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August 31, 2021 // Navpreet Mangat  //       //  Opinion

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – What We Read and Discussed (August 2021)

Every year on the 26th August, Women’s Equality Day is celebrated in the US to commemorate the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, granting women the right to vote. But this year it feels different.

Over the last century, great women have proved what women are capable of achieving when given the opportunity, from the likes of Emmeline Pankhurst and Florence Nightingale fighting for civil rights and equality to great scientists such as Marie Curie, Rosalind Franklin and Jane Goodall.

So why does this year feel different? The current situation in Afghanistan has served as a stark reminder that women’s equality has grown to mean much more than just sharing the right to the vote. Across multiple media platforms, there has been countless reports of Afghan women being denied access to education, forced out of their jobs, and becoming victims of domestic abuse and violence, illustrating the struggles that women still face today.

While organisations like The Fawcett Society and Women’s Aid are continuing to work to provide women with equal opportunities to education and employment, pushing against suppression and violence towards women, and against discrimination and stereotyping, at A+P we wanted to show our support.

Earlier this month, Allison+Partners Women’s Leadership Program vowed to match donations our employees made to support Afghan women during the current crisis. With the agency match, Allison+Partners contributed $8,000 across three non-profit organisations outlined below.

  1. Women for Afghan Women
  2. Women for Women International
  3. Women's Regional Network

There are of course other ways you can help those in need in Afghanistan, such as supporting women’s media and female reporters or signing a petition. You can find more details on how to do this here.

Please see below for some of the DE&I content that we read and discussed in August.

LQBTG+

Tokyo hailed as turning point for LGBTQ+ athletes

There are at least 172 LGBTQ+ and out athletes competing in Tokyo, more than three times as many as Rio 2016. LGBTQ+ rights campaigners are hoping it’s a message of positive inclusivity that can have a lasting, global impact.


RACE

Discrimination based on your name alone is a stubborn reality in Britain today

What’s in a name? A great deal it would seem, including perhaps a diminished chance of being shortlisted for a job, offered a university place, or a rental property if you have an ethnic or racial minority background. In this article, Nasar Meer claims that until society confronts institutional and cultural racism, legislation designed to eliminate such inequalities will have little impact.


GENDER

Gender based hate crime still 'significantly under reported'

Nearly 100 gender-based hate crimes have been reported to police in Gloucestershire over the past year. Examples include singling women out with misogynistic insults or a woman being attacked by a man in public for wearing a skirt. According to the police, this type of hate crime is still "significantly under reported" and officers are urging more victims to come forward.


DISABILITY

WeThe15: 'Biggest ever' disability campaign aims to help end discrimination by 2030

Global organisations have united to launch what they are calling the "biggest ever human rights movement" towards inclusion for the world's 1.2 billion disabled people. The campaign called WeThe15 aims to end discrimination and improve the lives of disabled people across the world by publicly campaigning for accessibility and inclusion. It takes its name from the fact that disabled people make up 15% of the world's population and represent the world's largest marginalised group.


Got another 5 mins? Grab a coffee and take a look at what we read and discussed in July here, including the sad reality that deeply rooted racist behaviour and attitudes in sports still exists on and off the pitch.

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