Diversity & inclusion - why does it matter?


DM Weekly Digest 23/02/2024


Next month will see International Women's Day (8th March), which celebrates women's achievements, raises awareness about discrimination and promotes action to drive gender parity. This year's hashtag will be #InspireInclusion. Read more here.


The 19th March is World Sleep Day, a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving. Read more here.


Nowruz (No-Ruz or Farsi for “new day”), the Persian New Year is on 21st March - it is celebrated by more than 300 million people all around the world and has been celebrated for over 3,000 years in the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East and other regions. Read more here.


Finally, the Easter Weekend for Western Christians starts on Good Friday - 29th March.


Firms must help menopausal workers, or face being sued

Menopause symptoms can be considered a disability and employers face being sued if they do not make "reasonable adjustments", a watchdog has said. Read more here.

The specific guidance can be found here.


LGBT veteran in 'last battle' for navy ban compensation

Joe Ousalice was one of thousands who were affected by a ban on LGBT people serving in the British military. Read more here.


Greek same-sex couples race to wed after historic vote

The law, celebrated by dozens of people on the streets of Athens but opposed by the Orthodox Church and many right-wing politicians, will take a few days to become official. That has not stopped couples, many who have waited years to get married, to make the first steps. Read more here.


UK charities warn of ‘devastating’ council cuts to women’s services

Those dealing with violence against women most at risk as local authorities try to balance budgets, experts say. Read more here.


Grant Shapps accused of igniting 'weird culture war spat around wokery' over armed forces diversity plan

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, a Tory peer and former minister, accused Grant Shapps of "undermining" the armed forces. Read more here.


Baby loss certificates introduced in England

Bereaved parents who lose a baby before 24 weeks of pregnancy in England can now receive a certificate in recognition of their loss. Read more here.


From war hero to Olympic defeat: The courageous journey of Frank Dove

One of two black members of Great Britain’s team at the 1920 Games, the barrister was a popular figure and true champion. Read more here.


Pulitzer-winning composer Raven Chacon on ‘noise’ music and Indigenous histories

The Navajo artist and musician writes scores to be played on foghorns and guns or screamed out of a window. Read more here.












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