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IEDP Issue 102                                                                              June 2022

A word from the Chair

Hello everyone,

I hope that all’s well with you.

Well, we certainly cannot say that this is an uneventful summer, in fact, there is so much going on here at home and globally that you could be forgiven for wanting to run away and hide for a while, escaping from the daily barrage of bad news. Yes, You can escape for a while by avoiding news reports, staying away from social media etc…but sooner or later it gets to you.

At times like this, it’s so easy to fall off track as we start to focus on our individual needs for survival thanks to a combination of economic and social pressure - we start to see a fracturing of community and growth in individualism fostered by fear. Fear is known for its ability to bring the shadow side of human nature out, leading amongst other things, poor decision-making and knee-jerk reactions.

On a positive note fear can also be a catalyst for positivity as groups of like-minded individuals come together to try and overcome the challenges. This is what we need more of now, especially because as fighting for survival becomes a national and global focus, existing challenges like equality, inclusion, diversity and equity are pushed aside. Of course, this can only happen because EDI isn’t fully embedded in the fabric of societies.

We keep hearing of more organisations having to make budget decisions due to economic pressures and one of the first sections to get cut is the EDI lead if they have one followed by cuts to the HR team. On a global level, this can manifest as increased isolationism and nationalism which results in the civil & human rights of marginalised groups being ignored.
Ultimately it’s at times like this when the work that the IEDP

“When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.”
Malcolm S. Forbes

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Denise Rabor, IEDP Chair 

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