It comes as a shock to many of us that in 2017 slavery can be prevalent. According to Amnesty International, more than 20,000 migrants, refugees and asylum seekers unlawfully held in detention centres are facing brutal treatments of beatings, torture and rape. For the thousands trying to escape to Europe by sea, they face being intercepted … Continue reading African Lives Matter: End Slavery NOW!
Diversity Matters hosted a creative participatory workshop at Central Saint Martins in support of a MA student's research project using Anansi (the folkloric spider) to address colonial agendas. The workshop which used masking making as an aid to discuss un-masking colonial agendas was in aid of Vaidehi's research on legal agendas, their influence on the distribution of stories … Continue reading Unmasking Colonial agendas: Beyond the façade
With many bank firms across the US and Western Europe addressing diversity within their own company cultures and with their clients, this article opens the discussion as to how one Italian bank has been fostering collaborative spaces with immigrant communities.
In February 2016 Elton John wowed commuters passing through St Pancras, with a surprise performance at the station, and even donated the Yamaha B3 Piano to the station signed; "Enjoy this piano. It's a gift. Love, Elton John x". Often rough-sleepers or on low income, King's Cross' street pianists are able to find camaraderie amongst … Continue reading Elton John’s piano inspires #ThumbsUpFor Uganda piano tour
Misogynoir is misogyny directed towards black women where race and gender both play roles in bias. It was coined by queer black feminist Moya Bailey, who created the term to address misogyny directed toward black women in American visual and popular culture. This week's #DMSpotlight captures a dynamic discussion addressing misogynoir and how it affects the well-being of black women. https://www.facebook.com/diversitymattersuk/videos/319133951767299/ "I think misogynoir is really … Continue reading #DMSpotlight: Misogynoir and the well-being of black women
An invite to Manchester not only landed Diversity Matters founder Kai an opportunity to speak on the panel hosted by ThoughtWorks themed "Building a Space for All", but to also reflect on the theme by asking a few ThoughtWorks colleagues about their favourite space in their brand new office built with inclusivity in mind... https://youtu.be/ndQO57T3fEk … Continue reading Diversity Matters at ThoughtWorks Manchester: Reflecting on a Space Built for All
Almost year and a half after the announcement of whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union (leave won by 51.9% to 48.1%, source BBC), this week's #DMSpotlight quote serves as a reminder of unity through our shared 'lived experiences' and intersecting histories... "Brexit doesn't mean we should lose our 'Black in … Continue reading #DMSpotlight: Brexit doesn’t mean we should lose our “Black in Europe” solidarity!
"I am Italy also" / "Citizens without citizenship" These are some of the hashtags trending the campaign for recognition of Italians of migrant parents still being denied their birthright - citizenship! Earlier this year I joined Generation Rises activism group lead by young Italians of migrant parents, outside the Italian Embassy in London to expressed … Continue reading Generation Rises: “L’ITALIA SONO ANCH’IO” #Cittadinisenzacittadinanza
The Diaspora Pavilion run from May 13th at the Palazzo Pisani S. Marina during the 57th Venice Biennale, offering an alternative perspective to the conventional contemporary art discourse. As the exhibition drew to a close this week on the 26th November, I took the opportunity to reflect on my experience at the Diaspora Pavilion earlier this year... … Continue reading Diaspora Pavilion 2017: Through my lens and reflections
The first Diversity Matters Collective workshop took place at ThoughtWorks Soho on the 9th November... We're still buzzing from the sheer level of engagement and productivity we experienced! https://youtu.be/zRS9U3P5tqg The next steps for Diversity Matters is to form an Diversity Matters Advisory Board (CLICK HERE to apply) and offer collective members and associates an opportunity to Pitch an idea (CLICK HERE to pitch) for … Continue reading Diversity Matters Collective: How it went at ThoughtWorks Soho