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DM Weekly Digest 27/10/2023

Half of Britons can’t name a Black British historical figure, survey finds

More than half of Britons know so little about Black British history that they cannot name a single historical figure, a survey has revealed. Read more here.


Bianca Williams: Two Met officers sacked over athlete search gross misconduct

British world championships medallist Bianca Williams, 29, and Portugal Olympic sprinter Ricardo Dos Santos, 28, say they were racially profiled after being handcuffed and search in July 2020. Read more here.


‘Pervasive and relentless’ racism on the rise in Europe, survey finds

Poll of 6,752 people of African descent in 13 countries finds almost half have experienced discrimination. Read more here.


Now you see me: the Black fashion designers overlooked by history – in pictures

Charlene Prempeh’s new book, Now You See Me!, is a long overdue look at the Black creatives previously written out of the canon, and the ones influencing the conversation now. Read more here.


LGBT people in Ireland still 'fearful' after murders Aidan Moffitt and Michael Snee

Anxiety is particularly high amongst older people in the LGBT community after the conviction this week of Snee and Moffitt's murderer. Read more here.


Poland could now introduce civil partnerships, say LGBT activists, after shock election results

The defeat of Poland’s right-wing, anti-LGBT Law and Justice Party is being celebrated by LGBT campaigners. But can they win the fight for their rights? Read more here.


Biggest cervical cancer drug advance in 20 years hailed

Scientists say they may have made the biggest breakthrough in treating cervical cancer in 20 years, using a course of existing, cheap drugs ahead of usual radiotherapy treatment. Read more here.


Many thousands of men around the world are missing out on a life-extending prostate cancer drug that's available free in some countries.

Differences in national health care systems mean that while in some countries men are being given the treatment, many others are missing out. Watch here.


Views sought on disability support services

People in Cornwall are being asked to share their views on community activities that support adults with disabilities and "how they want them to be in the future". Read more here.


Iceland's PM strikes over gender pay gap

The "kvennafrí", or women's day off, has been called in protest at the gender pay gap and gender-based violence. Read more here.


Events in November:

Diwali - 12th

Diwali is the Hindu festival of Lights, which is celebrated with fireworks, dancing, music, the decoration of homes and feasting. The most important aspect is decorating with lights, especially the traditional Diwa candles. Read more here.


Anti Bullying Week - 13th-17th

A week for learning about the causes of bullying, identifying bullying and encouraging people to speak up against bullying, both children and adults. Read more here.


World Kindness Day - 13th

A day to celebrate and promote kindness in all its forms, and to appreciate the positive benefits of kindness to health, overall wellbeing, community, nature and the environment. Read more here.


World Children's Day - 20th

This date represents the UN adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is a day to to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into actions that will build a better world for children. Read more here.