On 25 May 2017 Liberate launched the DIFERA Employer Accreditation Scheme. DIFERA stands for Diversity, Inclusion, Fairness, Equality, Respect and Acceptance. The DIFERA Scheme aims to promote these values in the workplace. Information about the DIFERA Scheme can be found here: https://liberate.je/difera/
At the launch Vic Tanner Davy of Trans* Jersey gave a moving and powerful speech. The presentation began with a picture of a newborn baby and the following words:
"The moment we come bawling into the world, much of our future is determined. We are handed a set of identities by society based on characteristics over which we have no control – our skin colour, our nationality, our gender, our sexual orientation, our social class, our school year, our mental and physical abilities, our religion – and, depending on how these identities fall for us, we may go through life never experiencing prejudice and discrimination in any meaningful way or, for others, it may be a daily occurrence."
Vic emphasised the need for people to listen to each other:
"At the heart of DIFERA is the message that we must talk about our identity and the identities of others, not allow legislation to close off that avenue of conversation. Done in a respectful way it will allow us to learn. We must challenge constructively when we need to, and respect others have a right to challenge us without assuming that their challenge comes from a place of racism, sexism, homophobia, biphobia or transphobia. But, most of all we must listen."
Trans* Jersey's website is: https://transjersey.org/
Click here for the full text of Vic Tanner Davy's speech.