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DM Weekly Digest 28/01/22

In the week that commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day, we share some important articles that reflect on our responsibility to remember and act. We also celebrate the new French law to criminalise conversion therapy, and is climate change is inherently racist?


Let’s commit to ridding football of antisemitism


Hate in the stadium does not stay in the stadium and we all have a responsibility to remember and act, write Simon Taylor and Dr Kathrin Meyer - read here.


"We are the proof": The 'Windermere Boy' who survived four concentration camps


Icek Alterman lost most of his family during the Holocaust but went on to become a successful businessman and a beloved husband and father. Read his story here.


Nazis’ heinous crimes against thousands of queer people must never, ever be forgotten


To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, we remember the victims, LGBT+ and otherwise, who were murdered by Nazis. Read full article here.


Gay couple blocked from London house viewing due to sexuality


A gay couple were blocked from viewing and buying a house because of their sexuality. Read full story here.


Smoke and ire: Invasion Day protests across Australia – in pictures


Thousands of people across Australia came together on Australia Day for smoke ceremonies, dance and marches in the streets to protest at Invasion Day rallies. In Canberra, people gathered to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Tent Embassy. See the fantastic pictures here.


Equality and Human Rights Commission accused of ‘political interference’ over Scotland trans rights reforms


‘We do not need UK Government appointees telling us in Scotland how to legislate in devolved areas’, Scottish campaigners said - read here.


Ethnicity next step in UK financial sector diversity, says watchdog advisor


Britain's financial watchdog will publish requirements within a year for boosting ethnic diversity among employees in finance by using targets and not quotas, one of its advisers said on Wednesday. Read more here.


M&G launches global diversity and inclusion equity fund


M&G has launched a global equity fund designed to offer investors access to firms which demonstrate gender and ethnic diversity, while seeking to deliver strong returns. See full news story here.


Why climate change is inherently racist


Climate change divides along racial lines. Could tackling it help address longstanding injustices? Read this thought piece here.


Middlesex chairman condemned for ‘outdated’ views at racism hearing


English cricket has come under fresh criticism for its attitudes towards racism and “outdated” stereotypes after the chairman of Middlesex, Mike O’Farrell, told parliament that the sport’s lack of diversity was down to black players preferring football and rugby and the Asian community prioritising education. Read more here.


Harlow Council 'sorry' over handling of racism complaint


A council in Essex has apologised and paid £150 to a woman over how it handled allegations of racism towards her by a council officer. Full story here.


Government 'consultation' on disability strategy unlawful, High Court rules


A survey of disabled people, used to inform the highly anticipated National Disability Strategy, has been ruled "unlawful" by the High Court. Read more about the survey here.


Children’s mental health and disability is harmed by care worker shortage


LOVE Learning is a charity that provides specialist support to vulnerable children and young people, and many of those we work with are affected by disabilities or poor mental health. These children are at the heart of the support services provided by public, private and third sector providers across Scotland. Read more from Lynn Bell here.


LGBT rights: New French law to criminalise 'conversion therapy'


France has passed a new law criminalising the use of so-called "conversion therapy" to attempt to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBTQ people. Full story here.