A Week ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, initiatives to tackle antisemetism in the UK are being unveiled in a variety of fields, from soccer fields to university campuses to Parliament.
Chelsea Football Club announced Tuesday that it will launch a campaign to raise awareness among players, staff, fans and the wider community about antisemitism in soccer.
The club will officially kick off the initiative on January 31 at its Premier League game against Bournemouth, with an apparently high-profile activity that has yet to be announced.
The initiative will be run as part of the Chelsea Foundation’s Building Bridges campaign, which strives to promote equality and celebrate diversity.
“Everybody at Chelsea is proud to be part of a diverse club,” Chelsea FC said in a statement. “Our players, staff, fans and visitors to the club come from a wide range of backgrounds, including the Jewish community, and we want to ensure everyone feels safe, valued and included.”
The club will work together with the Holocaust Educational Trust, the Jewish Museum, the Community Security Trust, Kick it Out, The world Jewish Congress and the Anne Frank House on the Campaign.
Chelsea Owner Roman Abramovich said ” with people around the World observing International Holocaust Memorial Day later this month, We are reminded that there is still so much to be done in the fight against Antisemetism. That is why I am Proud to have launched, together with Chelsea Football Club, this initiative to challenge Antisemetism in all its forms.”
”I am very Impressed by the important work the world Jewish is doing in this area and am delighted, therefore, with the partnership we have entered into to jointly raise awareness of Antisemetism in Sport and together making an effort to tackle it” Abramovich added.
The Campaign will include a focus on Jewish faith and culture in equality and diversity workshops run in primary schools and an education program for supporters banned for anti-Semitic behaviour to help them to Understand the impact of their actions. Participation in the course could result in a reduction in the length of their ban.
Chelsea fans have recently been accused of of employing anti-Semitic songs, chants and gestures.
The campaigns steering Committee, led by chairman Bruce Buck, Includes prominent Jewish leaders such as President of World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder, Vice chairman of the Conference of presidents of Major American Jewish organizations Malcolm Hoenlein and National director and CEO of the Anti-Defamation League Jonathan Greenblat.
Activities set to take place throughout the year will also include an exhibition at Chelsea FC Museum and screenings of ‘Liga Terezin’ a documentary about a soccer league run from a concentration camp during the Holocaust.
The club has also invited Holocaust survivor Harry Spiro to Chelsea to Share his and his families story.
Educational Visits to former Concentration camps for staff, fans and stewards are also planned, similar to an initiative launched by the government to take students leaders to visit Auschwitz.
MAYOR Sadiq Khan has unveiled a major new campaign for 2018, to mark 100 years since women gained the vote in the UK and to drive forward the progress of gender equality across London.
Titled #BehindEveryGreatCity – a play on the feminist slogan of the Sixties and Seventies, “Behind Every Great Man Stands A Great Woman” (a mantra that the mayor says he isn’t a fan of, because really it should be that they stand alongside one another), to highlight how women have driven their city’s successes – the year-long initiative will also celebrate the role that London played in women’s suffrage. It coincides with the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave some women the right to vote.
While the anniversary will be a time to celebrate and recognise the progress that has been made in the last few decades, Khan is more keen to address how much further there is to go in the fight for gender parity, using 2018 to “turbo-charge” the rate of progression, he told us as he announced the campaign to students at Platanos College in Stockwell on Monday morning.
“A big part of it is changing the stereotypes, changing the prejudices that people have,” he said. “I passionately believe that it can’t just be a fight for girls and women, it’s got to be all of us.”
“We need more boys and men getting it, not just because they are fathers of daughters or because they have a sister they care about, but because we will benefit as a society if we have equality,” he added, before quoting Malala Yousafzai – “We cannot succeed while half of us are held back.”
The gender pay gap will, naturally, be a focus, with the mayor saying that companies over a certain size being required to publish their overall mean and median pay gaps – in line with government legislation that is to be brought in next year – must only be the first step in tackling the issue. Khan reiterated that the reasons for discrepancies in how much men and women earn must be looked at, highlighting some ways in which the Greater London Authority is attempting to address it. The Metropolitan Police, for instance, is now offering graduates a direct route to becoming detectives, having found that some women were discouraged by the traditional constable route.
“We’ve normalised gender pay gaps but that isn’t right, it shouldn’t be a thing,” he said.
As for whether he has a target in the reduction of the gender pay gap, the mayor was steadfast. “It should be zero as soon as possible – there’s no excuse for a gender pay gap either way,” he told us, while acknowledging that changing the workforce would take time. Increasing professional accessibility, including into City Hall, and improving transparency are two of Khan’s key goals.
He also addressed how serious issues regarding the treatment of women in certain industries have come to light in recent months – particularly in the wake of a number of allegations being made against Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo campaign that followed – saying that having safe avenues for people to express grievances and seek support is critical.
“One of the things that is particular to the creative industry sector is that a lot of work you get is by word of mouth and there can be ripples. The most recent example is of Peter Jackson and the Harvey Weinstein case, where two actresses were blackballed. That happens a lot. That’s why it’s important that, when you see it, you highlight it, call it out. It’s a wake-up call.”
“It may just be the tip of the iceberg, there are many other industries where this may be happening,” he continued. “You’ve seen it in Parliament now too. What other walks of life is this going on in? That’s why it’s important that we have a culture where people aren’t worried about being blackballed or labelled.”
Naming his mother (“in our family there was no issue about gender stereotypes – we all did cooking, ironing”) and Doreen Lawrence (“she’s changed the narrative around ethnicity, changed the law, and has been a formidable fighter”) as two of his feminist role models, Khan said that he wants to make sure that London is a “beacon” for gender equality. The capital’s cultural sphere, for a start, will see changes next year. The first statue of a woman, suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett interpreted by Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing, will be unveiled in Parliament Square in spring 2018, while Art on the Underground – Transport for London’s public art programme – will present works only by female artists for the entirety of the year.
“I think London is the greatest city in the world,” Khan said of launching the campaign. “It’s the city I want to raise my daughters, but it’s still the case in 2017 that there are problems. If you’re born a girl you don’t have the same chances as if you’re born a boy.”
The “ladies and gentlemen” greeting on Tube announcements is to be scrapped, Transport for London (TfL) has announced.
London Underground staff have been told to say “hello everyone” in an effort to become more gender-neutral.
TfL said the move was to ensure all passengers felt “welcome”.
LGBT campaign group Stonewall welcomed the decision, which was supported by London mayor Sadiq Khan at a session of Mayor’s Question Time last month.
The revised phrasing will be applied to all new pre-recorded announcements made across the capital’s transport network.
Mark Evers, director of customer strategy at TfL, said: “We want everyone to feel welcome on our transport network.
“We have reviewed the language that we use in announcements and elsewhere and will make sure that it is fully inclusive, reflecting the great diversity of London.”
Mr Khan said he was “keen” TfL speak in a “more neutral way”.
He said: “TfL serves a vibrant, diverse and multicultural city, and provision of an inclusive transport service is at the heart of TfL’s purpose.
“I am aware however, that some customers may not relate to or feel comfortable with the way that certain station announcements are made.”
TfL said it had briefed staff on use of the new language “though from time-to-time, well-meaning staff may still use the term ‘ladies and gentlemen”.”
“If this happens frequently, we will issue reminders to staff,” it added.
Stonewall said: “Language is extremely important to the lesbian, gay, bi and trans community, and the way we use it can help ensure all people feel included.
“We welcome gender neutral announcements to be rolled out across TfL as it will ensure that everyone – no matter who they identify as – feels accounted for.”
Source – BBC News – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-40591750