Well, the good news is I didn’t get sued today for improper use of Shutterstock images. The bad news is, I’ve been involved in a project that prevented me from doing the necessary research on whether the images that state they are free really are. Here’s hoping I can find out tomorrow and avoid any lawsuits…
Day 70 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project was still a productive one. It caused me to seriously contemplate my stance on gender equity and inclusion so I could write a statement on it. Here’s my first draft:
Equity and Inclusion Statement
As a lifelong advocate of others, I hold the core values of dignity and respect toward all people. I believe in, am committed to and promote equity, fairness and social justice. These principles should apply to all individuals and groups without exception due to age, ancestry, citizenship, class, color, disability or special need, economic class, ethnicity, faith, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, social class or any other identity representation. Diversity is to be cultivated, embraced, fostered and nurtured at all times.
When diversity awareness and inclusion are part of a culture, be it a community, an educational setting or the workplace, the unique value each member contributes enhances the experience of all. The collective knowledge, perspectives, skills, strengths, and talents of a diverse group enrich collaboration and increase innovation. And when all are treated with dignity and respect, and as valuable members of the group, rather than the differences causing conflict, they result in cohesion and maximum effectiveness.
Being a minority female who has experienced gender inequity, exclusion and discrimination my entire life, I intentionally educate, engage, empower and equip others with the tools to build a more equitable and inclusive world that is a better place in which all can live, learn and love.
I’ll do some more work on it tomorrow before submitting, but feel like I’m close…
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who is also a faith-filled, melting pot, in a mixed race marriage, with a big fat blended family and biracial children, gender equity and inclusion are ever-present forces at work in my life and those of the ones I love. That being the case, though some other projects didn’t get done, I’m glad seriously contemplating my stance on this complex social issue did.
If you had to state your stance on gender equity and inclusion, what would it be?