Redditch Council leader Bill Hartnett nominated for prestigious national award

REDDITCH Council leader Bill Hartnett has been nominated for a prestigious national award. Cllr Hartnett has been nominated for the Positive Role Model award at the National Diversity Awards, which celebrate a new generation of role models for the United Kingdom. The leader, who has worked in local government for 30 years, said he was “humbled”. In that time he … Read More

‘Children need more inclusive books’

‘Children need more inclusive books’ Children’s literature is improving but there is still a lot of progress to be made in order to reflect modern realities for young readers, trade figures have said. The Reflecting Realities: British Values in Children’s Literature conference was held by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) in Southwark, south London on Wednesday 1st … Read More

Scotland’s First Gay Married Couple Hit Out at Civil Partnership Ruling

The first gay couple to be married in Scotland have expressed “gut-wrenching” sadness about the quashing of a bid for a civil partnership by a heterosexual couple. Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan have been fighting for their right to enter into a civil partnership, at present only available to same-sex couples. They argue it is discriminatory and should be open … Read More

Multi-Sensory Theatre Production for Learning Disabled Audiences

Audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities will be taken on a multi-sensory story of discovery in Home at The Courtyard. Frozen Light Theatre Company present their latest production, Home, which tells the story of Scarlet and Olive. In a new environment which is full of surprises, the pair must learn how to survive and create a future together as they … Read More

Lancôme Champions Power and Diversity of Women in Latest Campaign

French cosmetics brand Lancôme is focusing on the power and diversity of women in its latest campaign to mark the extension of its foundation range. The 40 Shades, 40 Powers campaign introduces consumers to 40 completely different women who are successful and challenging the status quo in their lives. It looks at people like TV presenter Sophie Morgan, innovator and … Read More

Diversity: More Than Just A Buzzword

Diversity. Having worked in the equality and diversity field over several decades, I’ll be the first to admit that I sometimes fear diversity has become more of a buzzword than a real force for inclusiveness. Diversity is the buzzword in everything from workshops to expos and conferences and everything in-between, but what about in the workplace? It’s all too easy … Read More

Depression Is Now The ‘Leading Cause Of Disability Worldwide’, WHO Reports

Depression is now the leading cause of disability across the globe, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed. More than 4% of the world’s population lives with depression – with young people, pregnant or post-partum women, and the elderly being most affected. According to the United Nations (UN), the mental illness costs more than $1 trillion a year globally. This is … Read More

Diversity Sells

French Vogue has announced that it will feature Valentina Sampaio, a Brazilian transgender model, on its cover this March. This is a first for Vogue, and the first time a transgender model has ever appeared on the cover of a French magazine. In the pages of the issue, the editor-in-chief, Emmanuelle Alt describes the motivation behind the decision to include … Read More