What were your motivations for writing the book?
In my experience, there is a general lack of understanding about Diversity, Inclusion & Equality – there are policies but insufficient evidence to demonstrate appropriate behaviours and understanding about similarity and differences. The focus is often on racism and sexism; there is confusion about religion and culture and in some public sectors a fear about saying or doing the wrong thing, as well as lots of collusion in the private and public sectors with inappropriate behaviour.
I have designed and delivered courses on Diversity, Inclusion and Equality for over 20 years and with the recent Equality Act 2010 (which brings together over 200 pieces of equalities legislation) this seemed a good opportunity to provide clarity about each of the 9+ protected characteristics, as well as encouraging businesses to commission Muika Leadership to work with them.
Muika Leadership workshops always have a positive impact on individuals and organisations, because our approach is non-threatening, and engages individuals in a dialogue about D I E in a way that they take responsibility for their own behaviour, as well as being confident in dealing with inappropriate behaviour.
This reference book provides an opportunity for people to ‘get behind the words’ of the legislation, and understand that there is a moral/ethical, as well as business case for D I E, and thereby create a working environment, which has inclusive structures and systems, which are routinely reviewed, monitored and evaluated.