Restarting our LGBT+ staff network with a ‘town hall’ meeting on 27 March

Come along and discuss and share your ideas for our network whether you’ve been to network events before, or are new to the network.

We are looking to restart the activities of the university’s LGBT+ Staff Network.  If you would like to be involved please do come along to our ‘town hall’ meeting and let us know your opinions.

The meeting will take place from 4pm on Wednesday 27 March in the Stephen Lawrence building SL001 on the Greenwich campus. Colleagues from Avery Hill, Medway or Bathway who’d like to attend please see the university bus service timetable.

When the network is reestablished our intention is to hold activities and events across our three campuses.

Please let us know in advance if you intend to come along, or if you’d prefer simply pop in on the day.

If you can’t make the meeting please feel free to email us at to express your interest and we will keep you informed of activities and events.

We really look forward to seeing you on 27th.

Companies told women must make up third of senior directors by 2020

Domino's Pizza

Dozens of firms, including Domino’s Pizza, JD Sports and Greene King have been told to put more women in their boardrooms.

The Investment Association, a financial sector trade body, and the government-backed Hampton-Alexander review wrote to 69 companies.

They have called on them to have 33% of their boards made up of women by 2020.

The review has threatened to brand them “red tops” as a warning to investors about their lack of gender diversity.

They said it was “unacceptable” that one in five of the UK’s biggest companies in the FTSE 350 index are falling short on gender diversity.

Of the firms singled out, 66 have only one woman on their board, while three firms – property investor Daejan Holdings, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels and TR Property Investment Trust – have an all-male board.  More

Afghanistan’s first all-female orchestra Zohra visits the UK

Zohra led by Negin Khpalwak

Five years ago, a unique all-female orchestra was formed in Afghanistan, a nation where only a few years previously music had been outlawed and women barred from education. Now Zohra is visiting the UK for the first time.

No-one claims that in Afghanistan, the Taliban influence has been rooted out entirely. Violence continues. But two decades ago, the Afghanistan National Institute of Music would have been unthinkable.

ANIM was founded in 2008, with international support, to bring music education to young Afghans. Not long before that, the Afghan capital Kabul had finally been wrenched from the grasp of the fundamentalist Sunni Muslim Taliban.

In the Taliban years, music – once a thriving and rich part of Afghan culture, admired around the world – had all but disappeared.

Today in Kabul, ANIM teaches music skills to some 250 young people, both male and female. That figure is about to rise to 320 and there are plans to expand to cities such as Herat, Mazar-e Sharif and Jalalabad.  More

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