Westminster Briefing event in London on ‘Supporting BME People in the Workplace’

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Jawad Syed’s lecture on a relational and intersectional perspective on diversity management: The case of Muslim women at work in the UK

The event was facilitated by Jagtar Singh (NHS Trust Chairman) while other speakers included Omar Khan (Director, Runnymede Trust) and Anne Sylvester (Diversity Consultant)

Targeted killings in Bangladesh: Victims, culprits and countermeasures – Jawad Syed

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bdSince 2013, Bangladesh has been repeatedly in headline news across the world due to systematic and incessant targeted killings. In the mainstream media, both in South Asia and the West, the focus has been generally on high profile murders of secular and progressive bloggers, e.g., recent worldwide broad coverage of the tragic murder of Xulhaz Mannan, editor of Bangladesh’s first LGBT rights magazine. However, not many know that these killings are only one part of the story. Secularists and bloggers are not the only community under attack in Bangladesh. Unless other pieces of the story are taken into account, the picture will remain incomplete and a meaningful resolution may remain evasive.

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Djokovic business case for higher men’s pay in tennis harms equality – Jawad Syed

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Source: The Conversation

In a controversial yet thought-provoking comment, world number one Novak Djokovic has questioned the equality of prize money in tennis, suggesting that men should be paid more as they have more spectators. Djokovic made the remarks following the furore created by Raymond Moore, CEO of the Indian Wells tournament, who said that women players rode on “the coat-tails” of the men’s game. Moore has since resigned.

Djokovic said:

Stats are one of the … reasons why maybe we should get awarded more. As long as it is like that and there is data and stats available and information … upon who attracts more attention, spectators, who sells more tickets and stuff like that, in relation to that it has to be fairly distributed.

He further said that male players should follow in the footsteps of the female players who “fought for what they deserve and they got it. On the other hand, I think that our men’s tennis world, ATP world, should fight for more because the stats are showing that we have much more spectators on the men’s tennis matches. Women should fight for what they think they deserve and we should fight for what we think we deserve.”

Djokovic’s comments can be analysed from two perspectives on diversity: the business case and social justice case.

From a purely business perspective, the argument that viewing statistics may be used to determine fair distribution of prizes at joint events seems to be credible. This is broadly consistent with the human resource management principle of pay for performance or commission for sales. However, this argument fails to make or promote the case for why equality and diversity matters in business.

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Sexual Orientation Diversity and Islam

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Lecture by Professor Jawad Syed at the SexGen Seminar

Date: 30 October 2015
Venue: Quayside, University of Huddersfield

British South Asian Issues of Gender and Sexuality foreground some of the challenges and opportunities facing British South Asians living in the UK today. These experiences are forged via the intersections of age and generation, ethnicity, faith, gender, sexual identity and other social characteristics such as socio-economic class and spatiality. Whilst not avoiding ‘thorny issues’ such as forced marriage, sexual orientation and the impact of fundamentalism, the workshop placed these in the context of the many different subjectivities that British South Asians have, and highlighted agentic coping strategies for dealing with racism and other social inequalities.

Professor Syed’s lecture highlighted the Islam vs West oppositional binaries that currently dominate the issues of sexual orientation diversity with reference to Muslim communities and tend to ignore important colonial and other historical contexts within which such debates are to be placed and critically evaluated. Syed also Continue reading

Oscars Diversity Row – Jawad Syed’s interview on Radio Huddersfield

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Here, Prof Syed talk about the Oscars and how, for the second year in a row, all of the 20 acting nominations for the Academy Awards are for white actors.

Interviewed by Nicole Reid of Music Radio Huddersfield on 16 Feb 2016.

Link to the article on the University of Huddersfield web site: http://blogs.hud.ac.uk/academics/blog/2016/01/29/oscars-presenters-announced-amid-diversity-row/

Employment relations in Hong Kong

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Prof Syed’s group photo with an enthusiastic and talented cohort of students of Employment Relations in Hong Kong.

The module taught under the auspices of Hong Kong Management Association and the University of Huddersfield focused on contextual and global challenges of employment relations, workers’ rights and responsibilities, and diversity management in Hong Kong.
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Oscars So White: An Institutional Racism Perspective

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Author: Jawad Syed

Courtesy: CounterPunch

For a second year in a row, all of the 20 acting nominations for the Academy Awards went to white actors. Not unlike 2015, this has resulted in a heated debate about racial bias in the Oscars, and the opinions of film artists and activists vary from an almost blatant denial of racial bias to an outright allegation of racism.

Given the socio-cultural and economic significance assigned to the Oscars, the notion of institutional racism may be useful to examine this issue. Such examination may focus on (1) the process and (2) the outcome of the Oscar nominations. Continue reading

Don’t erase Christmas, make it more inclusive: Prof Pio

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Source: NZ Herald

AUT Professor of Diversity Edwina Pio said expunging Christmas by New Zealand organisations “is a bridge too far”.

“I would strongly urge organisations to display their respect, not by erasing the word Christmas, but by being more inclusive so that they keep Happy Christmas, but then also remember to wish individuals for Diwali, Eid Mubarak, Buddha Purnima, Happy Hanukkah and other Continue reading

Expert comment: Gender diversity on boards

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Cross-posted from: University of Kent

Dr Jawad Syed’s Comment

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) commissioned report titled “Gender diversity on Boards: the Appointment process and the role of executive search firms” provides an in-depth study into the appointment process to corporate boards and the role of executive search firms (ESFs). The report, produced by Cranfield School of Management, concludes that the Continue reading