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19 Feb 2021

Diversity Lens - Issue 64

Feb 19

Diversity Lens - Issue 64

Welcome to Diversity Lens.
Diversifying your news consumption.

This week the government announced plans for a testing 'blitz', looking towards easing lockdown - a glimpse of hope as the cold weather retreats slightly. More good news for your binging schedule as the new Britney doc is released in the UK, an exposé on sexism and celebrity.
In our most important news this week, we bring you a story of the youngest self-made female billionaire, an investigation exposing trans-misogyny where it can harm the most, and the latest must-read book on antiracism that is designed to keep you uncomfortable. But for now, relax and scroll on.

‘If they sound like a man, hang up’ – how transphobia became rife in the gender-based violence sector
“I just remember there being far more comments like ‘Yeah we only support real women’,” Cora says.
A gal-dem investigation has uncovered "an underbelly of transphobia" within the VAWG (violence against women and girls) sector. Gal-dem conducted extensive interviews with workers across many of the major organisations, as well as talking with academics within gender studies. Their probing discovered a continually hostile environment surrounding trans victims and trans-related issues.

This bias cannot be understated, given that one in six trans women are likely to experience domestic abuse. Evidence gathered points to concern among junior workers in VAWG organisations to be trans-inclusive, but refusal from senior team members to engage in the conversation, or in some circumstances, even encouraging hostility towards transgender women.
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In Other News...
Bumble gave women more power in dating. Now the app is giving women power in the boardroom.

Many people have heard the name Whitney Wolfe Herd for the first time this week. She has risen to public attention since becoming the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire at 31 from her dating app which stipulated that women make the first move. Herd now intends to take her company public with a female chair and women occupying 8 out of 11 board members.
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Stonewall announces groundbreaking new partnership with TikTok for LGBT+ History Month

The Stonewall channel on TikTok will aim to “educate and inspire the next generation of advocates" with its content, as well as reporting on LGBTQ+ history and lived experiences. TikTok in turn will join Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme, receiving ongoing support for nurturing LGBTQ+ inclusive workplaces. Check out this Stonewall TikTok featuring Ben Hunte.Read more... (2 minutes)
This Week in D&I...
Most job ads use gendered words

A recent report has found that only 38% of job ads use gender-neutral wording despite those postings outperforming others. Ads that avoid gender-coded language yield more applications and better apply rates. Gendered language can vary across different sectors, although a few overt examples include "aggression", "decision" and "sensitive". The impact of job advert copy should not be overlooked when reexamining inclusive hiring processes. Read more... (1.5 minutes)
Career Coaching Opportunities is a career coaching company on a mission to empower young people to discover their unique skills and choose a successful career path. We’ve teamed up with to offer 10 of our readers a FREE coaching session, normally priced at £200. Open to 17-25 year olds. To be in with a chance of winning, follow on Instagram and send a DM to them with your name and email address by 20th February (first 10 to respond will be selected as the winners).
Upcoming Events...

Entrepreneurs Uncovered: Women Changing the Game

In honour of International Women’s Day (March 8th), join our CEO Cynthia Davis, who will be chatting candidly with four brilliant female entrepreneurs. These women are experts in the fields of retail, skincare, neuromarketing & branding, and career development.

So get comfy, grab a drink, and discover the highs and lows of establishing your own brand, with the chance to get your burning questions answered. Save your space here.

Masterclass Presentation: Diversity and Inclusion in the Age of COVID-19

We are delighted to support the University of York in their upcoming Masterclass event.

The pandemic has thrown our world into crisis mode - the most pertinent issues of our time have either been exacerbated by the effects of the virus, or sidelined. BAME Recruitment founder and CEO Cynthia will interrogate the impact this has had on our workforce now and into the future, post-Covid world. Register here.

Quiz: The History of LGBT+ Rights in the UK
Join a fun and interactive quiz with a difference on 27th February.

The quiz will be hosted on Kahoot and in addition to being anonymous and fun, you will gain an overview of key moments in LGBT+ history in the UK and beyond. Winner gets 3 free tickets for this zoom training session (worth £150). Get your ticket now.

Video of the Week...

'Don't let fear stop you' - What's it like being an LGBT+ football fan?
Do you feel safe as LGBTQ+ in football crowds?
Changemaker of the week...

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu
This Is Why I Resist by Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu has been years in the making by prominent activist, lawyer and founder of Women in Leadership Publication, Dr Shola. Finally released this January, the book is a study on “race, racism and race inclusion” in all of our lives, whether we are from an ethnic minority or not. Dr Shola tackles timely issues such as performative allyship, identity politics, and white feminism.
“Slavery is what started the dehumanisation, commodification, misrepresentation and marginalisation of Black people. We are still dealing with that legacy today.”
Read an excerpt from from chapter six, 'Does My Afro-Visible Feminism Threaten you?' here.

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