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IEDP Issue  89                                                                                     March 2021

A word from the Chair

Hello everyone, 

Welcome to spring!

March was a long month but the fact that it ended with the promise of an end to lockdown in sight and unusually sunny warm weather has been uplifting for many.

Of course, no amount of Spring weather has the ability to change the reality of the many challenges that we face.

Women’s history month was one of the highlights of March as well as International Women’s Day and while we celebrated the historical achievements of trailblazing women, as well as those who are making modern history in relation to gender and ethnicity like Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala the first woman and first African to be appointed to the role of Director-General of the World Trade Organization.

We are facing the challenges of the continuing gender pay gap, as well as the economic effects of COVID-19 on women in particular and let’s not forget the spectre of violence and sexual aggression toward women as horribly highlighted by the Sarah Everard case.

Race and ethnicity are also at the forefront with the UK talking about getting rid of the term ‘BAME’ on the one hand and the publication of the Government race review report which has been described as ‘tone deaf’ on the other.

The world's eyes are focused across the pond eager to see what the result of the George Floyd trial will be, while still reeling from the horrific murders of 8 Asian American women in Atlanta, as hate crimes against people of Asian origin are on the rise, often due to COVID blame. 

As always challenges abound & we have to continue to contribute in our own small way to be the change that we wish to see. 

On a lighter note, we recently informed you about our new membership tiers - which allow for all levels of experience to be acknowledged: we’ve been inspired by the positive feedback we’ve received from you and we’re working to process your upgrades. 

Lastly, if any of you would like to write a post for our blog please email us.

Happy Easter 

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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COVID-19 pandemic: has it turned back the clock on gender equality?

Not long into the start of the pandemic gender equality commentators warned about the potential disproportionate impact on women. One year on, we now have statistics to back them up. The report published by the Women and Equalities Committee on 9 February and data from the Office for National Statistics published on 10 March have shown that more women than men have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Now and the Future

Pandemics and Crisis: Gender Equality, Peace and Security in a COVID-19 World and Beyond

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Gender equality, the ‘unfinished human rights struggle of this century’: UN chief

Achieving equal rights for women is “the unfinished human rights struggle of this century”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in remarks to the Generation Equality Forum which began online from Mexico City on Monday. 

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She Told Us So 

This report by CARE the non profit was released in September 2020 and is called ‘She Told Us So’. It is a rapid gender analysis report that reports on the global impact of Covid-19 on women and girls. It not only provides statistics like that 41 % of women globally said that hunger was one of their biggest challenges during the pandemic, and that 27 % of women around the world reported an increase in anxiety, stress and mental health issues as a result of the pandemic, compared to 10 percent of men etc.... The report also highlights some positives such as the increase in female leadership in their communities and concludes with recommendations. 

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Disability charities benefit from £2.4 million fund

The money will fund services to provide practical support for disabled children, set up and expand helplines, and provide mental health and wellbeing support.

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TPR reports gender pay gap improvements, but ethnicity pay gap worsens

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has confirmed plans to develop a longer-term Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Action Plan, after its latest data on pay gaps revealed mixed progress on addressing pay gap issues.

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Race Report: 7 Things That Contradict The Claim Britain Is ‘Not Institutionally Racist’

The report by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities has been described as "deeply worrying" and an "insult".

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Boris Johnson's race commission 'to scrap use of BAME label'

Campaigners raise concerns about scope of commission after claims one of its key proposals focuses on term

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New Zealand brings in bereavement leave for miscarriages and stillbirths

Legislation allowing three days’ leave applies to parents, their partners, and parents planning to have a child through adoption or surrogacy.

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Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency

Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency is a deeply personal and candid film following Roman as he explores the mental health and suicide crisis affecting young men in the UK. 

PODCAST: Inclusion Bites
Inclusion Bites is a podcast series where Advisory Friend Joanne Lockwood interviews some pretty amazing people and simply has a conversation around the subject of inclusion, belonging and generally making the world a better place for everyone to thrive in.
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PODCAST: Inclusive Growth Show
Advisory friend Toby Mildon loves talking about diversity and inclusion - and that’s exactly what he does in this podcast, ‘The Inclusive Growth Show’. Each week, he interviews diversity and inclusion experts, thought leaders and senior business leaders making an impact in the working world - all to help you cultivate your own culture of inclusive growth!
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For example; a survey by Pregnant Then Screwed last year revealed that 53% of pregnant women believe their pregnancy was a factor in their redundancy decision while 61% believed that their maternity leave was a factor.
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And finally...

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The deadline for contributions to the next issue is 15 April 2021. 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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