Equity diversity and inclusion

Equity diversity and inclusion

About this theme

This theme covers topics relating to the realisation of a more equitable, diverse and inclusive society including across age, disability, gender, race, sexual orientation and other protected characteristics. It is an area of enduring interest that runs throughout our grantmaking. Fellows’ stories.

Fellows' updates July 2023 Fellow update: Nicole Devlin

Nicole Devlin (CF 2023) has featured in the Belfast Telegraph. Tyrone based Nicole is visiting the USA to find out how violence prevention programmes can be adopted in Northern Ireland. The article states that Nicole was motivated by hearing about the stories of women who have died in the country as a result of violence. Northern Ireland’s femicide rate is among the worst in Europe. Nicole will be learning about the Coaching Boys Into Men programme, which is run by the US-based Futures Without Violence organisation. She says: "We need to change these attitudes and behaviour from very early on if we are to see a cultural shift in tackling misogyny and reducing violence against women.” Though the initiative is global, it has not been established in Europe so far. She also explains how her PhD work ties in with her Fellowship project.

By Nicole Devlin, 2023

Fellows' updates July 2023 Fellow's update: Shaista Aziz

Shaista appeared on BBC Woman’s Hour discussing the women’s World Cup and Nouhalia Benzina, the first ever hijabi wearing player in the women's football World Cup. Shaista mentions her Churchill Fellowship - learning how to make football more equitable for Muslim women and girls. She describes how she will travel to France to learn more from muslim girls and women who are being prevented from playing football and Pakistan which has a thriving women and girls' football sector despite the high levels of violence. Shaista says that the main issue is not Islam or the hijab but the systemic oppression and need for the system to change to ensure equity for all. Listen on bbc.co.uk. Shaista also wrote a piece on decolonisation in football for CNN.

By Shaista Aziz, 2023

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