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DM Weekly Digest 24/09/21

‘We buried our sportswear’: Afghan women fear fight is over for martial arts


Female taekwondo and karate trainers are forced to practise in secret since the Taliban takeover and fear they may never compete again. Read the full article discussing rights and freedom here.


Men on horses chasing Black asylum seekers? Sadly, America has seen it before


The Biden administration has condemned abuses at the border – while maintaining the policies underlying these abuses. That’s beyond cynical says Moustafa Bayoumi here.


Black Caribbean girls in England ‘twice as likely to be excluded from schools as white girls’


Data also shows that school exclusions for girls are growing at higher rate than for boys. Read more about the findings here.


Sadiq Khan calls for misogyny to be made hate crime following Sabina Nessa’s murder


This comes in the wake of horrific murders of women on the capital’s streets and parks. Read more here.


Malvern councillors reject calls to join LGBT equality index due to cost


The council will not be signing up to an LGBT equality index because it would cost too much. Read more about their discussion regarding the Stonewall LGBT Equality Index here.


Milestone for campaigners as world's first LGBT-inclusive education resource launches in Scotland


This week, the Scottish Government and TIE have launched a new set of inclusive teaching resources for both primary and secondary pupils across the country. Read more here.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programmes highly valued by employees, but two British employees out of five regularly experience microaggressions


41% of UK employees report that colleagues often say hurtful things to them based on their differences without realising they are being hurtful. Some shocking stats in this report.


Third of businesses do not have inclusion and diversity strategy, survey finds


Experts say findings are ‘disappointing’ and urge organisations to rethink ‘high risk, short sighted’ approach. Read more about the survey report here.


Chatham-Kent police aims for more diversity, inclusion


In an effort to strive for more diversity and inclusion within its ranks, Chatham-Kent police will be launching a new recruitment and advancement strategy, along with a co-ordinator position, police services board members heard this week. Find out more about their strategy here.


Refugee athletes blaze a trail for disability inclusion through sport


UNHCR disability inclusion specialist Ricardo Pla Cordero explains how the agency’s support for the Refugee Paralympic Team fits into its wider work on behalf of refugees with disabilities. Read the interview here.


Boots, Baileys, Tena and more shortlisted for C4's Diversity in Advertising Award

Channel 4 has unveiled the six shortlisted finalists of its £1.1m Diversity in Advertising Award. See them here.


The Food Standards Agency Diversity Report 2020 has been released


Read it here.