Statement from Zaiba Qureshi, Chief Executive, Housing for Women.
We at Housing for Women recognise that the images from the United States over the past few weeks which began with the brutal death of George Floyd have been very distressing for many of us to see and have provoked a range of emotions.
It is not solely a single injustice that has led to the massive public show of grief and protest across the world, but the fact that racism is institutionalised in so many ways and has been part of most of our lives for so long. It is therefore important that we all take the time to think about how these events impact not only on ourselves but also on our customers and colleagues.
Housing for Women has been working to build a more equal society for women since the 1935 and acknowledges that we still see huge inequality in all aspects of our lives. Our organisation recognises and celebrates inclusivity and diversity and our policies and procedures support this. However, we know that more work needs to be done to end social injustice and systemic prejudice and discrimination.
We all need to speak up in solidarity against any oppression and racism, irrelevant of our race, gender, or sexuality and we will use this time to engage in a dialogue with our colleagues and customers on what more we should do as an employer, landlord and service provider.