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IEDP Issue 97                                                                              January 2022

A word from the Chair

Hello everyone,

Hello, can you believe that we’re at the end of January already? Well, I’ll still say HNY. 

It really does feel as though we are at a crossroads not just here in the UK but globally. Political, economic, social & environmental systems are being challenged by change & with so much in a state of flux, it can feel overwhelming and difficult to know what to focus on, especially as it feels as though we need to focus on everything…. Especially as we increasingly come to understand that what goes on elsewhere does impact us in one way or another.

But again, we have hope. But here’s the thing - none of the pressing issues can be resolved without an overarching emphasis on equality and inclusion: issues cannot be resolved without proper representation because it’s been proven that The best ideas come from varied voices and perspectives. 

If there’s one thing that we’ve become accustomed to over the last couple of years it’s living with uncertainty- but our resilience reminds us that ‘the show must go on’ regardless. So 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. 

We look forward to engaging with you more this year through some interesting events. We’ve also included a podcast to go along with the video that we feature each month. Lastly, our Diversity Voices interviews are back, so please do have read and if you know anyone who’d be a compelling interviewee please email and let us know. 

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)
Diversity Voices Interview: Gamal Turawa

Here's our latest Diversity Voices interview - this time we're talking to Gamal Turawa, a D+I facilitator, speaker and coach. 

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Just Mercy: a story of justice and redemption

The US has the highest rate of incarceration in the world. One in every 15 people born there today is expected to go to prison. For black men this figure rises to one in 3. And Death Row is disproportionately black, too.

Bryan Stevenson grew up poor in the racially segregated South. His innate sense of justice made him a brilliant young lawyer, and one of his first defendants was Walter McMillian, a black man sentenced to die for the murder of a white woman – a crime he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, startling racial inequality, and legal brinkmanship – and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

At once an unforgettable account of an idealistic lawyer’s coming of age and a moving portrait of the lives of those he has defended, Just Mercy is an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of justice.

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European equality law review

In this issue:
■ Systemic discrimination: rethinking the tools of gender equality
■ Fostering equality and diversity through transnational collective agreements
■ Positive action in practice
■ Religious holidays in employment – Austria, France & Spain
■ Using the concept of harassment in national antidiscrimination legislation as a tool in combating hate speech?
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Gender-critical feminism is not as popular as its supporters may want you to believe

A new report from one of the world’s largest fact-checkers debunks the notion that the campaign #KeepPrisonsSingleSex has widespread appeal.

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Half of workers are kinder to colleagues than before Covid, poll finds

Research also found mental health stigma reduced during the pandemic, but experts say businesses could still improve the support they offer employees

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School governors in England to be offered anti-racism training

Move to change recruitment culture comes amid concerns about lack of racial diversity among headteachers

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Employee wellbeing needs to be a year-round conversation

We need to be driving awareness and offering support for workers’ mental health for the rest of the year too, not just on so-called ‘Blue Monday’, argues Paula Allen

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EY launches UK Neuro-Diverse Centre of Excellence

EY has selected Manchester to launch its first Neuro-Diverse Centre of Excellence in the UK. Manchester joins one of thirteen locations around the world to have an EY Neuro-Diverse Centre of Excellence (NCoE), alongside Philadelphia and Boston.

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'Being oneself is not a crime': France bans gay conversion therapy with new law

France has introduced a new law banning the use of so-called conversion therapy to try to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Hawkeye Proved a Heavy Hitter for HoH and Deaf Representation

Not only do we get a regular, heroic main character visibly struggling with hearing loss, but we see how he interacts with his family, partner, and the world around him. 

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How to disagree productively and find common ground - Julia Dhar


Some days, it feels like the only thing we can agree on is that we can't agree -- on anything. Drawing on her background as a world debate champion, Julia Dhar offers three techniques to reshape the way we talk to each other so we can start disagreeing productively and finding common ground -- over family dinners, during work meetings and in our national conversations.

Watch here
Podcast - Finding the Courage for What's Redemptive

How to embrace what’s right and corrective, redemptive and restorative — and an insistence that each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve done — these are gifts Bryan Stevenson offers with his life. He’s brought the language of mercy and redemption into American culture in recent years, growing out of his work as a lawyer with the Equal Justice Initiative based in Montgomery, Alabama.

Listen Here

"On average, Gender Equality Index members’ boards are comprised of 31% women, and 72% of the member companies have a Chief Diversity Officer or an executive with the primary responsibility of diversity & inclusion. These companies have an average of 39% of women in revenue-producing roles and more than half (61%) require a gender-diverse slate of candidates for management positions."

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Contact us

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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 15 February 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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