Anita Cohen - Equalities
I stood as the branch equalities officer as I have an personal interest in seeing people treated fairly and without prejudice. In my case it's how I am, however this has been exacerbated recently due to having a transgender child and at work one of my closest friends is also trans. I like to think that I don't prejudge but will happily 'muscle in' to stand up for someone/something I believe is being offered a bad deal or has become a figure of fun. I also try to stand up to any bullying I've witnessed - not just for people with a protected characteristic. There is a fine line between having a joke and bullying. I see it most days and make my opinion heard in some of the most awkward of situations. Sometimes just stating a few facts will mean that others will also find their voice to 'stand up' as I am very aware that many of us think the same but sometimes it takes that initial push as basic human nature demands we all fit in and don't want to draw attention to ourselves. Equality, to me, is not all about being treated the same but also there needs to be a degree equity where the result is the same. Everyone at the same level, no matter what their circumstances. Trying to make sure that all parts of life are accessible to all regardless of gender, disability or race. I'm in the CWU and part of an CWU equality group and regularly receive information from the officers. We were delighted the Labour party made a sign language manifesto, for the many and not the few.