Nigeria criminalizes homosexuality

The Nigerian National Assembly is once again attempting to pass an anti-LGBT bill that failed to go through last year because of strong condemnation from the US and Europe. Billed as an anti-gay-marriage act, it is a far-reaching assault on basic rights of association, assembly and expression. The legislation has the full and enthusiastic support of the leader of Nigeria’s powerful Anglican church. Unless Continue reading

Microsoft seeks suppliers with Diversity

Employers have again been warned to tighten their Diversity practices after it emerged that Microsoft UK stopped using a supplier due to its poor policy on the issue. Dave Gartenberg, HR director at Microsoft UK, said that the global IT firm was increasingly looking at its suppliers’ Diversity policies. “In one case, we changed provider because they were cavalier towards the topic,” he said. Continue reading

Homosexuality in Polish schools faces censorship

The Polish government’s proposed legislation to censor all discussion of homosexuality in schools and other academic institutions would violate freedom of speech and impede free access to information. On March 13, the deputy minister of education, Miroslaw Orzechowski, said that the government is developing legislation to “punish anyone who promotes homosexuality” in schools and education establishments. Continue reading

50 years gender equality legislation

In 2007, the European Year on Equal Opportunities for All, gaps between women and men persist in most categories of human political, economic, social and cultural activity. The gaps between women and men in inter alia pay, pensions, working time, time spent caring for others, poverty, persist because the economy, the labour market and society still reflect stereotypical roles and an unequal division of resources and power between women and men. Continue reading

The globalisation of diversity – learning from different heritages

“One of the reasons diversity pioneers invented this concept back in the 1980s was to add a more positive and business-orientated perspective to what had been mainly a legal compliance issue. Consequently, a comprehensive approach was developed into more outward-driven programmes that aimed at supporting business results (“diversity for the bottom line”), beyond reasons of fairness and equality (“doing the right thing”). Continue reading