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02 Oct 2020

Diversity Lens - Issue 46

Oct 2

Diversity Lens - Issue 46

Diversity Lens

In a rush? This week we spotlight frank conversations from Billy Porter on Black masculinity, and Freddie Flintoff on eating disorders. Whilst a review is launched into misogyny as a hate crime, we celebrate the employers leading on LGBTQ+ equality. We hear inspiring stories from a wheelchair tennis champion and a TikTok activist. Scroll down for our new job vacancies this week!
Latest News

What does #BlackHistoryMonth mean to you?
In celebration of Black History Month, we at BAME Recruitment have created a video series featuring our team members and clients. You can watch throughout the month as they share their thoughts openly and honestly on what Black History Month means to them. We all have a responsibility to educate ourselves about black history and the inequalities black people have faced throughout the world, as well as the extraordinary achievements black people have made to society. Watch the series trailer below.
A new video series from BAME Recruitment

I’m A White Teacher. This Is How I’m Bringing Anti-Racism Into My Classroom
"In Education there is love and in love, there is a way." As the debate around introducing the legacy of colonialism into the curriculum continues, some teachers are taking it upon themselves to dismantle this legacy by refining the school system to one of restorative justice and progressive practice. Ivy Barnes, a primary school teacher from London, highlights the racial disparity in her school between the majority black pupils and the all-white senior members of staff and questions the lack of attention given to it. Barnes is determined, even without support of senior staff or governing bodies, to transform her classroom. Click the picture below to read more.

Read time: 5 minutes

Misogyny: Women 'should be protected' under hate crime laws
A review has been launched by the Law Commission to consider whether misogyny should be classified as a hate crime, and abusers should face tougher sentences. Gender is not currently a protected characteristic in hate crime law and campaigners want to change this. Labour MP Stella Creasy urges women to come forward who have experienced abuse because of their gender - “misogyny drives crimes against women”, she explains, and recognising this is key to tackling violence against women. Hear just a couple campaigners' experiences by clicking the image below.

Read time: 5 minutes

Freddie Flintoff hopes to break eating disorder stigma following powerful documentary
The ex-England cricketer discusses his experience of Bulimia in a new BBC documentary. His openness has deeply affected others suffering from the eating disorder, particularly men, and the "isolating" feeling of battling the condition. 25% of the 1.5 million people in the UK struggling with an eating disorder are male. James, who has also suffered from bulimia, says he "hardly ever" met other male patients like him; "you're told by this lack of visibility, that your experiences aren't real", he explains. He believes that Freddie's documentary could help others to seek help and break the stigma for men with eating disorders. Watch the trailer below.
"For years I've tried to keep it hidden"
Diversity and Inclusion Insights

Stonewall announces top global employers for LGBT equality
The variation in legislation surrounding the protection of LGBTQ+ employees in the workplace means that multinational companies cannot apply a one-size-fits all inclusion policy. The Global Workplace Equality Index recognises companies that accommodate an inclusive workplace culture for LGBTQ+ employees. Notable mentions this year go to Accenture which was awarded for its community engagement and Zurich has been recognised for a second year running for it's commitment to reduce the LGBTQ+ pay gap after the company published it earlier this year.
Read time: 2 minutes

Microsoft Teams Leapfrogs Zoom With Slew Of Dazzling Well-Being Innovations
The new Microsoft Teams features take your wellbeing into account. They are partnering with meditation app Headspace to bring “a curated set of mindfulness experiences” to your workday. Their brand new 'together' mode is designed to transform the impersonal grid of attendees into new, more intimate environments, including a kitchen bar and an outdoor theatre. In the future, Teams plan to bring in emotional check-ins and reminders to schedule breaks. What do you think of these new features?

Read time: 3.5 minutes

Why do so many boards of directors look the same?
CIPD Central London Branch are hosting a series of 'Why' webinars with the aim to disrupt norms, suspend complacency and ask the difficult questions. This panel discussion was arranged to "break the mould" of conversations surrounding ED&I and have a human discussion, looking at barriers to leadership, avoiding tokenism, educating an organisation, and much more. Join Founder and CEO of BAME Recruitment and other expert speakers on Tuesday at 6pm for an honest look at these hot topics. Click the poster below to register for free!

Celebrating Black culture and tech breakthroughs
Our friends at eBay are proud partners of Color in Tech - join their celebration of Black innovation, culture and contributions in tech at their 2020 virtual festival! Register now and check out their brilliant speakers. Click the poster below.

Story of the Week

Jordanne Whiley: Wheelchair tennis champion on motherhood and having it all
Jordanne Whiley was the first British woman to win a Grand Slam wheelchair singles title. In this article, the winner of 12 Grand Slam titles opens up about motherhood and the barriers as a female, disabled athlete. The 28-year-old quickly returned to the top echelon of professional tennis after the birth of her son and is determined to show that women can do “incredible things whilst being a mum and that you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other”. Jordanne is also passionate about raising awareness of disability sport, making viewership more accessible and generating more interest. 

Read time: 7 minutes
Featured Video

Experiencing Racism On TikTok | 'Go Back To Where You Came From'
Naomi was born and raised in the UK with Nigerian heritage. She has recently found success on TikTok and with it an increase in racial abuse. She perseveres in speaking out about racial injustices in Britain and venting her frustration of the racism she has experienced. Her TikTok has turned into an outlet for activism and a platform to educate others on the institutional racism that still exists here in the UK.
Naomi is told to go back to where she came from at least 10 times a week.
Inspirational Person of the Week

Billy Porter: "When shame is all you know, it’s a journey to let that go and really lean into the joy"
We kick off our first Inspirational Person of Black History Month with Billy porter - actor, singer, activist. i-D magazine interview Porter as part of their celebration of extraordinary Black voices, reflecting on masculinity, sexuality, and self-care during the pandemic. Billy encountered the world when it overwhelmingly communicated to men that the more "masculine" the "better" and he struggled with finding and accepting his authenticity amongst this age of hyper-masculinity. Whilst one could argue that we have moved largely past these prescriptive gender roles, "I chose my authenticity when it wasn’t popular", Billy emphasises. He discusses his relationship and mentorship of a younger generation of Black, gay men and his admiration of their freedom in queerness today. 

Read time: 9 minutes

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