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Machetes, Anti-Semitism and De-Transitioners

by Joanne Lockwood

When I volunteered to write an opinion piece for the November 2019 edition of the IEDP newsletter, I really had no idea where to start. I blog infrequently and coming up with something inspiring and thoughtful was not coming easily…  that is until I read the papers and watched the evening television that week…

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Are we up for Uniformity, Exclusion and Rejection?

What is the business case or return on uniformity or exclusion, or the justification for the rejection of perfectly good people during our hiring process or when looking to develop our people internally and promote?

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All alone floating in space

What do you mean? You don’t write that kind of business case?

Yet I still hear of organisations that need to justify Diversity and Inclusion and to create a culture of belonging!

Why is that?

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ByJoanne

Anyone for soup? – Is your product inclusive by design, you might think so but is it really?

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Anyone for soup?

Your company is one that produces products for the mass markets, consumer products that you naturally expect that everyone can use and can benefit from, am I right?

You engage with your own product design teams, probably carry out market research to make sure that every aspect has been considered from all angles, after all you have been in the business for many many decades and have extensive experience in this market. 

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ByJoanne

Is your Diversity & Inclusion Vision in the right hands?

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Super-Chicken Photo credit to JD Hancock via Flickr

You do have a Vision for Diversity and Inclusion in your organisation, right? Ok well, possibly not!

There’s a plethora of value statements, visions and goals out there nowadays, some seem empty and most probably feel irrelevant, a corporate idea forced in by HR in order to appease the board or because someone heard its a good idea that everyone else is doing. There is often very little buy in, communication, or in fact any long term strategy or goals.

The business demands a “quick fix” with some eLearning or an hour long “Intro to Unconscious Bias” training session. No wonder we are not making much of an in road, there is no vision.

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ByJoanne

SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity)

SOGI is an inclusive term that represents all individuals regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity. It includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, heterosexual and cisgender.

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ByJoanne

Individuality

Individuality is the quality that makes one person or thing different from all others. Were are all a product of our own unique collection of attributes.

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Intersectionality

Intersectionality is defined as the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.

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Diversity

The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.  It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.

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Inclusion

Inclusion is about positively striving to meet the needs of different people and taking deliberate action to create environments where everyone feels respected and able to achieve their full potential

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Unconscious Bias

Unconscious Bias is where your background, personal experiences, societal stereotypes and cultural context can have an impact on your decisions and actions without you realising.

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