Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

6 June 2020

Along with the rest of the world, members of the Junior League of London are watching the events of the past twelve days in the US unfold with sadness and horror. The devastating effects of structural and systemic racism, along with health inequities have been laid bare. We cannot and should not look away, and from the global response, it is clear these issues are not uniquely American. Today, people of colour in Britain still suffer from racism and discrimination.

The Junior League of London is an organisation of civic leaders that strives to build better communities. As an organisation, we condemn racism. As leaders in our community we must speak out and be visible.

As part of our 2020-21 strategy, we ask our members to join in alongside our Diversity & Inclusion Task Force as we work to improve our own awareness and understanding through education and the development of opportunities for members to make an impact, so that we can further our progress on diversity and racial equity. We have much work to do, and we are committed to ensuring that our members become informed leaders who are able to take action. Then, and only then, can real impact happen.

The Junior League of London’s commitment to equity, inclusion and giving support to all cultures and ethnicities is more important than ever – and as an organisation we strive to be an authentic ally in this fight for justice.