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IEDP Issue 98                                                                              February 2022

A word from the Chair

Hello everyone,

I think that’s it’s fair to say that as we all try to regain some sort of balance and a degree of normalcy after the events of the last couple of years ….where we’ve learnt the true meaning of the phrase ‘expect the unexpected’…. we didn’t expect to be witnessing a war. 

Last month I spoke about the world being at a crossroads  “while we stand at the crossroads of a new year, we have to decide which way to go: forward in our commitment to creating a better more equal world with courage, compassion and steadfastness or backward, allowing fear, self-preservation and overwhelm to provide an excuse for not pushing for it.” 

Well, people all over the world are speaking up with courage, expressing their outrage. 

There is a lot going on, so much to be anxious about and it’s easy to forget about hope and optimism, especially in the light of our domestic challenges- as our govt is in disarray, the cost of living is going crazy and people are worrying about basic survival. 

It’s at times like this that we need to bring our values to the forefront  ….to walk them and talk them. To rely on our resilience and to use our networks, communities for shared action. We need to walk tall in our organisations to ensure that all voices are valued and heard.

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


Denise Rabor, IEDP Chair 

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DWP benefits statistics: February 2022

This is a summary of the latest National Statistics about the benefits administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

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How to Avoid (Unintentional) Online Racism – and Shut Down Overt Racism When You See It

Thank you for the resource recommendation, Emma Taub!

Whether you’re running an online business, browsing the web, or participating in an online community, there’s a solid chance you’ll run into some form of racism. It’s not that everyone’s racist — although that argument could be made.*

The problem is that racists tend to be loud these days, especially on the internet. It would be nice to say that writing this article will make them all shut up. It would be nice, but also impossible. Maybe one day, the whole of humanity will learn to stop making assumptions about people that look different from themselves, and I hope that day comes along soon.

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Ukraine crisis: donate now to protect children - Unicef UK

Conflict is escalating in Ukraine, putting millions of children and their families in immediate danger.

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Is Gender-Responsive Leadership in UN Peacekeeping the Missing Piece?

Despite two decades of the WPS agenda and countless international platforms stipulating the inclusion of women and of a gender perspective in peace and security practices, UN peacekeeping still has a significant gender problem.

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For world, Floyd's death was about race. Why not the trials?

For people around the world, the killing of George Floyd was about race

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Investors Are Waking Up To Market Potential Of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Interest among investors on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) continues to gain traction, almost two years after the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests. 

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What does the law say about compulsory retirement ages?

Asking older workers when they plan to retire can amount to age discrimination, as Nelu Abeygunasekera explains in light of recent case law

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Google’s image search gender bias shows underrepresentation of women

Google image searches of certain professions, such as “CEO”, have been found to solely represent men – Google claimed to have fixed this – but the results can change searchers’ worldviews

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Meet the incredible Edinburgh pair running the city's first 'queer cafe'

What started with a vision in 2020 has now become a reality, with an Edinburgh DJ and drag queen creating the city's first 'safe and sober' space for the LGBTQI+ community.

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International Women’s Day 2022: Dear Black Women x

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Documentary: We Are Black and British

Six black Britons from different backgrounds come together. Each shares a deeply personal story, raising tough questions about being black and British in search of answers.

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“I was particularly focused on ensuring that there was geographic and gender diversity covered in the content of the report but also in the way in which we produce the report” says Marie McAuliffe .
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Podcast - Anthony Taylor: Thinking correctly under pressure

Anthony Taylor is a current professional football referee. He has been a member of the Select Group of referees since the 2010/11 season, who officiate primarily in the Premier League.

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23 million people claimed some combination of DWP benefits in August 2021 (of the benefits included in these statistics). Of whom:

  • 12.6 million were of State Pension Age, 29% of whom were claiming more than one benefit

  • 9.5 million were of Working Age, 32% of whom were claiming more than one benefit

  • 570,000 were under the age of 16 and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance as a child

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