While all eyes are focused on the presidential race, on the streets of Egypt, inch by inch, bit by bit, women’s rights are shrinking. Women, Muslim and Christian, who do not cover their hair or who wear mid-sleeved clothing are met with insults, spitting and in some cases physical abuse … Women told me that they hated walking in the streets now; they have restricted their mobility to all but the most essential of errands. Whereas a couple of years ago they could just inform their husbands where they were going, now they have to get their husbands or older sons to accompany them if they go out after sunset. The rights of Egytpian women are shrinking, says Mariz Tadros
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What’s more, definitions of diversity tend to be skin-deep, about differences you can see – and stick on the cover of your corporate brochure (“black man to the left please, and we’ll have the hijabi in the middle”). Further, because diversity credentials are something companies like to show off, it tends to help to focus on the more marketable minorities.
There is a wealth of evidence, for example, that “ugly” people are frequently underpaid and might benefit from legal protection. But, really, who wants to put a minger front and centre of the company website? And, God/Allah, don’t even get me started on the fat. Women: when it comes to earning potential it seems you can never be too thin.
• Arwa Mahdawi writes about diversity - and how in her opinion the Harvard Business Review is right: diversity schemes can be dangerous if they ignore socioeconomic divisions