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AGE DIVERSITY EXERCISES FOR TEAMS

With the introduction of Age Discrimination legislation (UK October 2006, and consistent with European law), there is an increased need to raise awareness and to train people about ageism and age discrimination. Here are some ideas for activities and exercises which will highlight the issues. Organise teams and discussions according to your situation. Here are four separate ideas which can be used for exercises and team games. 1. Under age discrimination legislation many customary expressions in written and spoken communications are potentially unlawful if they refer to a person’s age (any age – not only older people) in a negative...

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DISCRIMINATION AT WORK DUE TO A CANCER DIAGNOSIS

Research has shown that most employers aren’t aware that cancer is covered under the Equality Act 2010 as a disability. Your employer should provide help and support to enable you to do your job. The Equality Act 2010 has replaced discrimination laws in England, Scotland and Wales – including the Disability Discrimination Act – bringing them together under one piece of legislation. These laws protect the rights of workers who suffer from illnesses like cancer. However, research shows only one in five employers is aware of this, so many people go without the support they are entitled to. Almost half...

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LIVING WITH ATAXIA

“My condition means people always assume I’m drunk…” When my best friend Judy turned 40, she organised a group of us to fly to New York. As the plane was ready to take off, three members of security approached me. “Madam, we’d like to escort you off the plane,” the manager said. “We think you’ve had too much to drink.” “Honestly, I haven’t had a drop,” I protested. They apologised and left me – but I wanted the plane to swallow me up. It had been the same situation when I arrived at the boarding gate, feeling tired and a...

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DISABILITY CULTURE

Nothing About Us, Without Us The lived oppression that people with disabilities have experienced and continue to experience is a human rights tragedy of epic proportions. Only in the last few decades has this begun to be recognised and resisted. Today, in fact, we are witnessing a profound sea change among people with disabilities. For the first time, a movement of people with disabilities has emerged in every region of the world which is demanding recognition of their human rights and their central role in determining those rights. “Nothing About Us Without Us“, a landmark book by James I. Charlton,...

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TIMES TOP 50 EMPLOYERS FOR WOMEN

Read the Times publication of the 2015 list   The Times Top 50 Employers for Women is unranked, and organisations are listed in alphabetical order below: Arup Asda Atkins Ltd BAE Systems Barclays BT Group plc Capgemini UK Carillion Plc Citi Credit Suisse Enterprise Rent-A-Car Eversheds EY Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Genesis Housing Association Goldman Sachs International Herbert Smith Freehills HM Revenue and Customs Hogan Lovells Home Office HSBC KPMG LLP Linklaters Lloyds Banking Group Marks & Spencer McKinsey & Company Mitie National Grid Nationwide Building Society Norton Rose Fulbright Obelisk Ofcom Olswang LLP PepsiCo Post Office PwC Royal Air Force...

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BRINGING ETHNIC DIVERSITY TO BRITAIN’S BOARDROOMS

Trevor Phillips interview: ‘Lenny Henry’s celebrity has allowed us to be heard’ – bringing ethnic diversity to Britain’s boardrooms.. A call in spring 2014 from Lenny Henry for cash to boost the presence of ethnic minorities in the broadcasting industry – on and off-screen – set a hare running. “When he made the speech I sent him an email which said: ‘I don’t care what you think mate, you’ve just been elected leader,’” says Phillips, the broadcaster and former head of the Commission for Racial Equality. The answer he got back was: “Get out of here.” Thanks to interest from...

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IFB2014 DI CONFERENCE HAILED A SUCCESS

Liverpool’s pride at hosting tremendously successful Diversity and Inclusion conference as part of the International Festival of Business Max Steinberg, CEO of Liverpool Vision and Chair of the International Festival for Business (IFB) has expressed his pleasure in the city of Liverpool’s hosting of the historic and successful Diversity and Inclusion conference, July 9th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. An impressive gathering of entrepreneurs, diversity practitioners, government agencies, college/university, and practice-based participants converged on the city to share knowledge and experience in the business and social benefits of diversity and inclusion, as a positive aspect of a global world and...

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IS RACE BEING ERODED FROM THE GOVERNMENT’S AGENDA

The row over two equality and human rights commissioners is symptomatic of coalition failure to engage, argues Ratna Lachman from Bradford. The news that the two of the current Equality and Human Rights commissioners – Simon Woolley and Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece have not been called for an interview despite putting their names forward to be reappointed, raises serious questions about whether the government is seeking to erode the Race agenda. Since the coalition came to power, we have seen what amounts to an assault by the government against its minority ethnic citizens, unprecedented in scale and pointing to institutional racism...

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CHURCH OF ENGLAND BANS BNP MEMBERSHIP

This week the Church of England voted overwhelmingly in favour of banning clergy from belonging to the British National Party. On the second day of the General Synod, the legislative body that meets twice a year, more than 300 of the 418 members gathered in Westminster endorsed a motion asking the House of Bishops to keep BNP members out of the church. The members wanted a policy similar to that adopted by the Association of Chief Police Officers, which bars police from belonging to an organisation that “contradicts the general duty to promote race equality”. The House of Bishops is...

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GARTH DALLAS: A SENSE OF JUSTICE FROM AN EARLY AGE

An insight into the driving force behind the work of Diverse Magzine’s editor, Garth Dallas, as featured in the Liverpool Echo, 29 May 2014.   I was born in Jamaica, the last of eight children in a family filled with great diversity of characters, instilling in me, from a very young age the values of ‘collective before self.’ I have very fond memories of my childhood, particularly my high school years. I attended what I’d describe as ‘the greatest high school in the world’, Kingston College (KC), an all-boys school with unrivalled history of academic and sporting excellence, balanced with...

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