We live in the world which is colourful and diverse, but sometimes we are not able to see all the variety because of the blindfold of stereotyping.
When you hear the hooves, do not necessarily think about the horse or even zebras, there are about 200 species who have hooves, including antelopes, giraffes, deer, goats, camels, and many more. I hope that with the EDI Forum, we can celebrate the complexity and diversity of people working in Pharmaceutical medicine. This is one of the ways we can contribute to breaking stereotypes and ensuring equal consideration for everyone, regardless of their gender, race, accent, age or any other attribute which has an association with a cliché.
Having had to face many types of personal and professional prejudice over the years, and not just the obvious one of “colour” it’s heartening all over the world to see some shoots of green in various areas but I think we have barely seen the tips. All organisations claim to be a reflection of society but I’ve never been clear which “society” is reflected by FPM and although a Member/Fellow I have usually felt I was on the outside looking in. So now it’s amazing to have the opportunity with a great group of like-minded colleagues to work towards making FPM a more inclusive, equitable and non-discriminatory place for all. I also am on a similar group within the “PM Society” and hope that through this there will be a cross-fertilisation of thoughts and ideas.
You cannot change how things are done if you stand outside looking in. Prejudice exists in many shapes and forms and cannot be tackled if we stand passively by and do not try and change the status quo. As the mother of two young women and the mother of a disabled teenager, I want my children to have a different experience of the working world than I have had. Sometimes you must fight for what you want and sometimes just asking nicely can make the world of difference, as individuals and organisations may not have recognised that the status quo is not acceptable. The EDI Forum will lead the evolution within the FPM so that differences are celebrated and everyone gets an equal chance due to what they can do rather than what they look like, and all pharmaceutical physicians feel that they truly have an organisation that represents each of them and where they truly belong.
I grew up very poor, as part of a blended and multicultural family. I have experience of several types of discrimination- both direct and indirect. My family taught me to respect all people, regardless of their backgrounds, and to model best behaviour in the face of adversity. I joined the EDI Forum to bring my values and perspectives to the group and am excited to have the opportunity to help shape a more inclusive and diverse FPM.
As an Asian woman, mother of three children and physician, it is important for me to contribute to a culture of inclusion, that embraces differences between individuals as an opportunity to evolve and progress as a society, so that Tomorrow, all our children will enjoy the results of our initiatives Today.
“We cannot solve our problems using the same thinking we used to create them”
In many ways the ethnic, diversity and inclusion issues we have today can be traced back to the enlightenment, and we cannot solve the problems of EDI using enlightenment thinking. Instead we need to look to narratives and stories. Through the telling of stories we can we can understand the feelings emotions and dreams of all of us. I hope in the EDI to encourage the story teller in all of us and reach the balance of dreams and progress while avoiding the grievances of the past.
From a multiracial and multinational background, I am privileged to have experienced many different cultures and societal norms. At the same time, I have also observed and experienced the effects of many conscious and unconscious biases that exist. Change will take time and we have to be ready to change the status quo, even when it is uncomfortable and inconvenient. The EDI Forum will lead this change for embracing equality, diversity and inclusion within FPM and further afield. I hope by being part of this team, I can proactively contribute to the concerted efforts, as change is impossible from a distance.
Growing up in South Africa- an environment where inequality was the norm, and with discrimination on various levels, I really believe the impact on future generations cannot be underestimated. As a mother, I have experienced new needs for equality both in and outside the workplace, but at the same time, working with diverse global teams and networks has shown how important the experiences and contributions of different people can be. I hope the work we are doing as a part of the EDI group will help improve the future of FPM members.
It is my personal belief that the seeds of human dreams – forged in the crucible of experience, and nourished by hope – must find the right soil within which they can go on to bear fruit. And the bridge uniting those aspirations and their realisation for all is one constructed with a scaffold of justice, diversity, equality and inclusion.
We are all born to dream, and to make those dreams come true. To my mind, the erection of institutions – and by extension of society – that accords with EDI principles, opens the doors to equitable outcomes for all.
As part of FPM’s EDI group, I hope to play whatever small part I can, to etch this integral ethos into its practices and into the hearts and minds of those we serve.
Maya Angelou once said “If you don’t like something, change it”.
I want FPM to be a place where all members feel that they belong, that they can be their authentic self, where honest debate can happen and no-one will feel afraid to speak up.
Tectonic global events have highlighted why societal cohesion and equality are more important than ever.
As part of the EDI leadership team I wish to contribute to positive change at the FPM to promote an environment which enables all members to reach their full potential.
Shining a light on areas for improvement, challenging the status quo and a genuine commitment to make positive changes whilst building on our strengths will I believe, allow the fullest benefits of Pharmaceutical Medicine to be realised for the good of society.
As a clinician who moved to the industry at a relatively early stage in both my lifetime and career, I have encountered various new challenges, such as navigating corporate ‘politics’, developing my skills as an authentic leader and dealing with gender norms and biases in the workplace. FPM membership is bound to become even more diverse in the future, and I want to be part of a constructive effort to ensure the FPM stays relevant, supportive and proactive for all members, now and looking to the future. I welcome the opportunity to work with the EDI group to implement tangible actions that make change for good.
It would be a personal and professional highlight to help to make FPM an even more inclusive and welcoming place.
I believe that our specialty should offer a home to any qualified physician who wishes to practise pharmaceutical medicine, and I look forward to contributing to the activities and outputs of the group.