6 March 2020 14:46
An issue we can’t dance around…
This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #EachforEqual; encouraging gender equality. To mark the occasion, we are profiling some of the leaders of the RAD.
“The race is on for the gender equal boardroom, a gender equal government, gender equal media coverage, gender equal workplaces, gender equal sports coverage, more gender equality in health and wealth … so let’s make it happen.”
We aim to be an organisation that supports inclusion, celebrates diversity, challenges stereotypes, and recognises and values different cultures. We have a 50/50 gender split on our executive board, and continue to work to make the RAD an inclusive environment for all.
We asked Directors and Heads of Department what equality means to them:
“Equality starts from within by recognising and connecting with your values, beliefs and biases. Recognising and valuing the perspectives of others, even if the perspective differ from yours, is crucial in developing your reflective self. You don’t always have to agree, but you do need to be respectful of differences.” – Dr Michelle Groves, Director of Education
“We will have true equality when we no longer have to ask this question. As a believer in the strength of diversity, I quote from C JoyBell C “We are all equal in the fact that we are all different. We are all the same in the fact that we will never be the same.” – Gerard Charles, Artistic Director
“Equality means not having to compromise who you are in order to be heard and understood.” – Sue Bacchus, Head of Trading
“Equality is love and respect. Women can change the world as equal and powerful human beings and bear a new era, full of beauty and happiness for all!” – Maria de Carmo de Kenny, National Director for RAD Brazil
“Equality is about respecting each other for our differences as well as our similarities. For me it is also about being kind and treating others as you would want to be treated. It is also about seeing people as human beings and not judging, whatever gender race or religion.” – Mia Romanus, Head of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
There is a dance-related quote that I’ve always liked: “Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in heels.” For me that sums up the issue. But It isn’t that one gender is better than another (and we shouldn’t forget the trans and non–binary population in this conversation) rather it’s about recognising and valuing the skills and perspectives that we can each bring to any situation and drawing on the richness of us all as individuals. Together we are better. – Melanie Murphy, Director of Marketing and Communications
For International Women’s Day 2020 and beyond, how will you support #EachforEqual?