Sunday, October 21, 2012
District Governors Equality Meeting
On the 20th of October, I was invited to attend the RIBI District Governors meeting on Equality by District Governor, Suraiya Kassamally. The meeting was held at the York Gate, London Rotary Headquarters. I had the privilege of meeting various District Governors and to get an understanding of the type of meetings they conduct. This meeting was led by Ken Billington, RIBI Specialist, and it was an opportunity for members to get a refresher on the issues regarding the proper recognition of the Equality Act. We separated in groups and were given a series of scenarios about situations that involve Rotarians and how unforeseen situations should be addressed according to the Equality Act. This act requires equal treatment in access to employment as well as private and public services, regardless of the protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation. In the case of gender, there are special protections for pregnant women. It was clear how serious the London Rotary valued protecting its members and the image of the Rotary Club. Although, the scenarios seemed fabricated for the purpose of the exercise, Ken informed the group that they were all actual case studies that had occurred in the past by other Rotarians. In the end, it came to using common sense and manners, but most of all abiding by the four way test.