June 24, 2016
The Dutch City of Utrecht has joined Workplace Pride Foundation as one of a growing number of public sector entities that are putting LGBT workplace inclusion on their priority list. Workplace Pride is particularly pleased to see public sector entities (national and municipal governments) take up the cause of LGBT workplace inclusion as they are often some of the largest employers in countries.
” Diversity and inclusion policies and practices undertaken by governments are particularly powerful as they are a clear sign to their employees, but also to many citizens, that they are fully aware of the rich diversity and complexity of modern societies”, said David Pollard, Executive Director of Workplace Pride; “Gemeente Utrecht now joins Amsterdam, the Hague and Nijmegen as Dutch leaders of the municipal acceptance of LGBT people in the workplace”.
Alderman Geldof who, along with Pollard, signed the Workplace Pride membership agreement at a special ceremony at the historic Utrecht’s Stadhuis spoke of his city’s long term commitment to LGBT inclusion for both its employees and its citizens. Leading the charge at Gemeente Utrecht has been Gio van den Heuvel, Leader of the city’s LGBT Network, “Utrecht Pride”.
Gemeente Utrecht joins Workplace Pride as its 45th member.
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June 23, 2016
Last weekend, the WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) held its 24th biennial global symposium in Amsterdam. This four-day symposium was opened on Saturday by Her Majesty Queen Maxima of The Netherlands.
Workplace Pride and foundation member UWV were invited to contribute to the pre-conference on Friday, June 17th, which attracted around 300 stakeholders from all over the world. Foundation Board Member, Jen Mohamed, and Ben Ehlting, chair of UWV’s LGBT network ‘Roze Werkt’, were met with great enthusiasm. Participants took a special interest in Ben’s manual ‘Transgender at work’. In addition, participants were keen to get information on how Workplace Pride could assist organizations in dealing with transgender issues in countries with less tolerant countries.
June 9, 2016
Congratulations go to Workplace Pride partner in Suriname, PAREA, for leading the charge in the 1st LGBT workplace conference in the country!
The event, held today in the capital city Paramaribo, was standing room only and captured the interest of the media and many social, governmental and business parties in the country.
Rudolf Elias, Managing Director of Staatsoilie, the largest company in Suriname, outlined how his organization is setting the tone with a clearly inclusive policy for LGBT inclusion. Acting ambassador of the Dutch Embassy to Suriname, Mascha Baak, made the connection with her own country’s well-known support for LGBT inclusion and the milestone that Suriname was making with this event.
To keep the progress going, PAREA Chair, Juan Pigot pledged to work with all parties on this topic to create a clear guideline for how to proceed with LGBT workplace inclusion. Completion of the guideline is targeted May 17th 2017 (IDAHO) so watch this space!
Workplace Pride was pleased to cooperate with Parea on the event, with Executive Director, David Pollard and Advisory Board member, Boris Dittrich taking part as keynote speakers.
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