Hadia, diversity officer of D66, shares her experience.
Last year I had the opportunity to create a module on diversity and inclusion for the Rainbow platform. I did this with much pleasure. As is custom with the Rainbow platform, each module is accompanied by a special kick-off. A weekend during which the participants are given further insights on the topic of the module by being trained by experts/ the module designers.
In November I was thus, in Bucharest to share my insights on diversity and inclusion and the importance of mobilising minority groups to participate in politics. Frankly, I did not know what to expect. While giving trainings is part of my day-to-day job, I was nervous to give this training as it would be the first time to do so in English, and with such an international group. However, the nerves were soon forgotten as everyone cheerfully welcomed me, and told me they were looking forward to my training.
What I liked the most about this experience is the willingness and eagerness of each participant to learn and implement diversity and inclusion strategies within their parties. I think one of my key takeaways from my time in Bucharest, is seeing and experiencing the extent to which the participants from the Liberal family are open to learn and support one another in their journey of becoming more inclusive. In short, it was a great experience and I honestly, cannot wait to work with Rainbow platform and D66 internationaal on future projects.