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DM Weekly Digest 01/10/21

It's 1st October and the start of a busy month - find a number of significant dates and international days happening across October here.


It's Black History Month! This year’s Black History Month is more important than ever. It’s not just a month to celebrate the continued achievements and contributions of Black people to the UK and around the world. It’s also a time for continued action to tackle racism, reclaim Black history, and ensure Black history is represented and celebrated all year round. Find a huge wealth of information on the website here.


Black Britons: what impact, if any, has Black History Month had on your life?


Black History Month in the UK is observed in October and The Guardian's community team would like to hear from Black Britons about what impact, if any, the event has had on their lives. Get involved here.


Betty Campbell: Statue honours Wales' first black head teacher


A monument to honour Betty Campbell, Wales' first black head teacher and black history campaigner, has been unveiled in Cardiff. Read full story here.


Interview with Stella Dadzie, feminist pioneer: ‘The Black British women’s movement was about life-and-death issues’


She co-wrote a classic, The Heart of the Race, and helped draw attention to overlooked atrocities – including racism in schools, police brutality and deaths in custody. Read her brilliant interview here.


New guidelines for transgender participation unveiled by UK sports councils


Trans women retain physique, stamina and strength advantages when competing in female sport, even when they reduce their testosterone levels, new guidelines for transgender participation in national and grassroots sport published by the UK sports councils will say on Thursday. Read full article here.


‘Call It’: app takes aim at sexual harassment in the film industry


UK producer Kate Wilson hopes it will force film executives ‘to take their head out of the sand’. Read more about how the app will work here.


If society valued Black women and girls, convicting R Kelly wouldn’t take so long


For decades, Kelly hid his predatory behaviour in plain sight – and people did nothing. A horrifying case here.


Anita Hill on sexual harassment and survival: ‘You have to think: what is my life for?’


Before Christine Blasey Ford and Monica Lewinsky, there was Anita Hill, shamed for exposing the actions of a powerful man. She explains how she withstood the tumult here.


Gender equality in science: inclusion and participation of women in global science organisations


A study reporting on the inclusion and participation of women in over 120 science organisations that are coordinated at a global level finds that women are still under-represented. It calls for a coalition for gender equality in global science to ensure a transformative action agenda. More findings from the study can be found here.


Safe to be Me: A global equality conference


The UK will host its first ever global LGBT conference in London on 27–29 June 2022, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the first official London Pride marches. Keep up with the latest updates on this here.


Channel 4 is a game-changer for disability and sport


Because of Channel 4, no Paralympic moment was undocumented; no Paralympic hero unsung. Read this opinion piece from Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and The Weald, here.


Northern Ireland Office failed to comply with equality scheme over legacy bill


The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) failed to comply with its approved equality scheme while developing legislation to address the legacy of the past, the Equality Commission has found following an investigation - read more here.