Cricket is tackling sexism in India’s schools

Hundreds of thousands of pupils in schools across India are getting lessons in the art of cricket. But for a country which counts the sport as a national passion, these classes are not about finding another cricket superstar such as Virat Kohli. Instead the aim is to challenge gender stereotypes and promote equality between the sexes. Sumita Kumari, a teacher … Read More

Disability hate crimes: Charity staff trained to spot signs

A charity in Leeds is training its staff to help people with disabilities spot the signs of hate crimes. It comes after police figures show disability hate crimes and incidents have risen by 72% across West Yorkshire from 256 in 2014/15 to 915 in 2017/18. United Response is now working with police to help people recognise hate crimes and know … Read More

BBC announces action to boost staff from BAME backgrounds

The BBC’s director general has spoken of the “importance” of a report into the Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) culture at the corporation. Tony Hall addressed staff on Wednesday saying he was “determined” to implement findings from the two-year long review. The recommendations address ways in which the BBC can boost diversity and further the careers of BAME staff. Among … Read More

BBC vows to increase diversity of senior management by 2020

The BBC has pledged that at least two of its senior management team will be from a black, Asian or other minority ethnic (BAME) background by 2020, as part of a drive to tackle the lack of diversity at the top of the corporation. Currently, just one of the 15 members of director general Tony Hall’s executive committee responsible for running … Read More

Access to work: Funding increase for disabled workers

The maximum amount disabled people can claim to help them access employment is set to increase to £57,000 a year. This is a £15,000 – or 38% – rise from the current cap on Access to Work funding, which was introduced in 2015. The work and pensions secretary said the move was part of the government’s commitment to have one … Read More

Diversity key to meeting childcare hours pledge

Men, ethnic minority candidates and older staff could be the answer to fulfilling a pledge to double free childcare hours. An estimated 11,000 workers are needed to meet the Scottish government’s flagship policy. Funded nursery places for eligible two-year-olds as well as all three and four-year-olds will rise from 600 hours a year to 1,140 hours a year by 2020. … Read More

Sturgeon urges businesses to quicken pace of gender equality

The first minister has warned businesses to step up the pace of gender equality or the progress already made could stall. Nicola Sturgeon said companies must “inject new momentum” into improving women’s representation. She was speaking following publication of the Hampton- Alexander Review which calls for FTSE companies to increase the number of female board members. She said: “Public tolerance … Read More