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DM Weekly Digest 04/08/2023

Fire chiefs admit to 'systemic discrimination' in the service


The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has admitted that there is "systemic discrimination" within the fire service. Read more here.



Women’s health at risk from UK aid cuts, Foreign Office warned


Hundreds of thousands more women will face unsafe abortions and thousands will die in pregnancy and childbirth as a result of UK aid cuts in 2023-24, Foreign Office ministers were warned in an internal assessment. Read more here.



Racism driving black and minority ethnic social workers into agency work, finds research


Experience of discrimination, along with economic factors, leading minoritised practitioners to quit permanent local authority posts, finds survey of social workers and managers in London and the South East. Read more here.



Wales' first disabled drag troupe take to the stage


The troupe is set to perform in a Welsh-language show called Ffabinogion at the National Eisteddfod in Boduan, Gwynedd. Read and watch more here.



‘I recognised myself for the first time’: the adults finally diagnosed as autistic


Antoinette Monks was diagnosed with autism and ADHD at 71, while Debra Brisch got her diagnosis at 68. Both say it was life-changing. Read more here.



Record numbers turn out for Liverpool and Kyiv Pride


Liverpool City Region Pride Foundation acted as host for KyivPride on their behalf after Ukraine banned the marches following the Russian invasion. Read more here.



Australia’s Indigenous voice to parliament referendum explained in 30 seconds


Australians will decide later this year if they will change their constitution to allow an Indigenous consultative body to advise on laws and policies. Read more here.



Pearl Mackie only learnt about the true horrors of Grenfell by starring in a play about the tragedy – and she’s absolutely appalled


Pearl plays Waitrose manager Natasha Elcock, one of the last people to be rescued from the tower block. Read more here.



The girl who was too good: how Lauren James rose to World Cup stardom


As the Lionesses march on through the World Cup, Lauren relates her rise to football stardom. Read more here.



Move over Barbie, Hijarbie is back – to celebrate Muslim fashion and culture


When a young Nigerian artist noticed a lack of modest fashion and hijabs for dolls online, she decided to create her own. Read more here.