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14 May 2021

Diversity Lens - Issue 76

May 14

Diversity Lens - Issue 76

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This week the Queen outlined our government's priorities moving past the COVID era.

On the upside, plans were set out to ban conversion therapy for good. However, this promise is not exactly new. Measures will also be taken, she announced, to 'reduce racial and ethnic disparities' although it is safe to say that the controversy of the Race Report is far from forgotten.

The most shocking outcome from the Queen's Speech is the intent to introduce compulsory voter ID - a 'Trumpian' move which will undoubtedly suppress our cherished democracy. More on this story below and further advancements this week.
Voter ID: Photo ID checks at UK elections is ‘threat to the right to vote’, say civil liberty groups
No one is advocating for voter fraud. The reality is that fraudulent voting is currently a non-existent problem in the UK.

What is a major problem is the imbalance in voter engagement - nine million people are missing from the electoral roll.

Civil rights group Liberty is fighting against the introduction of voter ID checks at general elections. They point out that millions of people do not own valid ID, or the means to secure one, and that this will effectively lock out many from exercising their right to vote.

Predictably, the communities that are likely to suffer the most from this rule change are marginalised groups including poorer communities and minority ethnic groups.

The overwhelming response to the plans is one of confusion at the unnecessary legislation, and fear of the catastrophic effects on political equality.
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Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey join forces for mental health TV series
Following his appointment as a Chief Impact Officer of the employee mental health service BetterUp, Prince Harry is creating a docuseries alongside Oprah Winfrey delving into the same issue. Winfrey hopes the series will make the conversation about mental health more approachable while featuring high-profile guests such as Lady Gaga and Glenn Close. The Me You Can’t See is available on AppleTV+ from the 21st May. (Read time: 1 minute)
The next Olympics could feature its first ever out trans athlete
Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is set to make history at the COVID-delayed Tokyo games this year. Trans women are eligible to compete in the games, as long as their testosterone levels are below a certain point. Hubbard, 43, from New Zealand has faced attempts to prohibit her participation but USA Weightlifting supports her.(Read time: 3 minutes)
Men who harass women from cars should be prosecuted, MPs say
Cat-calling is a constant and demeaning burden for countless women on a daily basis, incited only by being visible in public. To tackle this, a cross-party alliance has been formed to pressure the government into introducing stricter penalties for acts of misogyny. #CrimeNotCompliment is a campaign that aims to criminalise all forms of public sexual harassment, equipped with a read-made bill.(Read time: 1 minute)
Zoom CEO Eric Yuan has ‘Zoom fatigue’ too
As HSBC join the 'Zoom-free Fridays' trend this week, so too does Zoom CEO find himself suffering the all too familiar fatigue. Zoom has become synonymous with working from home, however this reveal by Yuan hammers home the importance of scheduling in breaks and limiting unnecessary meetings - right from the horse's mouth.(Read time: 1 minute)
Call for contributions - Educating Out Racism Educating Out Racism will be back in September for its 3rd Edition and we invite you to submit a proposal to be part of the knowledge sharing, in the form of a discussion, keynote or a workshop. The deadline for submission is Sunday 27th June. A recording of the last conference can be found here for context.
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