News & Blog


DM Weekly Digest 17/11/2022

Female migrant workers speak out about harassment in Qatar’s World Cup hotels


Globally, women hospitality workers are vulnerable to abuse, with sporting events linked to increased risk. The Guardian spoke to five women about their experiences in Qatar’s hotels.  Read more here.



David Beckham, Qatar World Cup and a question of gay rights


Meanwhile, as the World Cup's kick-off approaches on November 20, some celebrity ambassadors are finding that there may be a hidden cost for backing this tournament. Read more here.



Family of Awaab Ishak killed by mould in Rochdale flat say racism played part in his death


Awaab's family accused the housing association of racism, saying they have "no doubt at all" they were "treated in this way because we are not from this country".  Read more here.



Natasa Pirc Musar: Slovenia elects lawyer as first female president


Natasa Pirc Musar is a journalist and lawyer who ran as an independent with the backing of Slovenia's centre-left government.  Read more here.



Charlize Theron condemned for saying Afrikaans is dying language


Theron joked it was spoken by "about 44 people" and was "not very helpful".  Read more here.



John Lewis ad spotlights children in care - and a potential gap in diversity initiatives?


As John Lewis commits to becoming the employer of choice for care experienced young people, this article considers if there is a gap in current diversity initiatives.  Read more here.



West Mercia Police told to improve staff sexual misconduct probes


A report published on Thursday outlined an investigation into an officer over allegations of rape while off duty.  Read more here.



EHRC: Equalities watchdog accused of ‘gaslighting’ over Trans Awareness Week post


The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has been accused of “gaslighting” over a Trans Awareness Week post.  Read more here.



NHS Providers publish anti-racism statement


Further committing to its ambition to be an anti-discriminatory organisation, NHS Providers have published an anti-racism statement detailing what they are aiming to do in the fight against racial discrimination and how they intend to do it.  Read more here.



Former Colchester Mayor and councillor quit jobs over wheelchair access in town hall


Former councillors Gerard and Beverley Oxford resigned on October 20, saying a broken lift has been preventing Mr Oxford attending Colchester Borough Council meetings in person since May.  Read more here.



Government and Public Bodies

Who I am Matters - this report looks what people with a learning disability and autistic people experience when they need physical health care and treatment in hospital.  Read more here.


Sexism and inequality in football - the Women and Equalities Committee plans to hold two sessions on sexism and inequality in football, during the men’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar.  Read more here.