I’ve now been with CFA for 30 years, and yet the value of this experience remains just as significant now as it was then.
It’s been just over a month since I took on the role of A/ACO Inclusion and Fairness. It has become clear to me in this short amount of time that, while we have some way to go, there is an exceptional amount of work currently being undertaken to make CFA a more inclusive environment.
We have recently completed the recruitment of the Inclusion and Fairness team. We now have a Regional Inclusion and Fairness co-ordinator based in each Region, each bringing their specialist skillset and experience to CFA. I am excited to see what our group can achieve in time.
Another exciting initiative happening now is the CFA Pride Regional Tour, hitting the road in the coming weeks. CFA Pride is a fantastic group; it gives LGBTI members a social space to connect with other LGBTI members.
These sessions provide an open forum for discussion to understand challenges and issues, and give both LGBTI members and non LGBTI members the chance to share knowledge, ideas and experiences. Dates and locations for this tour will be advised soon.
Over the next few weeks we will be recognising the ‘16 Days of Activism’, an initiative that covers International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November), International Women’s Human Rights Day (29 November), and International Human Rights Day (10 December).
We are recognising that it is important to respect everyone’s rights each and every day, rather than once a year. I’m certain that for our organisation to continue to have an impact in raising awareness in this area; it requires a deliberate and collective effort that is dependent on everyone in the organisation.
From our leaders, through to our newest volunteers getting on the back of a truck for the first time - it’s up to all of us to continue awareness and remain active in eliminating gender based violence.