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DM Weekly Digest 30/09/2022

Met chief vows to be ‘ruthless’ in rooting out wrongdoing in ranks


Mark Rowley, in his third week in the job, said he would be “ruthless” in tackling racism and misogyny among officers.  Read more here.



Is the death of Mahsa Amini igniting the debate about women’s rights in Iran?


Mahsa Amini, 22, died last week following her arrest by Iran's morality police for "unsuitable attire" after she allegedly wore her hijab too loosely.  Watch here.



FIFA facing calls to EXPEL England and Wales' World Cup opponents Iran from the tournament in Qatar


Meanwhile, Rights group Open Stadiums has called on FIFA president Gianni Infantino to expel Iran from the upcoming, (and already controversial) World Cup in Qatar because of the country's treatment of women.  Read more here.



Stormzy: Diversity isn't just a buzzword


Stormzy urged the music industry to take diversity more seriously, as he was honoured at Wednesday AIM Awards.  Read more here.



Sexual harassment and racism ‘endemic’ in UK music sector


In related news this week, a survey of professional musicians sexual harassment, racism and bullying are rife across the music sector on a “devastating scale”.  Read more here.



Virgin Atlantic staff can choose which uniform to wear ‘no matter their gender’


Airline reflects diversity of workforce with policy on its Vivienne Westwood-designed outfits.  Read more here.



The long-misdiagnosed student heading to Cambridge to study medicine


Suffolk teenager Katy Shaw shares her story and explains what heading to Cambridge to study medicine means to her.  Read more here.



Disabled Tonbridge man forced to hobble across Gatwick Airport after wheelchair put on baggage carousel


To make matters worse, the £20,000 wheelchair was damaged on the baggage carousel.  Read more here.



Italy’s Giorgia Meloni denies she is anti-women as credentials questioned


Far-right leader posted sexualised clip of herself during election campaign, favours curbs on abortion and is against ‘pink quotas’.  Read more here.



Birmingham tower block focus of LGBT film


A film about two tower blocks associated with the LGBT community is to be shown this weekend during Birmingham's 25th Pride festival.  Read more here.



October is Black History Month in the UK!


Events, news and resources here.