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25 Sep 2020

Diversity Lens - Issue 45

Sep 25

Diversity Lens - Issue 45

Diversity Lens

In a rush? This week we remember the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In other news, a fascinating experiment from a blind woman in London, and a landmark promotion for a female CEO. We look at one response to the latest of J.K. Rowling's transphobia and learn the difference between cultural appropriation and appreciation. Keep reading for an inspiring new career path from a senior citizen and a Black, trans, disabled model win a major campaign.
 
Latest News

Tributes flood in for justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an equal rights pioneer and fierce LGBT+ champion.
The Supreme Court judge, known affectionately as RBG, has died at the age of 87. Since her appointment in 1993 by Bill Clinton, Ruth became an outspoken advocate for women’s rights and a LGBTQ+ ally. Only the second woman to serve on the supreme court, her advances in gender equality include defending equal access to education, the right to an abortion, and equal pay. Ruth was also a champion of LGBTQ+ rights, favouring rulings that advanced same-sex marriage and protect the community against discrimination. Her recent death shocked the many marginalised communities and allies that she fought for so fiercely.

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Harry Potter Pulled from Bookshelves After J.K. Rowling’s Recent Transphobia
In response to J.K. Rowling’s ongoing hate speech towards the transgender community, an Australian bookstore has announced they will no longer stock the Harry Potter series in order to preserve the safe space of the store. “There are more worthy books to put on the shelf”, a spokesperson put it simply. Rowling’s most recent controversy was caused by the announcement of her new book which features ‘a male killer who dresses in women’s clothing’. This is a dangerous and well-known trope used to vilify transgender people. The murderous man in women's clothing is not only a tired stereotype, but a truly dangerous one for Rowling to present to a large readership. In actuality, transgender or crossdressing people are far more likely to be subject to attack and abuse than the perpetrators themselves. Other bookstores has pledged to donate to a LGBTQ+ charity every time someone purchases one of her books.

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People of colour explain the difference between cultural appropriation and appreciation
This year has forced open more in depth conversations about racial discourse and although the topic of cultural appropriation is nothing new, Lindsay Dodgson emphasises that intent should be considered before making accusations. "You can appreciate the music, the lifestyle, the love of the people - but appropriating is where you take the influences you see and completely copy them for your own gain". Click the image below to hear people of colour explain what you need to remember when appreciating a culture that is not your own, and why it can be so damaging and hurtful when you get it wrong.

Read time: 8 minutes
 
Diversity and Inclusion Insights

Gender-fluid and non-binary workers protected under Equality Act, landmark ruling shows
The ambiguity surrounding the protections of non-binary people from discrimination in the workplace has ended thanks to a landmark tribunal ruling in which Ms R Taylor won a claim for harassment, discrimination and constructive unfair dismissal against their former employer, Jaguar Land Rover. After working for the company for 20 years as an engineer, Taylor began to identify as gender-fluid in 2017 after previously presenting as male. They became the target of abusive jokes and insults after they started dressing in women's clothing. The Birmingham tribunal found in Taylor’s favour and awarded compensation for 'aggravated damages'.

Read time: 4 minutes



Citigroup becomes first big Wall Street bank to be run by female CEO
One of the world's biggest banks has just appointed Scottish-American Jane Fraser as its next chief executive making it the very first big Wall Street bank to be led by a woman. Fraser has worked for the bank for 16 years prior to this. Now she is one of the most prominent women in US business. With only 30 of the Fortune 500 companies led by women, Fraser's achievement is even more significant and hopefully marks a change to follow in her footsteps.

Read time: 2 minutes
 
Events

ICMA Future Leaders: Challenges facing young professionals post COVID-19
What advice can we give to people about navigating their career at a time when the future is unpredictable? How are careers evolving and how can we adapt to this new environment to build the networks which will sustain them?
Join our CEO Cynthia at the ICMA Future Leaders virtual panel to discuss working life and career opportunities after COVID-19. Register for free by clicking the image below.




The Bookseller Children's Conference 2020
The Bookseller virtual conference kicks off next week from Monday through to Thursday. Twenty talks and panels will feature speakers from within and outside the publishing industry. Founder and CEO of BAME Recruitment Cynthia Davis will lead a keynote speech on Diversifying the Workforce. Don't miss it on Thursday at 11am. Click the photo below to register your attendance.




Pride in Education 2020 - Back to School - Usualing LGBT+ content
Saturday 3rd Oct 9.30am - 2pm
A practical conference on LGBTQ+ inclusion has been launched by Sir Derek Jacobi. Presentations and panels discussion will be followed up by practical workshops on trans inclusion, wellbeing, mindfulness, stress management and curriculum design. Get a 50% discount on tickets by quoting BAMErecruitment. All proceeds go to Schools OUT UK registered charity.

 
Story of the Week

How a blind scientist’s mission to get lost in London shone a light on TfL red tapeMona Minkara has almost total sight loss. Prior to lockdown, Minkara chose to document the lack of independence that she possesses when travelling aboard the London Underground whose staff contested her choice not to be escorted. By doing this, Minkara hopes to shine a light on the lack of infrastructure available that would have allowed passengers with similar conditions to travel independently with confidence and not have to rely on the kindness of strangers or TfL employees.
Minkara advocates the need for choice, suggesting that improvements to the underground should ensure that "customers not needing any help can continue their journey unassisted" with the resources to feel safe doing so. Watch the video below to see how her experiment unfolds.
"Blind people should have a choice whether they want the help or not"
 
Featured Video

After Learning to Code at 81, She Made a Game for Fellow Seniors
Japan has one of the oldest population on Earth, and you're never too old to learn new things. Masako Wakamiya is a testament to this, creating her own game when she couldn't find any that were catered to her age group. At 84-years-old, Wakamiya is an IT Evangelist and Digital Creator while also empowering senior citizens to engage with technology and stay connected.
There are almost no game applications for seniors to enjoy. Masako Wakamiya changed that.
 
Inspirational Person of the Week

Aaron Philip scores a Moschino campaign
Aaron Philip is the first Black, transgender, and physically disabled model to be signed to a major agency, and is now the face of the new Moschino campaign. The significance of this is huge for queer and disabled visibility in fashion. Philip described her response as “shell shocked” and added “This is the start! More REAL space for us!”. Her goal is to normalise people like herself in the fashion industry and society as whole so that disabled people, trans people, gender nonconforming people can exist and work authentically as themselves. This campaign is proof she is making huge steps to achieving this goal, for herself and for others that will feel empowered to follow in her footsteps.

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