Redbridge Council launches equality pledge during Holocaust Memorial Day
Published: 28 January 2020
Redbridge Council was proud to be one of the first local authorities to officially commit to upholding equality in the borough with the launch of the Redbridge Equality Pledge during Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony. The significant occasion was attended by the Minister for Equality, Baroness Susan Williams, together with representatives of communities across the borough.
The Minister, together with council and community leaders, led in signing up to the pledge, and called on everyone to make their own commitment to the fight against hatred and discrimination.
Redbridge Council has a long-standing history of recognising Holocaust Memorial Day every year to remember Jews murdered during the Holocaust under Nazi persecution, as well as those who have suffered in genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
The council took up this year’s theme of ‘Standing Together’ to emphasise its commitment to preventing inequality by unifying local communities with the Redbridge Equality Pledge. The pledge calls on everyone to consider how they can make their own personal contribution to fairness and equality by asking signatories to set out how they will help make Redbridge more inclusive.
This could be through celebrating diversity of their staff, challenging discriminatory behaviour or making a more concerted effort in seeking the views of those from different backgrounds, or groups that share a protected characteristic.
Cllr Jas Athwal, Leader of Redbridge Council, said: “I wish to thank communities across the borough for joining us today. Holocaust Memorial Day is the time for our community to remember those who suffered the horrors of the Nazi regime, to honour survivors and victims and to make a stand against all persecution.
The Redbridge Equality Pledge is our way of showing our commitment to making our area welcoming, inclusive and fair. As a council we have values which we are proud to adhere to and we are asking our partners, residents, neighbours and friends to share those values.
“Everyone can make a commitment towards helping make sure we are all treated equally and fairly by others, regardless of our race, gender, religion, sexuality, or disability - giving us each the freedom to be who we are.”
Minister for Countering Extremism, Baroness Williams said: “On the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz we must remember that hate can all too easily gain a foothold and spiral into persecution and violence.
“I am proud of the work that groups that are part of the Building a Stronger Britain Together campaign do in and around Redbridge. Through their work we can promote our fundamental shared values such as mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths, and ensure that hate will never succeed.”
People can sign up to the pledge on the council website.