Has your organisation been trying to find practical ways of implementing diversity and inclusion practices but is not sure where to start? Are current tools and resources not meeting your unique needs to help guide your organisation? You are not alone! Many civil society organisations, including CIVICUS, have been searching for ways to reflect on current practices to identify how to meaningfully promote a diverse and inclusive organisation.
Diversity and Inclusion has become a hot topic within civil society in recent years. Knowing there is no ‘people power’ without true principles of diversityand inclusion, many in the sector are taking a step back and evaluating how this core principle is being integrated into programmes and operations. This can mean creating or updating policies in relation to sexual harassment, recruitment, employee care, language communications, physical space assessments etc.
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Recent scandals in civil society have posed troubling questions about how strongly we adhere to our values in practice.
- Our policies may not enable those who we work with to have a voice. We often fail to connect with the people we serve and understand their needs, particularly those who may not share our ways of seeing the world.
- We may have strong policies on paper on gender equality and whistleblowing, and claim to have strongly consultative decision-making processes, but leadership styles and organisational cultures may make it harder for people from excluded groups to make their voices heard and gain leadership roles.
CIVICUS members are invited to submit applications to participate in a new pilot programme to strengthen organisational health in relation to diversity and inclusion. This will include evaluating current policies and practices, and undertaking capacity strengthening actions based on recommendations.
Deadline for Applications: July 29th 2019.