Greta Thunberg, the Swedish schoolgirl who inspired a global movement to fight climate change, has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019.
The 16-year-old is the youngest person to be chosen by the magazine in a tradition that started in 1927.
Speaking at a UN climate change summit in Madrid before the announcement, she urged world leaders to stop using “creative PR” to avoid real action.
The next decade would define the planet’s future, she said.
Last year, the teenager started an environmental strike by missing lessons most Fridays to protest outside the Swedish parliament building. It sparked a worldwide movement that became popular with the hashtag #FridaysForFuture. More
Jane’s work on LGBT inclusion at her previous university, the University of the West of England (UWE), was recognised at the Stonewall South West Regional Awards on 5 February. 6 February 2020
Jane, who was recognised for her strong support for the LGBT community and LGBT staff and students, was delighted to receive the award and said:
I am proud of the work that I did as an LGBTQ+ ally which included bystander training for staff and student union societies. I feel very strongly that it is not up to individuals to have to defend themselves but it is our collective responsibility to not be bystanders.
October is Black History Month and with that in mind we
have chosen Elizabeth Anionwu as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.
Elizabeth was inspired to become a nurse at the young age
of four because, whilst a ‘wonderful nursing nun’ treated her childhood eczema
in an expert and sensitive manner.
Elizabeth has put in a substantial amount of her life into
her work as a nurse, health visitor and tutor working with black and minority
ethnic communities in London and in 1979 helped to establish the first
nurse-led UK Sickle & Thalassaemia Screening and Counselling Centre. She has
chaired several projects for the NHS Sickle and Thalassaemia Screening
Programme and in 2004 she was presented with the Royal College of Nursing
Fellowship (FRCN) for her work in the development of nurse-led sickle cell and
thalassaemia counselling services and education and leadership in transcultural
In 1988 she was awarded a PhD from the Institute of
Education, University College London and from 1990-1997 she worked at the
Institute of Child Health, UCL as a Lecturer then Senior Lecturer in Community
Genetic Counselling. She has written extensively and is a co-author of the book
‘The Politics of Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia’ published in 2001.
In 1997 Elizabeth was appointed as Dean of the School of
Adult Nursing and Professor of Nursing at the University of West London and in
1999 she established and was Head of the Mary Seacole Centre for Nursing Practice
until her retirement in 2007. The university then honoured her with the
award of Emeritus Professor of Nursing. In 2001 she was awarded a CBE for
services to nursing.
Elizabeth was vice-chairperson of the Mary Seacole
Memorial Statue Appeal from its launch in November 2003. The statue was
unveiled in the grounds of St Thomas’ Hospital in June 2016 and Elizabeth is
now a Life Patron of the new charity, the Mary Seacole Trust.
She was honoured with a Damehood in the 2017 for her
services to nursing and the Mary Seacole Statue Appeal. The Queen’s Nursing
Institute awarded her a Fellowship (FQNI) in October 2017. In July
2018, as part of the celebrations for the 70th Anniversary of the National
Health Service, Elizabeth was included in the list of the 70 most
influential nurses and midwives in the history of the NHS.
She is a Patron of the Sickle Cell Society, the Nigerian
Nurses Charitable Association (UK) and the Sickle & Thalassaemia
Association of Nurses, Midwives & Associated Professionals (STANMAP).
TV presenter Gabby Logan has encouraged men to be included in the discussion around menopause so they have more of an “understanding” towards women.
The BBC Sport host, 47, told the Women’s Health Going For Goal podcast she had been unprepared for the impact the menopause had on her.
She said: “Men work alongside women, men are married to women, and I think men also need to know what’s going on because we need to have that empathy and understanding of what’s happening to our partners, our friends.”
Logan said “more people are talking about” the effects and stages of the menopause now. More
Marked annually on 8 March, International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity at home, in the workplace and within wider society.
The theme for 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.
World Hearing Day is on 3 March and with that in mind we have chosen Eshaan Akbar as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.
Eshaan Akbar is a comedian who began performing stand-up in 2014. He has appeared on many tv shows including ‘Frankie Boyle’s New World Order’, BBC Two’s ‘Big Asian Stand Up’, as well as on BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Now Show’, BBC Asian Network, and is a regular on TalkSPORT and LoveSport.
Eshaan, who is a proud hearing aid wearer, has been a staunch supporter of Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) having performed in their Laughing to Deaf comedy fundraiser for two consecutive years, featured in #DontBeADonut campaign for Deaf Awareness Week in 2019, and acted as a spokesperson in the national media, including ITV.
A regular face on the comedy circuit, Eshaan has supported Micky Flanagan, Dane Baptiste, Hal Cruttenden, Rory Bremner, and Jan Ravens.
His show ‘Prophet Like It’s Hot’ at the Soho Theatre was a sell out, following a successful run at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.