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29 May 2020

Diversity Lens - Issue 28

May 29

Diversity Lens - Issue 28


Diversity Lens

Welcome to Diversity Lens, the newsletter from BAME Recruitment and Diversifying.io! 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

'We can't be silent' – how fashion is speaking up about Covid racism
Asian American designers are using their clothes as statements against the xenophobic coronavirus backlash. In the UK, racially motivated crimes have increased by a staggering 21%, and the US has had a similar increase in racial attacks against Asian Americans. Phillip Lim and Prabal Gurung are among the names fighting against this discrimination through their fashion lines, with their proceeds going to the All Americans Movement, a US campaign to support minority communities hit hardest by Covid-19. Prabal Gurung has made political statements through his fashion lines before; in a runway show models donned tops that read ‘The future is female’ and ‘I am an immigrant’. He is passionate about the diversity of America and believes that: “When different minority groups stand up and stand together, there is an astounding level of support that can change the tides for a more equitable and peaceful future.” Read more about his efforts in combatting corona-related racism by clicking the image below.




Entrepreneur to create range of diverse dolls after autistic daughter spots a gap in the market
Olivia Thompson and seven-year-old daughter, Amira, are co-creators of a new range of diverse children’s dolls. Both mother and daughter noticed the lack of diversity while doll shopping and Olivia was struck that this was still an issue today. There was a huge gap in the market still for Caribbean, African, Hispanic, Indian, Chinese representation in these figures, which the mum and daughter duo aimed to fill. Olivia aspires to include dolls with disabilities in her range, highlighting the inauthenticity of just ‘Barbie in a wheelchair’. “I want dolls with prosthetic limbs, stoma bags, hearing aids, and other things that these children can identify with”, she says. Olivia is currently still trying to fundraise her business and you can donate by clicking the picture below.




Disability Advocates Petition Facebook, Bitmoji for Inclusive Avatars
Disability activists are campaigning for Facebook and Bitmoji to add disability-inclusive features. A bitmoji is an avatar version of yourself which you can personalise according to your likeness — to an extent. Many have pointed out that elements are missing that may play an important part in one’s identity; there is no wheelchair, hearing aids, service dogs, prosthetic limbs, feeding tubes, or other such add-ons. Digital representation is important and has the potential to effect change in real world accessibility. Support the Change petition by clicking the picture below.

Muslim woman becomes first hijab-wearing judge in UK
Raffia Arshad has become the first UK judge with a hijab, and she wants to send a message to young Muslims that they too can achieve their dreams. Arshad questioned when pursuing her career in law whether someone like her, from a working class background and an ethnic minority, could fit into that world. After filling the position as Deputy District Judge on the Midlands circuit last week, Arshad explains that whilst she was very happy with the appointment “the happiness from other people sharing this is far greater”. Previously in her career, she considered the prospect of not wearing her hijab to an interview after being advised that it would increase her chances of success, but she decided that she would not sacrifice her sense of self. Arshad will use her new position to promote equality and diversity in the profession. Read more about Arshad by clicking her picture below.

 
Diversity and Inclusion Insights

How to build a diverse team while working remotely
Your diversity and inclusion hiring goals should not take a backseat during the pandemic, in fact it may be the most important time to develop D&I initiatives. It is true that there are new hurdles to navigate, from widening your cultural bubble in a lockdown, to virtually integrating new workers into your office-less culture. TMW advises being transparent about your culture and how it is adapting digitally. Post about the activities and games that are keeping your team connected. Perhaps use this time to create a feeling of community within your company and externally; foster a network of active contacts and encourage comments and contributions on platforms outside of your team. You will create a community feel and onlookers may be tempted to join in. Read more tips by clicking the image below.




Two-fifths of working parents balancing homeschooling with a full-time job, survey finds
A poll conducted by Canada Life, perhaps unsurprisingly, shows that two-fifths of working parents are homeschooling their children whilst still working full-time, many by making up lost work hours late into the evenings. The poll exposes the lack of flexibility in many companies during the pandemic and the negative impact it is having on parents, with 41% admitting to finding their stress levels difficult to manage. While schools are set to open for some students next week, many parents will have to make the difficult decision whether to send their children back or keep them home and continue their long working hours. However, the same survey also found that some businesses reacted quickly and astutely to the lockdown measures, introducing flexible hours and reducing parents’ responsibilities if necessary. See more findings of the study by clicking the picture below.

 
Story of the Week

'We can't turn them away': the family kitchen fighting lockdown hunger in Zimbabwe
Samantha Murozoki, every morning, prepares porridge for children who come en mass to queue up for the only source of food they can find, given freely. Every evening, she provides supper for the same desperate community. This feeding programme began a week into the lockdown in Zimbabwe and it was not a job Murozoki knowingly embarked upon. She began giving out food in order to help her neighbours who she found out were going hungry, then hundreds of locals started lining up. When there were more people than food, she sold some of her belongings in order to buy more produce. Yet once her story was posted online, the Zimbabwean community from all over started to support her mission, donating groceries and money to keep up and running. Locals have also assembled to help Murozoki to cook and clean up. “Even if the lockdown is lifted, I might continue for a month or so until everyone gets back on their feet. As long as Zimbabweans help me, I will be able to continue with my work,” she says. Click the photo below for the full story.

 
Featured Video

The barbers has long been recognised as a safe space for many communities. Ky, who is part of The Lions Barber Collective which trains barbers to look out for signs of depression, explains how he misses that personal and unique interaction. Research show that barber shops have a particular significance for black men, as a community setting. The BAME Barbers Network in South London connects barbers and their clients to GPs. Click the still below to hear from barbers and clients alike who are feeling the effects of the lockdown.
Barber therapy: Men missing more than a haircut
 
Inspirational Person of the Week

Nisha Ayub
As we come to the end of Asian Heritage Month, we spotlight Nisha Ayub as our inspirational person of the week. Nisha is a Malaysian transgender rights activist. She questioned her gender identity from an early age so that at age 21 she was arrested for cross-dressing. Prohibited under Islamic sharia law, Nisha was consequently sentenced to three months in a male prison. Since, she has dedicated her life to advocating for transgender people in Malaysia and beyond.
Nisha co-founded the company Seed, Malaysia's first trans-led organisation, providing support services for marginalised communities. She also set up 'T-home' which addresses homelessness for older transgender women. Nisha has received high recognition for her activism: she is the first transgender woman to be awarded the U.S. Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage award and the only Malaysian woman in the BBC’s 2019 list of 100 most inspiring and influential women. Click her photo to watch her TED talk.

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