th entitled 'Pushing the reset button on D&I'. Follow the links through to register to join! We are determined to continue the conversation on diversity and inclusion within recruitment as much as possible under the current circumstances.
Capt Tom Moore's NHS fundraiser hits £15m
A 99-year-old war veteran has walked 100 laps of his garden to raise £15m and counting for the NHS. His aim was to walk 100 laps by his 100th birthday and his mission prompted national attention. However, Capt Moore has exceeded his expectations and his fundraising goal, finishing his 100 laps with time to spare. As he finished the challenge, he said modestly: "I feel fine, I hope you're all feeling fine too." Tributes and messages of congratulations have poured in from politicians, celebrities and NHS workers, while a petition for him to receive a knighthood has been signed by more than 300,000 people so far. Read his full story by clicking the image below of Moore with his daughter and grandchildren.
Coronavirus: Down’s syndrome and dancing through isolationRyan Irwin is 19 and one of his favourite things to do is dance with his friends - something that can be difficult during a period of self-isolation. However, thanks to the Foyle Down Syndrome Trust, he’s able to go dancing, and enjoy music and exercise classes with his friends through video conferencing organised by the group. Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, the Healthy Hearts and Minds project provides support to young people with Down's syndrome and their families. The project’s manager Christopher Cooper says they wanted to keep delivering programmes to the children, while keeping them safe. Click the photo for more information.
Yas Kweens: the political importance of being fabulous
The concept of 'fabulous' carries with it a plethora of historical context and cultural significance. Said to have begun in drag subculture, being fabulous can be a lifeline to those socially outcast and alienated for their differences. Madison Moore, in her book, 'Fabulous: The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric', outlines 4 predispositions of fabulousness: a lack of monetary reliance, a strong creativity, a level of danger and politics, and the act of making a spectacle of yourself, refusing to suppress your body. Being fabulous is predominantly the realm of queer people, people of colour, and other marginalised groups in which their bodies are undervalued. Moore encapsulates the significance of the fabulous in the following: "Fabulous people are taking the risk of embracing spectacle when it may perhaps be easier, though no less toxic, to normalise." Click on the photo to read more about fabulousness in our current political climate.
Gender study finds 90% of people are biased against women
A UN report has found that a shocking 90% of people display some form of bias towards women. Across 75 countries, nearly 50% of men believed they had more right to a job than a woman. Whilst around a half of the world's men and women, the report found, believed that men make better political leaders. These stunning statistics come at a time when we have less female heads of government than five years ago, and in fewer countries. Significantly, although perhaps unsurprisingly, the study found that there are no countries in the world with gender equality. Engrained gender biases exist in men and women who grow up as boys and girls exposed to such cultural biases at every turn. More must be done to combat these biases and prejudices if we want to see real progress towards gender equality. Click the picture for further findings.
Being Black with albinism
A British teenager with albinism is following her dreams of becoming a model despite her different appearance, and hopes to raise awareness of albinism. Kimberley, 15, from Derby, was born with Oculocutaneous Albinism Type 1 – affecting the colouring of her skin, hair and eyes.