Unearthing new insight and evidence
In relation to most areas of public policy, people from minority groups are at a disadvantage. Black people are 6 times more likely than White people to be stopped and searched by the police, the gateway to all Criminal Justice System agencies. Gay men are 7.5 times more likely to have attempted to take their own lives than straight men. Disabled people are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people. Women do 58% of unpaid care work, with consequences on their income and health. Why? The answers vary for each service and for each target audience. In a nutshell, though, this is because social policies, services and products are developed to meet the needs of the largest groups of people.
This is where Versiti can help. We have worked for more than 20 years to address inequalities and promote greater equality and inclusion by improving the evidence base in relation to diverse minority groups.
Our experience spans government departments (e.g. Department for Communities and Local Government, Department for Education, Government Equalities Office, Department of Health, Home Office, HMRC, DEFRA), non-governmental public bodies, local authorities and large charities. We have earned a strong reputation for excellence, integrity and enthusiasm.
Diversity and inclusion is not just an issue for human resources, or a good thing to do as part of your corporate social responsibility, or a clever new marketing strategy to attract new consumers. Inclusive transformation is an essential strategy to capitalise on uncertain times and to future-proof businesses so you can take on global challenges.
The ASA recently courted Twitter controversy after banning two adverts on the grounds of gender stereotyping. Outrage from some is somewhat inevitable when any social justice and inclusion concern is moved forward. Criticisms levelled at the ruling have taken the form of ‘oversensitivity’ and ‘censorship’, with many wondering if these regulations have ‘gone too far’.
RNIB and Guide Dogs have a shared ambition to create a world where people who are blind or have a vision impairment can thrive in a world of diversity. However, they also face a common problem: the general public does not seem to know or care much about blindness.
At a time when competition for the viewing experience is fierce, fuelled by the stampede of Netflix, Amazon and others, Channel 4 needs to continue to have a relevant and compelling offer to viewers that are more diverse than ever. Like with any good strategy, this requires understanding their audiences’ needs, wants and perceptions.
Workplace discrimination among women and ethnic minorities is well documented. But what about experiences due to the intersection of both gender and race? How do these interact – over the lifecycle, at home, in schools and at work – to shape the careers of ethnic minority women? We explored how some of the most powerful ethnic minority women in the UK beat the odds.
Black boys and young black men are under-achieving in education and in the labour market. They are also over-represented in the Criminal Justice System. To tackle these issues, four government departments and a group of 25 third sector experts came together to create the REACH programme.
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