Happy September! We love to not only share articles that touch on equality and social inclusion, but to also highlight opportunities (webinars, online courses, events etc) that you dare not miss and which touch on various aspects of inclusion.
1. The Healing Solidarity: Re-imagining International Development –online conference (September 17-23).
This will be a discussion on challenging and addressing complex issues and dilemmas in development practice. Can we ‘do’ development differently and what would this look like? Issues like racism, neo-colonialism, sexual harassment and inequity as they manifest in the sector will be raised, as well as experiences in our organisations and our own practice. To register for the conference, go to this link
2. The Mental Health and Well Being of Development Workers:
Workers are routinely exposed to traumatic events linked to the cause of mental health issues including depression, burnout and anxiety. Increasingly, work stress including extremely heavy workloads, long hours and limited time for self-care are being highlighted as major challenges. We share recordings of discussions on the importance of action on mental health care and the self care for all workers, and why we should speak more and take action on mental health care in our professional and social spaces.
- Breaking the Silence: Promoting action on aid worker mental health by OCI available here
- Humanitarian effectiveness and staff wellness by Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP) available here.
3. The Make Change Happen free online course which covers elements including understanding power dynamics, collaboration, opportunity and action that can tackle injustice and bring positive change. Details on the course are available here.
4. Diversity Award by Bond: And last but not least, a call by Bond for organisations that are championing inclusion and equality by actively seeking to redress gender, race, sexuality, age and disability imbalances through employing and developing a diverse, inclusive workforce. These are organisations that are putting strategies and initiatives in place that champion diversity and equality, and hence promoting inclusive employment. If this is you or if you know of such an organisation , then submit the entry for the Diversity Award by 5pm on Friday 28 September 2018.
For more background on this issue, please read the powerful article “We must Celebrate Diversity in our Sector to drive Inclusion.”