Diversity - an English street dance troupe best known for winning Britain's Got Talent in 2009, famously beating singer Susan Boyle in the final. Or so Google tells me. But what does diversity mean to you? This week, we’ve had the privilege of working with two fantastic new initiatives aimed at encouraging more diversity in two very different fields.
Tomorrow is Armed Forces Day. Events will be held across the country to raise awareness of the contributions of our service men and women and to enable communities and businesses alike to show their support for our troops.
At almost 800 years old, Magna Carta is one of the earliest milestones in the history of UK rights and freedoms. First issued in 1215, then redrafted in 1297, many aspects of the document appear obscure and of a different time.
It’s gratifying, if somewhat baffling, that politicians so willing to denounce our Human Rights Act have built much of their legislative agenda for the coming year – announced in today’s Queen’s Speech – on some of the Act’s greatest achievements.
It may be hard to believe, but it’s been nearly a year since whistleblower Edward Snowden lifted the lid on the NSA and GCHQ’s breathtaking blanket surveillance. To mark the anniversary, the Don’t Spy On Us coalition – which Liberty is a member of – invites you to join the fight against out-of-control snooping at the biggest privacy event of the year.
Writers have always been natural allies of Liberty. From our first President EM Forster and founding members HG Wells and Vera Brittain to our current Writers At Liberty group, they have long stood beside us, helping to ensure basic rights and freedoms are upheld.
Few would deny the strides we’ve made in combating discrimination and championing diversity in the UK over recent decades. In 2012 we united in celebration of the Olympic success of Somali refugee Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis, daughter of a Jamaican immigrant. Weeks later elite sportsmen and women with disabilities achieved feats of physical achievement beyond mere mortals, as London hosted the world’s biggest ever Paralympic Games. And earlier this year gay couples were allowed to marry in England and Wales for the first time, as the new law permitting same-sex marriage came into force.