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15 May 2020

Diversity Lens - Issue 26

May 15

Diversity Lens - Issue 26

Diversity Lens

Welcome to Diversity Lens, the newsletter from BAME Recruitment and! We’re pleased to be bringing you all the latest news and opinions about recruitment and the world of diversity and inclusion. We hope you are all keeping safe and adhering to social distancing guidelines in this turbulent time.
Latest News

This Is What A Socially Distanced Protest Against Domestic Violence Looks Like
In Birmingham's empty Bullring shopping centre, two protesters met to protest the rise of domestic violence, safely distanced from one another and holding a sign: "home life isn't sweet for everyone". In London's eerily quiet Parliament Square, six protesters gathered safely to hold banners that read, "fund emergency refugees". These seemingly small actions were organised by the 'Some Women Need To Walk' campaign and were heavily backed by 78,000 online petitioners. Despite the extra funds that have been pledged by the government to support domestic abuse victims at this time, a spokesperson for the campaign stresses the importance of keeping vigilant: “There’s not yet any clarity on how much will help the women who need to walk - folks who need emergency accommodation to leave."

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I Run A Mental Health Ward. We're A Coronavirus Frontline Too
James Wyatt works on a psychiatric ward that specialises in treating deaf patients and providing specialist care for a number of different conditions. All the patients are either profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing, and British Sign Language (BSL) is the first language on the ward. Support can not be given to these patients in a socially distanced way. Furthermore caring for deaf patients in the crisis is made even more difficult by the use of masks which obscure one's face, making lip reading impossible and communication strained. Wyatt credits the hard work and resilience of his team for their success thus far in managing the situation and states that "all frontline workers have stepped up – not just on my ward but across the nation". Click the photo to hear more from him.

Coronavirus: Lockdown life 'a challenge' for vulnerable children
Children with additional support needs and their parents can rely on the support they receive at school heavily. Lockdown means vital routines have been disrupted and essential care and teaching help discontinued. Six-year-old Jaxon has autism and would usually get full-time support with learning at school. His mum, Julie is worried he will fall behind on development. Lynn Bell, chief executive of The Love Group - a charity which helps provide education and social care services for vulnerable people, urges families in need to get in contact. She said: "From dyslexia to autism, moderate to quite complex needs and mental health issues - they are all exacerbated by the isolation and a lot of the support can't be replicated within the domestic environment." Read more via the photo below.

Women leaders eschew ‘macho-man’ politics in COVID-19 response
In this time of extreme uncertainty with many understandably feeling a lack of trust in their governments, New Zealand's PM Jacinda Ardern's popularity is steadily rising. Ardern enforced a nation-wide lockdown prior to any fatalities of the virus. Her daily updates to the public are casual and relatable, holding a Facebook live Q&A on her phone after just putting her child to bed, she shares with us. She apologises for her casual attire before focusing in on the latest coronavirus updates. Furthermore, other female-led countries like Taiwan, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway all have notably low death rates. This empathetic approach adopted by Ardern is nothing new to world leaders, but has been more willingly adopted by female heads. "The problem is not that only women can pull it off, it's that men are afraid to really let their guard down and be relatable", Zoe Marks, a lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School says. It is important to remember at this time that less than 7% of UN countries are led by women. To read the full artice Click Here
Diversity and Inclusion Insights

Half of workers expect remote working reversal after Covid-19
Despite the success reported on the recent influx of home working, a study has found that almost half of workers expect a return to limited flexible working policies. This current large scale home working experiment should inform policies post-pandemic but public opinion is currently sceptical. “The worst thing that companies can do is ignore what they have learned”, the commissioner of the study states. The traditional working model that organisations may have clung to in the past has been upended during the crisis. This is an opportunity to emerge from the pandemic with better working practices, with more flexible working arrangements that cater to a more diverse workforce. Remote working policies often mean that a company can access different groups of society in hiring processes, such as the disabled community and working parents. Read more on this by clicking the photo below.

The Boss: Male investors didn't get my billion-dollar idea
Tech entrepreneur, Katrina Lake is founder of company Stitch Fix, an online personal shopping service that uses a combination of artificial intelligence, algorithms and human stylists to send customers clothing to their taste. Despite the success of StitchFix now, Lake experienced more than her fair share of hostility in the market. "There was so much adversity that I faced just because I was a woman," she says. "What I realised through starting the company was that I'd thought of feminism as being a political thing, and this wasn't a political thing. This was about human rights and equality." She recounts the difficulty she had in securing investors despite the huge customer demand for her service. The investment community is male-dominated and lacks diversity, meaning many up-and-coming businesses are put at a disadvantage. Katrina is daughter to a Japanese immigrant and is passionate about diversity within her own company. Read more on her story by clicking the image below.

Story of the Week

Disability: I lost my legs but am still dancing
Kat Hawkins had been a dancer all her life. “Dance was like a language that my body had learned over a lifetime”, she explained. However, when her body suddenly changed drastically, Kat would have to learn a new language, to adapt and evolve to a new kind of dance. In 2007, when Kat was a first year student at Leeds university, Kat contracted meningitis B, a bacterial infection that attacks the body and ultimately caused the amputation of both of her legs. After her arduous recovery, Kat struggled to reconcile her new body with her sense of self, her self as a dancer. However, it was her childhood dance lessons that propelled her forward, her core strength balance helping to speed up her ability to start walking again with prosthetics. Kat was eventually able to return to dance, in a totally new form but one just as beautiful. A new world was unveiled in which “wheelchairs, prosthetics, crutches and canes were no longer just medical aids, but objects filled with possibilities”. Read more about Kat’s story and watch her dance now by clicking the photo below.

Featured Video

BBC's Sodaba Haidare shares her experience of Ramadan and talks to others about what it's like fasting in lockdown. With Mosques shut and social distancing rules in place, muslims are experiencing a very different Ramadan this year, disconnected from their communities. Watch the video below to hear experiences from two key muslim workers and a gay muslim disconnected from his support network.
Mosques are embracing technology and social media as a way for their congregations to stay connected to religion.
Inspirational Person of the Week

Juno Dawson
A bestselling author of LGBTQ+ focused young adult fiction, Juno Dawson came out as a transgender woman in 2015 to her already well-established following. Shortly after, she became a columnist for Glamour magazine, able to document her experience of transitioning in real time. Dawson has become a hugely inspirational figure for trans visibility and LGBTQ+ rights; in her most recent novel, she reimagines the story of Alice in Wonderland with the protagonist as trans. In her first book aimed at adults, she explores her own experiences of gender all the way back to her early childhood and notably her love of the Spice Girls. In an interview with the Evening Standard, Dawson explains the diverse characters she gives form to in her books: "I always try to write the world as I see it, and the world is diverse. And where it's not diverse, I think it should be and so I've always included a nice spread of characters. I hate the idea of living in a monoculture". To read more about Juno  Click Here

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