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Transphobia

Posted in Equality, Human rights with tags , , , , , , , on December 9, 2008 by katephiz
It’s easy to see political correctness as a burden if one remains blind to the impact on real people.  Recently a pretty young woman was beaten up by her father.  She lost a number of teeth.  Her cheeks were shattered.  She’s no longer pretty – and that was her father’s specific intention.  Her “crime” was that she was born in a male body and had undergone gender reassignment.  Her own father battered her with the deliberate intention of taking away her looks so that she couldn’t pass as a woman. 
 
That is transphobia.  That wasn’t in some third world country, that was here in the West where transsexual people are supposedly ‘legally protected”.
 
“When I read that story, I cried.  I would like to tell you that it is an isolated incident but sadly it seems that isn’t the case. The more I talk to women who have undergone gender reassignment, the more I hear of violence against them, of rape and even the murder of a woman who lived near me.  Apparently transsexual people in the USA are 17x as likely as the national average to be victims of homicide.  I got a small, personal taste of transphobia when a particularly unflattering photo of me attracted comment that I looked like a bloke.  (Note to self – I don’t suit short hair!)  The comments grew increasingly cruel as people tried to outdo each other in their comments. 
 
Whether we are transsexual or not, women (and in some cases men) suffering this degree of discrimination is not acceptable to anybody with a Christian conscience.  To help draw attention to these injustices I have started a blog called Stop Transphobia at http://stoptransphobia.wordpress.com  Posts will be erratic as I hear of issues worth reporting, but please bookmark it and help fight for justice for this vulnerable group of people.
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Framework for a Fairer future

Posted in Equality, Press with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2008 by katephiz

There is extensive comment on Kate Phizackerley on General Business Administration but the short comment I have submitted to the BBC reads as follows:

The document fails industry and individuals. Both want people to be treated equally and fairly not as special cases. In practice this leaves some groups more favoured than others – women only Parliamentary shortlists will be allowed but not ones for the disabled, nor for ethnic communities. There is no mention of the mentally ill or transgendered – not equal enough to even be mentioned.

We need equality legislation – but we neeed it to be based on equality not favouring certain groups.

Risk taking in recessions

Posted in Business, Governance, HR, Leadership, Management, Press, Risk with tags , , , on June 23, 2008 by katephiz

Another comment on the Personnel Today Workplace Clinic blog, which this time expanded upon in my General Business Administration blog.

Homophobic bullying

Posted in Equality, HR, Leadership, Personnel Today with tags , , , , , , on April 11, 2008 by katephiz

Comment on the Personnel Today Work Clinic blog stressing the importance of getting to the root cause of the workplace issues.

Risk – like the relay

Posted in Business, Consulting, Employee benefits, Financial controls, Governance, HR, Management, Operations, Outsourcing, Payroll, Pensions, Process, Risk with tags , , , on March 30, 2005 by katephiz

Article authored for Personnel Today explaining risk using the analogy of a relay race.  Excerpt as follows:

Generally, preventing a risk from arising involves simple, straightforward solutions, which can often be implemented at minimal cost. The consequences and cost of dealing with a risk after it has happened can be considerable.

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However, as we have seen, many of the risks lie on the boundaries between departments and functions.