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Equity hires first dedicated equalities officer

Hamida Ali (pictured above) will be Equity's first dedicated equalities officer
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Equity has appointed its first dedicated equalities officer in a move it describes as “a growing sign of how important equality and diversity” are to the union.

Hamida Ali will join Equity from her previous position as an equalities officer at the BBC.

The union has previously employed people in roles that partially covered equality and diversity, but this is the first role dedicated solely to these areas.

Equity assistant general secretary Martin Brown told The Stage that Ali’s appointment demonstrated the importance of diversity and equality to the union and the entertainment industry as a whole.

He added: “She has some very big challenges, the lack of ethnic diversity on our screen and stages, the failure of the industry to monitor consistently, and the continuing difficulty that our members with disabilities have to get work. Add to that the declining work opportunities for older actresses – it’s a big job.”

Ali starts her new role on March 30.

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