Sufina Ahmad: Discrimination is a persistent and ugly issue facing us all
Before the IoF launched an expert panel on diversity some issues felt so entrenched that the only solution was to blend in and pretend they weren’t happening, says Sufina Ahmad. But the panel has shown her that a group of engaged, passionate and ambitious people can, do and will move mountains.
There’s so much in life that we are actively encouraged to do by people we know and don’t know. To work hard, to eat ‘x’ new wonder food, to drink plenty of water, to prioritise sleep, to watch the latest trending TV show…the list goes on. Growing up there were plenty of things I was discouraged – prevented even – from doing. Being comfortable and proud in my own skin was one of them. I can remember countless examples of racist abuse – both direct and indirect – that I experienced growing up. To that list, I could also add many different experiences of discrimination from my professional and personal life over the last few years, months and weeks. Racism, discrimination, and othering of people who are not considered mainstream or the norm is a persistent and ugly issue facing us all.