In pictures: Male, Muslim and marginalised. Oxford University puts up more portraits of women. Historical dramas 'limit UK black actors' The BAFTAs, the British equivalent of the Oscars, will exclude films that are not diverse starting in 2019. Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images In an incredibly bold move, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced last week that, beginning in 2019, works that do not demonstrate inclusivity in their production practices will no longer be eligible for the Outstanding British Film or Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer awards at the annual BAFTAs, often considered the U.K. equivalent of the Oscars.* Eligible projects must showcase this in two of the following ways, as the BBC reported: On-screen characters and themes, senior roles and crew, industry training and career progression, and audience access and appeal to underrepresented audiences.
BAFTA will also remove the requirement that newly admitted voters be recommended by two existing members. Back in 2014, the British Film Institute established similar standards for projects seeking National Lottery funding in an effort to improve representation within the filmmaking industry. Segregation at 'worrying levels' in parts of Britain, Dame Louise Casey warns. Image copyright Alamy Segregation and social exclusion are at "worrying levels" and are fuelling inequality in some areas of Britain, a report has found.
Women in some communities are denied "even their basic rights as British residents", the Casey Review said. Where are the blue plaques for black and Asian people? Image copyright English Heritage At the same time a blue plaque was unveiled to mark the childhood home of football legend Laurie Cunningham it was revealed that in London, just 4% of the plaques honour black or Asian luminaries.
But in such an ethnically diverse city, why are there so few? According to the Office of National Statistics, London has above-average ethnic minority populations for the UK. These include African (7%), Indian (6.6%), and Caribbean (4.2%). But there is not a proportional number of plaques and English Heritage has decided to take action. Gus Casely-Hayford, a curator and cultural historian with Ghanaian roots, has been appointed the leader of a working group to try to redress the balance. It will not award plaques itself, but will look for Asian and black candidates to put before the selection panel, which grants only 12 plaques a year. Image copyright Pictorial Press Ltd/Alamy Dr Casely-Hayford says London is an "ethnic melting pot". Oxford University accused of bias against ethnic minority applicants.
Oxford University has been accused of "institutional bias" against black and minority ethnic students after figures revealed that white applicants to some of the most competitive courses are up to twice as likely to get a place as others, even when they get the same A-level grades.
Figures for applications to the university in 2010 and 2011, obtained by the Guardian under the Freedom of Information Act, revealed that 25.7% of white applicants received an offer to attend the university, compared with 17.2% of students from ethnic minorities. White applicants to medicine, one of the most prestigious courses, were twice as likely to get a place as minority ethnic candidates, even when they had the same triple A* grade A-level scores. Older figures for Cambridge university suggested a similar pattern. Airbnb introduces new anti-discrimination policy. Image copyright Getty Images Online accommodation site Airbnb is introducing a new policy to combat reports that black people are less likely to get rooms.
The move includes reducing the prominence of photos, introducing new technology, and asking users to sign an anti-discrimination agreement. A study last year found that people with names that suggested they were black were discriminated against. Theresa May launches race audit of public services. Image copyright Getty Images Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a review into how ethnic minorities and white working class people are treated by public services such as the NHS, schools, police and the courts.
The audit is aimed at highlighting racial and socio-economic disparities and showing how outcomes differ due to background, class, gender and income. France Burkini Ban. 2010 to 2015 government policy: community integration. Issue We want to achieve more integrated communities and to create the conditions for everyone to live and work successfully alongside each other.
Integration is a vital local issue and requires a local response. Although government has an important role to play, we want local communities to identify the issues which affect their area and to shape their own response. Actions. Statistics on race and the criminal justice system 2014. How are ethnic inequalities in education changing. Ethnic minorities face 'entrenched' racial inequality - watchdog. Image copyright Getty Images Black and ethnic minority people in Britain still face "entrenched" race inequality in many areas, including education and health, a watchdog warns.
A review by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which also looked at employment, housing, pay, and criminal justice, found an "alarming picture". Black graduates earn on average 23.1% less than white ones, and more ethnic minorities are unemployed, it found. Nadiya Hussain: The Great British Bake Off winner reveals racial abuse. The Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain has said racial abuse is part of her life - and has been "for years".
She revealed she has received abuse after "massive things happen" in the news, from 11 September 2001 onwards. "I've had things thrown at me and [been] pushed and shoved," she said. Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, she said: "I feel like that's just become a part of my life now. Muslim women at 'disadvantage' in workplace. Muslim women are most likely to be at an economic disadvantage than other social groups in the UK, according to a report by MPs.
The Women and Equalities Committee reveals Muslim women are three times as likely to be unemployed and looking for a job than women generally. Below are edited excerpts of the stories the BBC has received of varying experiences in the workplace. 'I wish I had the guts to start wearing the hijab again' "I am a qualified legal professional.
In numbers: Has Britain really become more racist? Image copyright other Hate crime rose sharply after the EU referendum, according to police figures. Black Lives Matter movement 'needed in UK' Activists have voiced hopes that a strong Black Lives Matter movement can be built in Britain following the growth of the campaign in the US. Organiser Joshua Virasami said black people should come together "to achieve justice and equality in Britain". The movement has grown over the past three years in protest at police killings of black people in America. EthnicPenalties341summ. Hundreds join Black Lives Matter march through London. Hundreds of people have marched on Westminster in protest at the shooting of two black men by police in America.
The Black Lives Matter march went through central London to the Houses of Parliament at about 20:00 BST. Why don't black and white Americans live together? The Majority Of UK Police Forces Are Still Disproportionately White, Figures Reveal. The majority of the UK’s police forces still have a disproportionate number of white officers compared with ethnic minority officers, it has been revealed. New figures showed that ethnic minority applicants have less chance of getting a job within the majority of forces than their white counterparts, the Press Association reported.