Rachel Ward, one of our HR Explore Interns has recently joined our Global Diversity & Inclusion Team for the Summer of 2019. Hear more about her experience and exposure:
On Tuesday 2nd July 2019, just my third week in as a HR intern for Group Diversity and Inclusion at Vodafone, I was able to take part in the organisation of my first ever Global PRIDE Webinar Event in V-Lab, our Innovation lab in Paddington.
The Global PRIDE Webinar is an annual event that takes place in order to demonstrate to employees across the markets that Vodafone is serious about being LGBT+ friendly, whether it be in the work we do on a daily basis, or training for our leaders and colleagues in order to truly live the values we set. This year, our Global PRIDE Webinar had 4,000 views and all employees could join via our internal online platforms and in the rooms themselves.
I was able to watch the Global Webinar being put together: It was fascinating to see not only the efforts that are gone to in order to help the event run smoothly, but the thoughtfulness and the inspiration that both our leaders and the external speakers conveyed.
The Webinar included talks from Alice Nkom, one of only two Human Rights lawyers who is fighting for LGBT+ rights in Cameroon, a truly inspiring and incredible woman working to ensure the decriminalisation of being LGBT+, stopping at nothing to uphold these human rights. I also had the honour of welcoming external guest Salil Tripathi, who works for the Institute of Human Rights and is involved in the policy-making for the protection of human rights across the globe. To only be three weeks into my internship,and being able to witness such powerful and fascinating people all together at one event, is truly something I will never forget and will take with me forever as an example of how to lead.
Albeit shocking and surprising to realise that there are still countries where it is illegal to be LGBT+, it is enlightening to know that Vodafone are constantly fighting and striving to come together as a community to celebrate the way that we are inclusive for all no matter what.
As a Summer Intern in the Diversity and Inclusion team, I was fascinated and keen to learn more about the work that went on during Pride month, especially having a first-hand insight into the efforts of driving the standards of Diversity and Inclusion throughout the workplace. Having a passion for diversity and inclusion does not go unnoticed at Vodafone, and it is refreshing to see that even from the offset there are strong values and beliefs in being inclusive for all, especially through the many Webinars and events that are carried out over the year.
Having been involved in the run up to the event, I have witnessed a huge sense of commitment to the Pride month and more broadly for building a workplace that welcomes all and creates an environment where everyone can thrive. These thoughts are turned into actions on a daily basis by all my colleagues: our leaders building an inclusive people strategy and myself and my peers leading from example.