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Stories of Change: Case studies from OPEN Spotlight Award 2019

We launched the OPEN Spotlight Award to shine the spotlight on organizations that have gone through an inspiring journey in which they worked for diversity and inclusion. Our aim is to cultivate an international community of business and experts promoting openness, who inspire each other by sharing stories and knowledge and lead by example to start positive changes on a large scale.

For the first time in 2019 we had 5 award categories and received 25+ case studies from organizations across various industries in the CEE region. All shortlisted case studies were presented at OPEN Conference 2019.

Now we’ve released the OPEN Spotlight Award 2019 case studies in an ebook format. Please download the ebook to learn more about the inspiring efforts these organizations made to create an open workplace culture and tackle complex diversity and inclusion related issues.

To download the Ebook, please fill up the following form. If you or your organization have a unique story, share it with us using this form.

What can employers do? COVID-19 Impact Report on Women, LGBTQ+, Roma & Disabled People

We know that the Coronavirus pandemic is a challenging situation for everyone. What we may not know is the impact of the pandemic on different minority groups, and how it affects them at their workplace and beyond, and what employers can do to support them.  

WeAreOpen has partnered with Amnesty Magyarország, Bagázs Egyesület, Háttér Társaság and Salva Vita Alapítvány to create “What can employers do? COVID-19 Impact Report on Women, LGBTQ+, Roma & Disabled People”. 

The Report includes useful information, data and resources about the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on minorities and concrete tips for employers how to handle it. Amnesty International Hungary provided information on gender equality and the role of women in domestic and care work. Bagázs Association shared their report on the negative effects on Roma communities in Hungary such as discrimination and digital poverty. Háttér Society shared their expertise about LGBTQ+ inclusion and how the pandemic could lead to an increase in exclusionary atmosphere. Salva Vita Foundation provided insights on the challenges disabled people face because of social distancing and remote work. 

You can see the report below, and you can download a copy by sharing your email. This Report is just the first step: we encourage all organizations, companies and experts to join the project and contribute their own ideas, stories, best practices etc. and inspire others. Currently, the Report is available only in Hungarian, but we will be adding an English version soon. 

By highlighting some important phenomena and insights, we hope we can help companies and organizations ease the negative effects of the pandemic on diverse employees and communities.

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To download the report, please fill up the following form. If you want to contribute to this project through your own story, case study, best practices or in any other manner, let us know through the form and we’ll get in touch!

May 2015: WeAreOpen @ Rehab Critical Mass

WeAreOpen joined Rehab Critical Mass, a parade that aims to celebrate the fact that “we’re all able in different ways”, and to raise awareness of the social exclusion of people living with disabilities. Below you can read the official press release of the organizers and here you can see photos that were shot at the parade.

Official press release of the Rehab Cricital Mass organizers:
 

Parade to call for an improvement in the quality of life of people living with disabilities
2nd Rehab Critical Mass – We’re all able in different ways

Those living with disabilities – people with impairments to their mobility, sight, hearing, speech or cognitive ability – and their friends, acquaintances and supporters will hold the second Rehab Critical Mass parade. The aim of the event is to celebrate the fact that “we’re all able in different ways”, and to raise awareness of the social exclusion of people living with disabilities and serious problems and failings that need to be tackled without delay. The participants will gather at 2 p.m. on Sunday, 17 May on Clark Ádám tér and then parade across Chain Bridge to Erzsébet tér at 3 p.m. Concerts and cultural and family entertainment will be put on at the venues. International companies and Hungarian businesses will take part in the event for the first time this year with the We’re Open initiative. For detailed information, please see the Facebook page of the event.

The initiative draws on recognition of the fact that people living with disabilities share the difficulty of asserting their interests. They lack equal opportunities to participate in day-to-day life, whether it be a question of studying, working or entertainment. Rehab Critical Mass is a grassroots event that sets out, among other things, to create a solidarity-based community that “able” members of society can also be part of, as an alternative to isolated, individual struggles. That can provide effective help to policy makers in creating a motivating environment and increasing social acceptance – with the involvement of those concerned.

Almost three thousand people celebrated and paraded cheerfully through the streets of the city centre at last year’s parade. So many people living with so many different kinds of disability had never gathered together in public before. The event succeeded in drawing attention to their social exclusion, and dialogue got underway with those concerned, their advocacy organisations and the social work profession. 

The participants (the organisers are expecting some 5000 people to attend) will gather at 2 p.m. on Sunday, 17 May 2015 on Clark Ádám tér for the 2nd Rehab Critical Mass and then parade across Chain Bridge together to Erzsébet tér at 3 p.m., where concerts and other entertainment will be put on. The performers will include Republic, Tilla, Dénes Pál, Söndörgő, Gentry Sultan, Bori Rutkai, Zoli Beck/30Y, Hősök, Eszterlánc, Kristóf Horváth “Actor Bob”, Imre Tunyogi, Nemadomfel and many more.

We’re all talented in something, regardless of whether we have a disability or not. By discovering the unique abilities of people living with disabilities (for instance, those with visual impairments have far more finely tuned hearing) we can personally experience the message behind the parade: “We’re all able in different ways”. The Rehab Critical Mass movement aims to integrate people living with disabilities into society and prevent them from being excluded.

The clips here and here provide insight into the everyday difficulties, struggles, desires and plans of people living with disabilities.

Internal companies and Hungarian businesses, including Prezi, espell, Google, Auchan, BP and IBM, will take part in the parade for the first time this year with the WeAreOpen initiative. They encourage other open companies to join the celebrations and raise awareness of the fact that “we’re all able in different ways”. By doing so they hope to inspire others too.

The organisers will provide marquees, barrier-free parking, barrier-free toilets and accompaniment for the duration of the event. The event itself and its communications will be barrier-free, child-friendly and family-friendly.

Those living with disabilities look forward to welcoming others in the same situation, as well as all those who would like to participate in order to draw the attention of policy makers to the serious problems faced by people living with disabilities.

All those who support the efforts of Rehab Critical Mass are also invited to sign the petition of the organisers.