MI 6 chief on why gender diversity is a matter of national urgency

MI 6 Chief Sir Alex Younger believes Britain’s got tech talent, and attracting the best and brightest means levelling the playing field for women in technology. Here’s why. “My message is a simple one: we need the best talent from the widest range of backgrounds to counter the threats facing this country and to seize the opportunities presented by modern … Read More

Gender pay gap starts early with 20% disparity in pocket money – study

Girls aged five to 16 receive £2.20 less per week than boys and are allowed less financial independence, report shows The gender pay gap by which women earn significantly less than men during their careers begins early in childhood with boys receiving 20% more pocket money than girls, according to a report. Not only do girls receive less money, they … Read More

Flintshire-based RainbowBiz Thrives After Receiving Support from Business Wales

A social enterprise company based in Flintshire is thriving after receiving support from the Welsh Government’s business support service, Business Wales, and has been shortlisted for a national award. Established in 2015 by director Sue Oliver and business partner and life partner, Sarah, RainbowBiz helps to promote equality and diversity within Wales. Although originally starting the company with a different … Read More

The cost of being a visible role model

“It is time to stop being humble and to start telling your story” –     Melanie Eusebe, Chair and Co-Founder, Black British Business Awards I recently re-read Melanie Eusebe’s inspiring article, ‘The disconnect : it’s time to stop being humble’ having not read it since it was initially published in 2014. When I first read the article just over 2 years ago, … Read More

Gender pay gap down to 5% among UK workers in their 20s, study finds

But Resolution Foundation says women will still earn significantly less during their careers as the gap widens after age 30 Women in their 20s have seen the pay gap halve to 5%, but just as in previous generations the discrepancy compared with men’s earnings widens when they hit 30 and start a family. In a report highlighting the challenge facing … Read More

6 best LGBT-inclusive books for kids and young adults

Discover reads that will help broaden their horizons – and encourage compassion in the classroom The stories we’re told as children can play a huge part in influencing our childhoods. They spark our imaginations and begin engagement with some of life’s big questions beyond the nursery room. While previous generations might have been limited to books about passive princesses rescued … Read More

Miranda Brawn Becomes Patron Of Black Cultural Archives

Black Cultural Archives’ Vice-Chair Miranda Brawn steps up to become a Patron of the UK’s Black heritage centre MIRANDA BRAWN has taken on more responsibility in addition to her current role at the Black Cultural Archives (BCA), based in Brixton south London. Brawn is currently Vice-Chair on the Board of BCA and will continue to support the sustainability of the … Read More

Microsoft celebrates diversity and LGBT equality in Christmas advert

Microsoft is the latest company to celebrate the LGBT community in their Christmas advert. The technology firm’s new Art Of Harmony campaign sees them celebrate real-life activists, including transgender reality star Jazz Jennings and seven-year-old Zea Bowling who stood up to a homophobic preacher. Others who feature in the advert include Mona Haydar, a Muslim-American activist who invites people to … Read More

High street disability access ‘needs more progress’

Not enough progress has been made to improve disabled access to Welsh high streets, a charity has said. Disability Wales told Good Morning Wales there has been some improvement in the seven years since its Streets Ahead report but more needs to be done, more quickly. The 2008 survey found problems with communication, attitude and access to shops and public … Read More

My Life Story – Joanne Monck

David Nigel Vincent Monck was born in June 1955, in Rugby Warwickshire, the first of two sons born to Anne Josephine and Peter. With blonde hair and blue eyes he was a healthy bonny boy. However he did not realise so young in life that he was about to start a battle. A battle that would last for the next … Read More