Report: ‘Talent not tokenism. The business benefits of workforce diversity’

In 2008, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, TUC and CBI published Talent not tokenism. The business benefits of workforce diversity.

The report demonstrates the potential rewards of diversity and argues that ‘promoting diversity in the workplace need not be expensive or time-consuming but it does require a commitment from the top to trigger a change in culture and attitude’.

Committee report on ‘Domestic Violence. Forced Marriage and ‘Honour’-Based Violence’

The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee published its report on ‘Domestic Violence, Forced Marriage and “Honour”-Based Violence’ on 13 June 2008.

The report states that ‘a lack of standardised data, and what is judged to be significant under-reporting, make it difficult to make an accurate assessment of the numbers of individuals experiencing domestic violence’, while ‘understanding of the scale of so-called “honour”-based violence and forced marriage is even patchier’.

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Fawcett report: ‘Routes to power’

Fawcett published the final report of its ‘Routes to Power’ research study on ethnic minority women leaders in May 2008.

Funded by the Government Equalities Office, the study interviewed 23 of the most senior ethnic minority women in Britain including Baroness Amos (the first Black woman in the Cabinet and to lead the House of Lords), Irene Khan (the first woman, the first Asian and the first Muslim person to hold the position of Secretary General of Amnesty International), and Ruby Parmar (the only female Asian partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers).

Findings revealed that organisations are still struggling to recognise and reward expertise when it is found in ethnic minority women.