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30 Apr 2021

Diversity Lens - Issue 74

Apr 30

Diversity Lens - Issue 74

Welcome to Diversity Lens.
Diversifying your news consumption.

We kicked this week off on a high with the Oscars. Some political mayhem might have followed, but let's focus on the positives eh?

The second woman ever, and the first woman of colour took home best director - two incredible, overdue landmarks.

Disability representation also peaked this year with the first ever ramp at the awards, some brilliant nominations, and even a glimpse of sign language on the red carpet. Read on for our main stories this week.
OUR STORY OF THE WEEK
Having a baby as a queer parent was already hard enough. Thanks to the pandemic, now it’s ‘crippling’
The Diva survey released a report this Lesbian Visibility Week which found that more than a third of queer women and non-binary people faced significant challenges to growing their family. The exorbitant costs of fertility treatment were cited as the main problem.

However, the pandemic has exacerbated the mental strain of this lengthy and expensive process. The barriers for heterosexual and cisgender people starting families during the pandemic are piled on top of the pre-existing struggles for queer parents. This is particularly pertinent for non-biological parents, who cannot even attend the baby scan or hospital appointments.
"I’m really struggling, I’m the non-bio mother or parent. I don’t get addressed, I feel like I’m a third wheel, I’m not part of the journey."
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IN OTHER NEWS...

German gymnasts' outfits take on sexualisation in sport


Women in gymnastics are rejecting the sexualisation of their bodies in sport by altering their (until now) assumed attire. German gymnast, Sarah Voss sported a full-body suit at this week's European Artistic Gymnastics Championships - prompting other teammates to follow suit (pardon the pun). Voss hopes "gymnasts uncomfortable in the usual outfits will feel emboldened to follow our example". (Read time: 2.5 minutes)

Naomi Osaka’s new sunscreen brand is designed for people of colour


Ever seen a suncream specifically catered to people of colour? This generation's favourite tennis player launches Kinló, formulated for darker skin tones with more melanin. Osaka, who is of Japanese and Haitian descent, used to think she didn't need to wear sun protection - now she is passionate about protecting all skin.(Read time: 1 minute)
THIS WEEK IN D&I...
? LISTEN: Ramadan Under Lockdown with Bella Khaja

You'll probably know that is is Ramadan this month, however did you know that there is more to Ramadan than just fasting? Or that Muslim women in the UK are three times more likely to be unemployed?

Host of our podcast You Can't Say Anything Anymore! Naomi sits down with Bella Khaja, one of Singapore's leading social media experts to shed light on some of the challenges that Muslim women face globally.(Listen time: 42 minutes)

Joanne Lockwood: Allyship and going beyond the hashtag


In the digital age, it can be very easy to simply witness and/or post a lukewarm hashtag, motivated by the belief that this will prompt social change. Activist Joanne Lockwood gives advice on how individuals and organisations can transform good intentions into practical gestures. We've had the pleasure of hosting Lockwood on our podcast where she discusses the very issue of allyship and its value for marginalised communities.(Read time: 2 minutes)
How to spot a toxic culture in a job interview Were there smiles and transparency? Can I flourish here?
An interview can tell a lot about an organisation, and can be a valuable opportunity for you as an interviewee - if you ask the right questions that is. Forbes share some really valuable questions designed to expose a toxic work environment, or reveal an authentically inclusive one.(Read time: 5 minutes)
 
INSPIRATIONAL PERSON: CASTER SEMENYA
Caster Semenya has been patiently waiting for the European court of human rights to make their verdict, hoping that she will once again be able to compete in a sport that she has dedicated her life to dominating in.

Since 2018, Semenya has been fighting against a participation ban which discriminates against athletes with medical disorders like hers. Semenya's congenital condition causes elevated testosterone levels in her body - a factor that has led people, and the athletics governing body, to decide that she has an unfair advantage over other competitors.
"If all the tall players are banned from playing, will basketball be the same? Usain has amazing muscle fibres. Are they going to stop him, too?"
The problem with this however, is that we do not normally make a practice out of policing athletes's bodies.

Other athletes that dominate their field undoubtedly have particularities in their physical make-up which distinguishes them. Basketball players are on the whole tall - do we set a limit on exactly how tall they are allowed to be before it becomes unfair for us short people?

The ECHR verdict came back against her. Now, she will remain vocal for the people who are not given the same platform, she says. We stand with Caster.
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EVENTS
#WorkingLunch: A Deep Dive into D&I

We're all very good at TALKING about the subject, but are we actually DOING enough about it?

Cynthia Davis, co-founder of Diversifying, joins #WorkingLunch with Graham Palfery-Smith. Together, they're taking 'A deep dive into D&I'.

if you are truly committed to DOING something to make your organisation more a diverse, inclusive and equal place to work, then this one is for you. Join us on Wednesday 5th May at 1pm.

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