A Non-Sexist Language Guide has been launched in Orihuela. Do you support this equality initiative?
ORIHUELA City Council have unveiled a Non-Sexist Language Guide in an initiative to stop male orientated language and promote equality within the local administration.
Councillor for Equality, Almudena Baldó, has indicated that “the Orihuela City Council continues to be an institution committed to equality between men and women.”
It appears that the Non-Sexist Language Guide will not be the only equality initiative launched, as Baldó states, “[we] will continue to present actions that are aimed at equality so that all residents are represented in all the documents that are processed.”
In recent times, the subject of equality in the workplace has been a hot topic.
In 2019, a survey by BBC news showed that 74 percent of companies who participated reported a pay gap which favoured men.
The BBC themselves came under fire in 2017 after the release of figures showing the highest earning presenters was dominated by men.
This led to some of the male presenters taking pay cuts in order to rectify the inequality.
Companies across Europe are being encouraged to roll out similar plans to move towards more inclusive language and equality.
Many companies in the UK including the NHS, according to their website, now aim to use; you, they and them, in place of masculine and feminine pronouns such as; he and she.
With the launch of the Non-Sexist Language Guide, Baldó explained, “we intend this to be a practical tool for local administration personnel by promoting plural, inclusive and egalitarian language, as well as making women visible in administrative discourse without alternating grammatical norms.”
“This document will be distributed among all municipal personnel; officials, technical personnel, municipal brigades, Local Police, Councillors, among others,” concluded Baldó.
The move for more equality has been supported by Human Resources mayor for Orihuela, Luisa Boné, and is in compliance with both the Municipal Ordinance on Equality between men and women, as well as the Internal Equality Plan 2018/2021.
Boné stated that “all municipal staff will receive the new guide in physical and digital form, stating that “the Orihuela City Council [intends to spread this] inclusive and egalitarian language among the administration.”
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