The one thing our members have in common is that they understand what it is to be discriminated against, whether on the basis of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, religion, culture, language, or a combination of these things. We stand as leaders for inclusiveness and for the value that all should be accorded respect and dignity, regardless of differences in identity.
To that end, we have agreed to do the following immediately:
1. Leaders will post their experiences of discrimination to underscore that discrimination is still very real in this country and we still have a way to go in treating everyone of whatever ethnicity, race or religion in an equal and respectful way
2. The “What we do in our every day relationships Challenge” – where people can post what they are doing to fight racism and ignorance. For example, learning the difference between Sikhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism, or making visible unconscious racial bias’.
3. Creating an online space where people can share their experiences of discrimination, and get support.
More details will follow.