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11 Sep 2020

Diversity Lens - Issue 43

Sep 11

Diversity Lens - Issue 43

Diversity Lens

In a rush? This week's stories celebrate Black voices in children's books and the women of the refugee crisis. We look at the TikTok educators on the visually impaired, and tips for helping disabled employees work from home. We hear firsthand experiences from a person of colour with a white parent, and a transgender woman who came out to her football club. Scroll down for more stories and our jobs of the week!
 
Latest News

'The narrative is we don't sell records': the black female singers uncredited by the UK industry
Black vocalists and song writers often feature prominently on mainstream tracks, yet their credit is missing in the release and their face is not featured in the visuals. This article follows this damaging trend of erasing the work and success of black female artists. “It’s strange when your voice is on the record but you’re not revered in the same way as the producer", Kellie-Leigh says, featured and uncredited on two UK No. 1 singles. While many of these women try to perform as solo artists, they are often faced with the decision of going solo or getting paid. There is now hope that this is changing, with groups like the Black Music Coalition demanding recognition and appreciation for these women.

Read time: 8 minutes




TikTok videos teaching people about being blind attract huge audience
Jemma Brown is a visually impaired woman who has gained attention on TikTok for her educational videos on blind people. Brown was born with congenital cataracts and was prompted to spread more understanding of the visually impaired when she was asked: "How can I know when someone with a visual impairment needs help?"
She then filmed her mum to explain the signals of a blind person who needs assistance; the video attracted 1.9 million views. Brown hopes to raise further understanding, and is proud of being part of the disabled community. Click the image below to hear from Jemma herself.




'It's about finding a place': stunning portraits of women affected by the refugee crisis
American artist Sarah Cooper and Austrian artist Nina Gorfer, both based in Sweden, began this exhibition in 2017. Through the portraits, they wanted to allow young women to speak up about the refugee crisis and "what it means to be a woman in all of this". They conducted many casual interviews before even picking up the camera. They focused on the younger generation of female refugees as a group not usually heard. The photo series imagines a future self, creating your own goals rather than living out a predetermined cultural role. See more of the portraits by clicking the image of Maryan below.

Read time: 5.5 minutes
 
Diversity and Inclusion Insights

Black Valley launches new mentoring scheme to get more black people into tech
At the beginning of this month, Black Valley launched a mentorship programme to incentivise more black people to enter the tech industry. The eight-week programme pairs candidates with mentors in desired departments. The programme is designed to make the industry more accessible to the black community, offering support, specialist training, and general advice to mentees. The 20 mentees come from across the globe and from a vast age range. Find out more about the programme by clicking the photo below.

Read time: 2.5 minutes



Technology To Help Those With Disabilities Work From Home
Disabilities and chronic illnesses while remote working require employers and employees to collaborate to create a cohesive home working environment. In fact under the Equalities Act 2010, it is a legal requirement to make adjustments for employees with disabilities. Diversability Magazine have suggested some tips for employers, such as; ask employees with disabilities for guidance; find out about their specific needs; consider the remote communications platform you are using; and stress the importance of regular breaks. Click the photo below to find out more.

Read time: 5 minutes
 
Story of the Week

The reality of growing up mixed race with a racist parent
"Being a person of colour with a white parent who holds racist views is more common than you might think".
Hear from Emma who shares her experience of being brought up in a racist home. Emma is a mixed race Black woman with a white father; they found themselves on opposite sides following the protests after George Floyd's death. While starting these discussions and educating family members and friends is important in white social circles, it comes with more complications for mixed race people, and is considerably more traumatic. Emma points out, "How do you balance the obligation to educate a white parent who holds racist views while protecting your own mental health?". Hundreds of people in similar situations have shared their own experiences and their coping strategies. Read more of these experiences by clicking the graphic below.

Read time: 6 minutes. Illustration by Alex Smyth.
 
Featured Video

Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices
Netflix Jr. channel is celebrating Black voices with their storytime segment, a series of short readings from celebrities that aim to "provide families with a toolset to start conversations with kids about difficult topics". There are currently 12 five-minute episodes in the series that feature names from Lupita Nyong'o to Karamo Brown, talking about the Black experience of identity, respect, justice, and action. Watch the trailer below.
Besides your hair, what else do you love about yourself?"
 
Inspirational Person of the Week

Whitehawk FC's Sophie Cook: 'I had to change my life or end it
Sophie Cook, previously known as Steve Cook, is Whitehawk FC's first equality and diversity officer. She transitioned in 2015 at the age of 48 while employed as the club photographer at Bournemouth. Sophie had known she was transgender since the age of seven, but lacked the language or knowledge to talk about it. Despite the conservative reputation of professional football, her transition was received well by both her colleagues and the players."It was absolutely unbelievable the way everyone at Bournemouth reacted. The fans were really supportive, too", Sophie said. In July, Whitehawk appointed Cook as their first equality and diversity officer, and Sophie is optimistic about the transformative power that professional football can have on social change.

Read time: 7 minutes

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