In a rare nod to gender equality the 13th Doctor is to be a woman. As Jodie Whittaker takes up her position in the blue box we have been reflecting on the positive statement this sends out to women and girls across the country. Not only can women actors be cast in lead roles, but women can become doctors and academics all wrapped up in one short announcement. Here at IARS we love it.
Last weekend it was London Pride! It was an opportunity to celebrate with pride the lives of LGBTIQA+ people and remind us that we still have a long way to go in ensuring that people's differences of any kind are respected and celebrated instead of used as a base for discrimination. This is even truer when it comes to LGBTIQA+ migrants and refugees who not only suffer discrimination based on their sexual and gender identity but are often the target of xenophobic and racist discrimination and violence!