Formerly known as BAME Recruitment

20 Dec 2020

Diversity Lens - Issue 6

Dec 20

Diversity Lens - Issue 6

Diversity Lens

Welcome to Diversity Lens, the newsletter from BAME Recruitment and Diversifying.io! We’re excited to be bringing you all the latest news and opinions about recruitment and the world of diversity and inclusion. We’ll also keep you up to date with what our teams have been doing and what’s coming up. Thank you for joining us on our journey. If you have any comments/content suggestions, or would like to contribute to Diversity Lens, please email info@diversifying.io.

 
Latest News

Merry Christmas from BAME Recruitment and Diversifying.io!
What a year it has been! Thank you to all our friends, clients, candidates and collaborators for your ongoing support throughout 2019. Our team has nearly doubled in size this year and we have continued to work with some fantastic organisations, both old and new, to drive the diversity and inclusion agenda forward.
We also raised money for Centrepoint and Save the Children on our Christmas Jumper Day. There's still time to donate to these great causes - please click on the links above.
From us all at BAME Recruitment and Diversifying.io, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Inclusive New Year! Look out for our next newsletter on 3rd January 2020.


Megan Rapinoe named Sports Person of the Year by Sports Illustrated
US football star Megan Rapinoe has just been named Sports Person of the Year, the fourth ever woman to win the prestigious title. The footballer captains Reign FC and led her team to victory at the World Cup in France this year. The US women’s team are the most successful in the sport’s history: They have won four World Cups, four Olympic gold medals and more than three-quarters of the matches they have played since their first, in 1985. In addition to the team's history of success, Megan has had numerous winnings this year, having won a Ballon d’Or award naming her Fifa's top women’s football player of 2019. Off the pitch Megan is also known for her social activism, LGBT+ Advocacy and calling for equal pay in the sporting profession. For more information about Megan and her achievements, click on the the photo below.




Pantene Christmas advert highlights challenges for LGBTQ+ people going home for Christmas
As we approach the Christmas season Pantene's advert has chosen to focus on LGBTQ+ people's stories and their difficulties with going home to their families. The video opens with the line, “While 137 million Americans will travel home this holiday season, 44 percent of LGBT+ people feel they can’t come home as their true selves." Ilaria Resta, the vice-president at Procter & Gamble, which owns Pantene, said: “Inclusion is at the heart of Pantene’s mission to celebrate the beauty of all transformations and of all people." In addition to this transformative message, Pantene has also pledged to donate $100,000 to Family Equality, a group that strives to improve the lived and legal rights of LGBTQ+ families. Click below to watch the video.
Pantene Coming Home for Christmas video
 
Diversity and Inclusion Insights
Less than half of BAME and LGBTQ+ people feel comfortable at work
A new study conducted by Culture Amp found that 54 per cent of black women; 58 per cent of LGBTQ+ women; 63 per cent of black men; and 69 per cent of straight white women don't feel that people from all backgrounds have equal opportunities to succeed at work. This compares to 80 per cent of straight white men who do feel that people from all backgrounds have equal opportunities to succeed. The study, which assess the views of 34,634 employees around the world, highlights gender disparity further, with only 54 per cent of straight white women saying that they feel included at work, compared to 69 per cent for straight white men. To read more click on the photo below.

 

Story of the Week

Finnish woman has become the world's youngest Prime Minister
Meet Sanna Marin, who has become the world's youngest prime minister at the age of 34. The transport minister was picked by her Social Democratic party after its leader, Antti Rinne, quit as PM. New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern is 39, while Ukrainian premier Oleksiy Honcharuk is 35.
Marin was raised by her mother and her mother's female partner. She was the first person in her family to go to university. For more info click on the photo below.

 
Featured Video

Old buses transformed into spaces for homeless people to eat, sleep and learn
Buses4Homeless is a low-cost holistic solution to homelessness. They refurbish decommissioned buses into spaces for eating, sleeping, wellbeing and learning in order to re-engage homeless people back into the community. Watch the video below as founder Dan Atkins discusses the project and why it was started, and hear from Krys speak about the project and how it has helped him.
For more info and to donate visit: https://buses4homeless.org/
Buses4Homeless
 

Inspirational Person of the Year

Greta Thunberg
To close up the year we thought it would be remiss not to highlight the extraordinary work of Greta Thunberg. The Swedish schoolgirl, who has inspired a global movement to fight climate change, has been named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2019. After she was pictured outside the Swedish parliament building with her 'School Strike for Climate Change' sign, the teenager's protests went viral on social media.
As support for her cause grew, other strikes started around the world, and the message spread with the hashtag #FridaysForFuture. By December 2018, more than 20,000 students around the world had joined her in countries including Australia, UK, Belgium, USA and Japan. Greta was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and in September 2019 she addressed the UN Climate Action Summit in New York. On her Time magazine recognition, Greta said that she was "a bit surprised" by the award, and added she wanted to dedicate it to all young activists.
For more info about Greta's influence and achievements, click on the photo below.

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