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EQUAL PAY IS A STEP TOO FAR IN RECESSION

The body responsible for safeguarding equality in the UK will tell the government that the economic climate is too fragile to impose equal pay reviews on business. With women’s pay on average 17% less than men’s and the gap increasing, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, formed 18 months ago, will say that the reviews should be excluded from the forthcoming equalities bill when it publishes its recommendations. Summarising the strategy, the (former) chief executive of the EHRC, Nicola Brewer, said an entirely new equal pay act was needed, and called for “radical reform in the future.” This would be a...

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MEN, WOMEN: DO WE HAVE A PROBLEM?

I suppose I became a feminist when I witnessed domestic violence at close proximity. Within Asian families, I’m sad to say, violence against women can be rife. How that statistically compares with white families I don’t know, but I’m pretty confident in saying there are deep-rooted cultural traditions that value men more than women and let them get away with minor and major sexism against women. I’m going to play the race card here for a bit, because I think it’s worth doing. Asian men are terribly bad at feminism. I say this not because I derive some sadistic pleasure...

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FACING DISABILITY ON TV

It is parents who can’t face disability on TV Complaints that the children’s presenter Cerrie Burnell is ‘scaring children’ reveal an alarming prejudice towards disability … from adults Nine official complaints have so far been lodged with the BBC – plus many more blog postings – about 29-year-old children’s television presenter Cerrie Burnell, who was born with only one hand. Parents have complained that they cannot let their children watch her because the sight will “possibly cause sleep problems”, that she is scaring toddlers, and that they are being forced to discuss the issue of disability with their offspring before...

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CELEBRATING INTELLIGENT WOMEN

The University Challenge sensation Gail Trimble is not the first intelligent woman to face prejudice and slander Some men define themselves by which part of the female anatomy they prefer: breasts, legs, arse, etc. Personally, I’m more a brains and face kind of guy. I’ve always been attracted to intelligent women with beautiful facial features, and my wife ticks those boxes for me. Gail Trimble, the grand boffin of University Challenge who seemed to have a Google implant in her brain, has ventured into relatively uncharted territory for brainy women: she has become a media sensation. Not only have her...

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ENIGMATIC OR ENRICHED?

Heritage I prefer to use the term “Mixed Heritage” to describe myself. There is actually only one human race and we are all part of it, “mixed race” may imply that there are many races within the one human race and to me that also implies and reinforces the implied hierarchy. I have heritages from several parts of the human race none is more important than the other, they all just contribute to who I am. Language is extremely powerful and it is the societal context in which I live that makes it more comfortable for others to describe me...

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APPARENTLY, I’M NOT BRITISH

According to the Daily Mail, even second- and third-generation children born in the UK are not truly ‘British’ In another lifetime, a few years ago, when I used to run messageboards primarily populated by British Asians, we were occasionally invaded by National Front and BNP trolls. They told us to “go back to your own country”, and we retorted that we were born here and had as much right to call ourselves British as they did. Their retort almost inevitably was: “Just because a dog is born in a stable doesn’t make it a horse”. But who really takes lessons...

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CIVIL RIGHTS TIMELINE

January is Civil Rights Month in the USA so Diverse presents the Civil Rights Timeline. 1954 May 17 The Supreme Court rules on the landmark case Brownv. Board of Education of Topeka, Kans., unanimously agreeing that segregation in public schools is unconstitutional. The ruling paves the way for large-scale desegregation. The decision overturns the 1896Plessy v. Ferguson ruling that sanctioned “separate but equal” segregation of the races, ruling that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” It is a victory for NAACP attorney Thurgood Marshall, who will later return to the Supreme Court as the USA’s first black justice. 1955 Aug Fourteen-year-old...

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OBAMA’S SPEECH – AN ANALYSIS

YES WE CAN!! More prose than poetry means: it’s time to get down to work. A presidential inaugural address can be pitched either to the ages, replete with eternal verities, or to the particular moment, cataloguing the challenges of the day, but rarely to both. I think most of us expected the former from Barack Hussein Obama, whose most stirring oratories have certainly sung with ageless poetry. This speech had those moments, to be sure, and Obama from time to time reached back to Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and even to Paul the Apostle. But what was surprising was how...

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PRESIDENT OBAMA INAUGURATION – REPORT

Obama inauguration: We will remake America, vows President Obama America’s first black president promises to roll back Bush years and restore nation’s moral standing Barack Hussein Obama, the US president, ushered in a new era of Democratic rule today with a promise to begin rolling back the Bush years and restore the nation’s moral standing in the world. The 44th president, speaking in front of the biggest inauguration crowd in US history, said: “Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin again the work of remaking America.” An estimated 2 million people, wrapped up against the...

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA – FULL INAUGURATION SPEECH

My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition. Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of...