Diversity and Inclusion

WFA believes that diversity is about empowering people by respecting and appreciating what makes us different, in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education, and national origin.

WFA allows the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It means understanding one another by surpassing simple tolerance to ensure people truly value their differences. This allows us both to embrace and also to celebrate the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual and place positive value on diversity in our community.

Diversity and Inclusion Policy

Woman For Afrika is committed to creating an environment where all individuals are treated with dignity and respect. We expect that all persons that work, volunteer, or do business with Woman Within conduct themselves in a professional manner free of bias, prejudice and harassment.

We prohibit discrimination, harassment and retaliation and strive to provide equal opportunity and fair treatment for all.

We prohibit discrimination or harassment based on an individual’s race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran’s status, marital status, citizenship, national origin, social or economic class, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you have comments or questions about our D&I policy, please email diversity@wfa.org.za

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Self-examination

Self-reflection lies at the heart of our work and is therefore a vital element of our approach to Diversity & Inclusion (D&I). The WWIL D&I team has long been working on building diversity, often encountering hesitation and even resistance. It is a long journey that does not stop with our D&I policy and a policy mandating D&I training for all in leadership. We are just at the start, we commit to examine our blindspots and areas of growth as a community.

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Healing

It is clear that immense trauma exists from oppression and discrimination based on differences. Supporting all women is the bedrock of our organisation, yet we still have a long way to go. We continue to explore how we contribute to the problem and how we can be a part of the solution. Join us in our commitment to healing and evolving.

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Empowerment

Having these conversations requires courage, respect and compassion, and may not always be comfortable. We commit to exploring and developing resources that empower our community to listen deeply, stand up and take action. We are all strong and loving women. We can do what must be done.

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