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It's the little things that count

3/02/2017
It has been something of a rough start to the year. From the tragedy in Melbourne to Trump's executive orders on abortion, refugees and trade, it seems hard to make sense of the world we live in at the moment.
 
It seems that diversity, tolerance and inclusion are being ignored at all levels. 

But this is this the case? Those of you on Facebook and other social media will have seen the massive protest in the form of the women's marches for democracy and rights in the US and other countries. The Danish TV2 advertisement "What happens when we start putting people in boxes' released just six days ago, has attracted more than 1.5 million views. . In Australia, it took a farmers marketing body to redefine what it means to be Australian with the commercial - 'You'll never lamb alone'.

This week I read the Ghandi Oration delivered by Prof. Hugh MacKay at the University of New South Wales on 30 January 2017.  Titled, "The state of the nation starts in your street", the oration was a wonderfully erudite, humble and thought-provoking look at how we can contribute to "the miniatures of life - in our own family, street, suburb or town" to ultimately help determine the bigger picture.

Reflecting on the past 11 years at Women on Boards and the associated movement to do with gender balance and diversity more broadly, I realise that we have come a long way since 2006. Key to our success has been to build the WOB community and to facilitate discussion and consensus. Taking many incremental, and occasionally larger, steps has enabled us to effect some real change which all adds up to something much bigger at the end of the day. 

Today WOB took another incremental step when we added the prefix Mx to our titles on our forms. For those of you who are not aware, Mx is the title used by people who do not identify with either gender. A very small and easy thing for us to do, but hugely significant for some people.

It's the the little things that count.
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