Diverse Magazine

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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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NHS BOSS CRITICISES LACK OF DIVERSITY IN MANAGEMENT

New chief executive says there is a lack of managers from black and ethnic minority backgrounds involved in running hospitals. The NHS‘s new boss has criticised the lamentable lack of managers from black and ethnic minority backgrounds involved in running hospitals which, he warned, meant they are not reflecting the communities they serve. Simon Stevens, who began last month as chief executive of NHS England, said he is so concerned that he is developing a plan to tackle the service’s inaction over the lack of diversity in its leadership, which he claimed was holding the NHS back. This comes only a...

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NIGEL FARAGE AND UKIP’S BIGOTED POPULISM

Nigel Farage continues to insist that we should be worried if Romanians move in next door (Farage remarks branded racist by three senior Labour figures, 20 May), while YouGov finds that 51% of Ukip voters think immigrants and their families (including those born here) should be encouraged to leave Britain. This merely confirms what was already obvious, yet apparently needs to be spelled out: Ukip is a party that spreads and feeds off racism and xenophobia. For many years the rightwing tabloids have waged a campaign of hysteria about asylum and immigration, while both main political parties have either contributed or...

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WOMEN BISHOPS WILL HAPPEN, BELIEVES ONE OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND’S FIRST FEMALE PRIESTS

The Reverend Prebendary Philippa Boardman is sitting in a quiet room of her East End church when she flashes a mischievous smile and lifts up her jacket to reveal a purple cardigan underneath. In the annals of protest it is hardly the most drastic of actions, but it is, nonetheless, a form of quiet, stubborn rebellion. Boardman has been wearing something purple ever since 20 November, when the Church of England’s General Synod saw to it that neither she nor any of her female colleagues would be wearing the shirt of a bishop any time soon. “I came home on...

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DIVERSITY IN THE CIVIL SERVICE: IT’S A SORRY STATE OF AFFAIRS

The workers of Whitehall are still mostly white and male. Reports that there are more ethnic minority civil servants now is undercut by the realisation that their chance of promotion is on the slide. Who didn’t love the Machiavellian trio who ran the country in Yes Minister? They were very sharp-witted, very articulate, very learned, very male and very white. When dramatic threat was needed, an assertive woman was thrown into the mix, and as far as Sir Humphrey was concerned, she may as well have been a Visigoth. Things aren’t that bad in today’s civil service. But they are a...

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LIVERPOOL ROAD NAMED AFTER LOCAL HERO

A brand new road has been officially named Herbie Higgins Close, as a tribute to the local community leader who dedicated many years to improving the lives of the residents of the inner city community of Toxteth, Liverpool. Gleeson Homes made the special tribute to Herbie on the road which forms the latest phase of their Cawdor Park housing development in Granby. Herbie, who died in 2011 age 89, was instrumental in opening the first Merseyside Caribbean Centre and setting up the Liverpool Branch of the Community Relations Centre. He was awarded an MBE in 1996 for outstanding community service....

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WOMEN ARE NOT THE ONLY VICTIMS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE

It’s good Angelina Jolie is highlighting the horror of sex as a war weapon, but the campaign risks overlooking male, transgender and peacetime victims. This week Angelina Jolie expressed her hope that a summit hosted by the UK government in June will lead to increased prevention of sexual violence in armed conflict. Sexual violence is one of the many horrific facets of violent conflict and any steps taken to prevent it and to support the survivors are extremely important. However, there is a risk that narrowly focusing on sexual violence alone may not only fall short of the mark but also...

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EMPLOYERS SERIOUS ABOUT CHANGE NEED TO MAKE FEMALE TALENT A CORE BUSINESS PRIORITY

“Project 28-40 – The Report” is a reality check for employers.   There is a gap between organisational policies and the actual experiences of 28-40 women at work, including real challenges on bullying and harassment. Women want excellent line management – the basics are far more important than more female only programmes. Flexible working is essential to women in balancing their commitments, but the stigma attached can be an obstacle to progression. Helena Morrissey CBE, CEO of Newton Investment Management and Chair of Opportunity Now, said: “If business leaders are serious about change, we need to take the lead on women’s...

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‘ENOUGH IS ENOUGH’: THE FIGHT AGAINST EVERYDAY SEXISM

When Laura Bates set up her blog Everyday Sexism, she was told to relax: the battle for equality was pretty much won, wasn’t it? Here, she looks at the extraordinary pressures on girls today. Everyone has a tipping point. The funny thing is that when mine came, in March 2012, it wasn’t something dramatic. It was just another week of little pinpricks: the man who appeared as I sat outside a cafe, seized my hand and refused to let go; the guy who followed me off the bus and propositioned me all the way to my front door; the man who made a sexual gesture and...

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‘ONE IN, ONE OUT’ FOR FEMALE DIRECTORS

Study raises question of tokenism as FTSE 350 firms likely to appoint female director only as successor to another woman. The UK’s biggest companies are likely to appoint a female director only if the post has been vacated by another woman, according to research that suggests sex bias is entrenched at the top of British business. The report’s authors analysed the board composition and performance between 1996 and 2010 of companies listed on the FTSE 350 index, and say their research raises questions about whether companies are guilty of tokenism, and are failing to understand the moral case for bringing...