What a heartwarming few days it has been.
On Friday I had the pleasure of being invited to mentor at the Women of the World Festival, for the third year running (more on that soon!) and on International Women’s Day itself, I found out I had been nominated in the National Diversity Awards as a positive role model for the work I have been doing to bring race diversity into the wedding industry, in an inclusive way.
Touched is an understatement.
Especially since the National Diversity awards aim is to celebrate unity in society with sponsors supporting the awards including Microsoft and the MI5. Goodness me!
The National Diversity Awards is a prestigious black tie event, which celebrates the excellent achievements of grass root communities that tackle the issues in today’s society
Charities, role models and community heroes will be honoured at the ceremony showcasing their outstanding devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion; thus embracing the excellence of all our citizens irrespective of race, faith, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and culture.
The concept for the National Diversity Awards arose when The Diversity Group identified an urgent need for more positive role models to be actively promoted, with the aim to empower and inspire the wide breadth of diverse communities across the UK.
Our nominees and award winners are an integral part of helping people in today’s society to believe they can achieve their goals and ambitions, no matter what background you come from
It is SO hard and also very lonely running a business and more-so advocating for race equality in the mainstream wedding industry. An industry that for the most part only represents a one dimensional view of what a wedding couple should be or look like. It is tough.
An y conversation about race is emotive.Probably more-so now with our political climates. People are scared about offending others so much we’ve got to a point in the UK where we just avoid the obvious and don’t talk about it. When trying to encourage race diversity I am at times met with resistance or perhaps defence mechanisms, “we don’t receive submissions from diverse couples” …. “what difference does it make, weddings are universal, right”. I wonder why there are automatic defence mechanisms and less curiosity about what we can all do, to change the discourse about why there is so little race equality in the UK wedding industry, or in fact, equality in general.
The very same question was raised in a talk I attended about diversity in business at the Women of the World Festival on Friday. Frustrations that we are still having the same conversations about race inequality decades and decades later with little or no improvement. It’s exhausting sometimes.
In 2017, I shouldn’t even have to be justifying why diversity is important in the wedding industry or beyond, or that it is a business necessity. Diversity is all around us. It just is.
In order for there to be change, I recognised we have to continue to these conversations, openly, and take intentional actions to improve, rather than just nod in agreement. We have the be the change we want to see, so I shall keep striving, because we can all do better, myself included.
If you would like to vote of course I would be absolutely touched and you can vote here
Either way I shall keep you posted. The awards are in September and voting closes in June.