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05 Apr 2021

Diversity Lens - Issue 70

Apr 5

Diversity Lens - Issue 70

Welcome to Diversity Lens.
Diversifying your news consumption.


The Race Review - ordered by the government - released its report this week.

The report quickly dominated the news prompting overwhelming feelings of distrust and outrage at the findings.

We at BAME Recruitment & Diversifying are saddened by the misguided direction the review has taken. Rejecting the existence of systemic racism in the UK is a dangerous claim that threatens to undermine all the hard work gone into reversing such racial biases.

In order to fight injustices in our society, we need those in authority to first accept and acknowledge that there is a problem. The review, and the government by extension, has failed to do this.

We want you to know that we are listening to your outrage, and we share it. Stay with us as we continue to monitor the situation. For now, catch up on the rest of our stories this week below.
OUR STORY OF THE WEEK
"‘You’re too pretty to be autistic’: Why so many women are going undiagnosed" Metro.co.uk
This Autism Awareness Week, the Metro looks at the sexism inherent within autism research and diagnoses.

According to the National Autistic Society the most up-to-date ratio of boys being diagnosed to girls is 3:1 - up from 8:1 in 1995. The progress points to a gender bias that is slowly being corrected.

It is thought that women may be more adept at ‘camouflaging’ symptoms. In other words, there is more pressure on women to conform, and to present in a more socially acceptable way. The symptoms that present in women and girls therefore are often overlooked, as they do not match up with the male indicators of Autism.

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In Other News...
Lenny Henry tells black Britons: get Covid jab to avoid being left behind

Major Black cultural figures, including Sir Lenny Henry, pen an open letter to encourage vaccine take-up. Henry addresses the vaccine mistrust that is particularly affecting Black communities and urges people to protect themselves and their loved ones. The letter has now been turned into a short film, airing across several TV channels.Read more... (3 minutes)
Rebecca Welch the first female referee appointed to EFL match

We finally celebrate this significant milestone in English football - the first woman to referee in the men's English Football League. “I’d never seen myself as a trailblazer until the last year", Welch admits, but now accepts the title and is keen to show people that this can be done.
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BTS speak out on anti-Asian hate and share experiences of racism

The popular K-pop group have released a statement on Twitter addressing the rise in anti-Asian hate crime.
"We feel grief and anger,” they wrote. “We have endured expletives without reason and were mocked for the way we look. We were even asked why Asians spoke in English. What is happening right now cannot be disassociated from our identity as Asians.”
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This Week in D&I...
Face Reality, Rishi: The remote working genie is out of the bottle

The Chancellor urges companies to return to the office when lockdown lifts, citing 'spontaneity' and 'team-building'. Little evidence supports his claim that workers are desperate to return to face-to-face working. Contrary to Sunak's statement, well-being must be prioritised before forcing employees back into the 'normality' of busy commutes and long office hours.
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Video of the Week...
Transgender Day of Visibility
This week we celebrated International Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31st.
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