New study reveals how hard COVID-19 hits BAME people We have known for many difficult months that COVID-19 was never likely to be a leveller, but the most comprehensive research to date has just confirmed that people with Black or Asian heritage are at a much greater risk of testing positively for the virus, and now we know that Asian people are more likely to be admitted to intensive care. The report, published by the Lancet in EClinicalMedicine, is a wide reaching analysis of published and peer-reviewed research into how the pandemic has disproportionally affected different groups in society. The [...]
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Business gives black interns that first foot on the ladder Some of the UK’s biggest employers are backing a campaign to give valuable opportunities to 10,000 black interns over the next five years. Extensive research has shown that boards with a more diverse profile perform better than those without, in terms of productivity, staff recruitment and retention; but climbing to a haughty position in the boardroom has been more difficult for black employees. The initiative will open up careers that ethnic minorities have struggled to access, with paid experience across a range of sectors which will ultimately improve their chances [...]
Free school meals can’t simply be flavour of the month While cafes, bars and restaurants have stepped forward to provide half-term meals for some of the most disadvantaged children in society, the government continues to dig its heels in over the call to provide free-school meals during holidays. Footballer Marcus Rashford spearheaded a campaign which led to a U-Turn earlier in the year but, despite increasing criticism from within Conservative ranks, Boris Johnson’s government has so far refused to budge in the Autumn half-term break. And that means the parents and carers of around 1.3m vulnerable children are going without [...]
Riverside takes real and practical steps towards race equality, by Lyn Bowker Following the death of George Floyd and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, many organisations rushed to issue public statements and make impressive corporate commitments to eradicate race inequalities. Here at Riverside, we have been quietly and steadily chipping away at our own race equality agenda since last year, looking at our systems and policies and identifying barriers to progression for our BAME colleagues and job applicants. Our work started back in the summer of 2019 when, led by our BAME staff network, Origin, we commissioned [...]
COVID-19 and Discrimination - Women ‘We’re all in it together’ was the mantra back in March when Rishi Sunak tried to bring the country together in the face of an unknown threat. The Chancellor unveiled a mammoth fiscal package to battle an unprecedented foe, designed to keep the country, its people and the economy on their feet. But our experience over the last six months has taught us that some of us are more ‘in it’ than others, as COVID-19 has turned out to be not a leveller, but a virus which can fuel inequality. In August, here at HDN, we [...]