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Students make their feelings known during a fees protest at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Nic Bothma/EPA

How violence and racism are related, and why it all matters

States do not record the structural violence of racism as part of crime statistics. But this invisible violence has driven some people to self-harm. It has also masked forms of suicide.
Members of the South Sudanese community in the ACT reported facing racism in the job seeking process. Author provided

A degree doesn’t count for South Sudanese job seekers

South Sudanese living in the ACT are facing racism when job seeking and can't get employment in roles for which they have professional qualifications.
Research shows that even taking into account all the drivers of the gender pay gap there is still a large portion we can’t explain. Julian Smith/AAP

Will the real gender pay gap please stand up?

Misunderstandings about the gender pay gap diminish the importance of its impact, so it's time to explain the different ways it's measured.
Despite more than three in every four refugees from South Sudan reporting experience of discrimination, a similar proportion remain positive about their new lives in Australia. AAP/Maria Zsoldos

Migrants from Africa bear brunt of discrimination but remain positive, survey finds

While 60-77% of migrants of African origin and 59% of Indigenous Australians report experience of discrimination in the Scanlon Foundation survey of Australian attitudes, optimism endures.
The Cannon Street All-Stars watch from the stands at the 1955 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. 1955 Cannon Street All-Stars/Facebook

How bigotry crushed the dreams of an all-black Little League team

Charleston's Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars thought they'd have a chance to compete for a spot in the coveted Little League World Series. But South Carolina's Little League director had other ideas.
How fast can it get here? Box delivery image via Hadrian /

Algorithms can be more fair than humans

Algorithms can discriminate, even when their designers don't intend that to happen. But they also can make detecting bias easier.
Protesters wearing masks of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin take part in a demonstration against the country’s ‘anti-gay’ laws outside the Embassy of the Russian Federation in London, February 2014. Reuters/Neil Hall

Homosexuality and the Olympic movement: towards better Games

Sport remains “one of the last bastions of cultural and institutional homophobia” in Western societies. But there is progress.
Children with albinism are often teased and bullied by their peers. International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies/Flickr

Taunts and bullying drive children with albinism from Tanzanian schools

Children with albinism are teased and physically bullied by classmates who don't understand their condition. They withdraw from learning – and many ultimately leave school early.

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