Pride 2020 - events and support

Jun 25, 2020
On Wednesday 24 June, Chartered Accountants Ireland was delighted to join INvolve in Ireland and its member companies to mark Virtual Pride 2020 with a fascinating virtual panel discussion. The Institute’s Diversity and Inclusion and Young Professional Committees supported the event and panellists included D&I committee members Deborah Somorin and John McNamara.

The panel of speakers gave powerful and often moving testimony of their own experiences, both positive in terms of the fantastic support that’s increasingly evident, but also of the intolerance and discrimination that refuses to go away. Our speakers discussed the issues that the community faces in 2020. They also considered how the experience of the LGBT+ communities can be used to support other minority groups, particularly the Black Lives Matter international campaign, to do more with intersectional diversity to create opportunities.  

In the absence of a parade this year, Virtual Pride gives all of us a unique opportunity to reach out further and to share the simple message - we are all in this together. Speakers encouraged all participants to use this period to effect positive change in what is a very difficult time.  We should use this time to consider how we can get involved, and to make a personal commitment to do more. This could be to sign up as a volunteer, to apply to sit on a board where we can be an agent of positive change, or just to be a visible ally to someone in work. To challenge ourselves.

Speakers urged everyone to use the current lockdown as a chance to ensure we don’t return to work and find nothing has changed. If we all challenge ourselves to make a difference though our actions, then we’ll achieve a more inclusive, tolerant society. Change will happen. 

CA Support

We, as an Institute and community, are passionate about diversity and inclusion, and we are always embracing ways we can demonstrate and live this ethos.  At CA Support, we have a dedicated Diversity page which features articles from members and experts sharing their stories and insights, leading the way in how we can be there for everyone in our accountancy family.

If you face challenges around these issues, call us at CA Support on 01 637 7342 or 086 024 3294 or you can contact us by email.  

Spotify playlist

We have prepared a Pride 2020 Spotify playlist. You can check it out here.