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    Government ‘behind curve’ on supporting women in the arts

    A woman at a march in London highlighting the plight facing the theatre industrySOPA Images/SIPA USA/PA Images Women are still hugely under-represented in the theatre, film and television industry, according to a report published today (13 January).  The Women in Theatre Forum report warns that gender equality in the industry will worsen in the aftermath […] More

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    Is this really a good time to scrap unconscious bias training?

    “Not all training is created equal…and needs to be part of a wider solution”Shutterstock Earlier this month, the government said it would scrap unconscious bias training for civil servants, claiming there was not enough evidence it was effective. Darren Hockley explains why this is not the time to ditch training that challenges workplace prejudices. You […] More

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    Gender pay gaps rise at seven Whitehall departments – including equality

    Shutterstock Government departments released figures this week showing that gender pay gap has grown in seven of the 17 main Whitehall departments, with the Treasury being the worst-performing. The median hourly wage for women at the Treasury was 16.8% lower than men’s (up from 14.6% last year). Other poorly performing departments included the Department for Education […] More

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    Why does location matter for diversity and inclusion?

    Remote working may not work for everyone in the same wayShutterstock For organisations uncertain about remote working, 2020 was the year their preconceptions turned around. But in the ongoing quest for greater diversity and inclusion, there are still aspects of where employees work that we need to get right, says Steve Black.  We all know […] More

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    Paris fined for recruiting too many women

    Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo Lemouton Stephane/Pool/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images Paris city authorities have been fined €90,000 for recruiting too many women into senior roles and breaching the country’s rules around gender parity in public appointments. The decision to fine Paris was branded “absurd, unfair, irresponsible and dangerous” by the city’s mayor Anne Hidalgo, who also said it […] More

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    Personnel Today Awards 2020 winners: NHS praised for Covid response

    The NHS team celebrate winning the first of three awards, including overall winner. NHS England and Improvement has been crowned the overall winner at this year’s Personnel Today Awards. In a year in which thousands clapped for the NHS on doorsteps, the organisation was the clear winner for the “best of the best” prize after […] More

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    Equal Pay Day: pandemic put gender equality at a crossroads

    Shutterstock The UK has arrived at a crossroads at which progress in gender equality could either be set back decades, or further advanced through government intervention in driving positive change for female workers, an equality charity has said. In a report released on Equal Pay Day, the date at which women in the UK effectively […] More

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    Boardrooms now more meritocratic and diverse, study suggests

    Evidence shows that FTSE100 boardrooms are becoming more diverse and meritocratic, a study published today has claimed, with less reliance on familiar backgrounds and educational institutions. The study, by New Street Consulting Group, found that 79% of directors of FTSE100 businesses came from educational backgrounds outside of the global top 30 universities such as Oxford […] More

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    Hospitality and tourism must challenge ‘patriarchal’ culture

    olesea vetrila / The hospitality and tourism sectors need to challenge their ‘patriarchal’ culture and foster open discussion on gender-related issues if they want to improve gender equality, research has suggested. A research paper published by the University of Greenwich and the University of Surrey sets out three key recommendations to support female progression […] More

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    Freshfields is first magic-circle law firm to be led by a woman

    Photo: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer For the first time, a woman is to lead one of London’s five ‘magic-circle’ law firms. Georgia Dawson has been elected as the senior partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, as the London-based law firm looks to increase its presence in the US market. Fewer than 25% of partners among magic circle […] More

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    First female chief executive for a Wall St bank chosen

    Photo: Shutterstock For the first time a Wall Street bank is to be led by a woman as Citigroup has named Scotland-born Jane Fraser as its new chief executive. Fraser is the bank’s current president and head of global consumer division, and will become its new boss in February when current chief Michael Corbat retires. […] More

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