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IEDP Issue 100                                                                              April 2022

A word from the Chair

Hello everyone,

I hope that this newsletter finds you well.

I love a good quote and I’ve found myself going back to this one from time to time: “Individual commitment to a group effort: that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilisation work” Vince Lombardi 

In a world that appears to be increasingly fractured due to economic, social and environmental pressures the voices of individuals are being drowned out. Along with that, there is always the fear that peoples civil rights will also be eroded as nations scramble to protect themselves. This is why increasingly people are coming together to  form groups, so that their voices can be heard.

This emphasises the need for the work that we have come together to do. 

On another note, we are pleased to announce that Barry Boffy and Marsha Ramroop are officially the  first Fellows of the IEDP. 

As always thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at an event soon.

If any of you would like to contribute an opinion piece please send us an email at


Denise Rabor, IEDP Chair 

P.S. Please don't forget to follow us on Twitter and join the conversation on Facebook. Also please check you are in our new Linked In group - i.e. the one called Institute of Equality and Diversity Professionals - not the old one (Institute of Equality and Diversity Practitioners)
Video: The Black Cop
We’re proud to share the BAFTA award winning short film ‘The Black Cop’ about Gamal Turawa’s life journey! This is an intense, intimate, honest and courageous film and you can’t help but be changed by it. 

Gamal is an Advisory Friend of the IEDP and we’re proud of his accomplishment. 
Watch here

Health and prosperity: Introducing the IPPR Commission on Health and Prosperity

IPPR is launching the Commission on Health and Prosperity in response to the covid 19 pandemic: their premise is that a fairer country is a healthier one, and that a healthier country is a more prosperous one.
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Improving the Ethnic Diversity of UK Boards An update report from the Parker Review

As a country we are dealing with the aftermath of our exit from the European Union and the economic ravages that COVID-19 has wrought. We are now facing too the unknown consequences of the tragic war in Ukraine.
The resilience and competitive position of our businesses, especially those competing in international markets, has never been more vital. This Review, in setting out its targets five years ago, focused on the business case — the importance of Boards aligning with their customer base and the need to recognise the impact of changing demographics on this and its implications for the recruitment of talent. The valued by-product of this approach is business’ contribution to a more just and inclusive society.
Such action also aligns companies with the evolving diversity requirements of investment communities on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Disability workforce reporting

In December 2021, the Government published a consultation to gather views on whether employers with over 250 employees should be required to report the number of disabled employees they employ.

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Racial and ethnic discrimination in a medical setting linked with COVID-19 vaccine refusal

A new study examining the associations between racial and ethnic discrimination and COVID-19 vaccine refusal has found that one in ten people from ethnic minority groups who refused a vaccine experienced racial discrimination in a medical setting since the start of the pandemic.

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When Your Efforts to Be Inclusive Misfire

As an HR leader and a DEI expert, I know that words matter — especially in high-stakes moments. I also know how hard it is to always get them right. You won’t always, but how you respond when you harm others is crucial.

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Authors welcome new Amazon adult disability fiction category

Disability fiction for adults will now be listed as a separate book category on Amazon, in a move welcomed by authors who campaigned for the change.

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Privileged people misjudge effects of pro-equality policies on them 

People from societally advantaged groups think equality-promoting policies will affect them negatively, even if they would actually benefit
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ITV launches program to create opportunities for employees from diverse backgrounds

A range of ITV employees identified as high-potential senior leaders have been chosen for a bespoke program led by ITV’s creative diversity partner Nahrein Kemp.

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New 5-Year Study: Gender Identity Is Stable for Trans Children

A new examination of gender identity trajectories for transgender children.

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Queer Britain gives the U.K. its first national LGBTQ museum
Years in the making, the new museum will celebrate British history and culture from across the queer spectrum.
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Documentary: Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and the Menopause

Davina was 44 and felt like she was losing it - hot flushes, depression, mental fog. Now she tells her menopause story, busting midlife taboos from sex to hormone treatment.

Watch here
Video: The Diversity Gap

The Diversity Gap Podcast explores the gap between our good intentions for diversity and the impact of those intentions. In this collection of conversations, you will be challenged to think about organizational culture and racial diversity in a fresh and nuanced way.

Listen here

400,000 people have left the workforce since the beginning of the pandemic because of reasons related to poor health, a report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has found.

The report, published to coincide with the launch of the IPPR’s Commission on Health and Prosperity, found that around one million people in total had left the workforce during the pandemic.

This included 200,000 who left because of long-term illness, and around 100,000 who left because of other health reasons, including providing unpaid care.

Find out more
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And finally...

We hope you enjoyed reading this newsletter and would welcome any feedback or suggestions about how we could improve it for the benefit of our members. If you have any ideas for future editions or would be interested in writing an item for the next issue please contact the IEDP office on: 

The deadline for contributions to the next issue is 20 May 2022. Please circulate this newsletter to anyone who may be interested in our work or who may wish to join the Institute.
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