Breaking Barriers

About this podcast

Welcome to the Breaking Barriers podcast, hosted by social advocate, writer and engineer Yassmin Abdel-Magied.

Throughout this series we will showcase a frank and intimate set of conversations between those who hold power in sought-after industries and the people struggling to find employment due to barriers - such as having a disability, holding refugee status or gender discrimination - in their chosen sector.

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Series 1

01: Motherhood

In this first episode, we take a look at the role of gender and motherhood in shaping a person’s career.


02: Neurodiversity

This week on the Breaking Barriers podcast we take a look at the obstacles to employment and career progression thrown up by conditions such as Autism. How can businesses truly embrace neurodiversity?

Young Black Male

03: Young Black Male

Young black men have higher unemployment rates than all other groups of young people - why is that? This week on the Breaking Barriers podcast we take a look at race through the lens of the film industry.


04: My disability, your perception

People with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be unemployed than non-disabled people. In this episode of the Breaking Barriers podcast we get an insight into how an incorrect perception of someone with a disability can unfairly result in a huge barrier to employment.


05: Seeking Asylum

Last year, there were over 26,000 asylum applications to the UK, however those who seek refuge are not allowed to claim benefits or do paid work in any capacity until asylum is granted. How, then, can the barriers to employment thrown up by the asylum seeking process be broken down?


06: Ex-offenders

Only around a quarter of UK prisoners enter employment after release. The figure is even lower in the US. How, then, can the barriers to employment thrown up by having a criminal conviction be broken down? We explore in the final episode of this series of the Breaking Barriers podcast.