The Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF) is an anti-racist organisation. It firmly believes in the inherent worth and dignity of every individual and is committed to opposing all forms of racism and discrimination. We recognise that racism has a long and painful history, the legacy of which continues to leave deep scars on our society. To create a more equitable future, we must first acknowledge the past and learn from it.
We are dedicated to educating ourselves and our team on the issue of racism, including its historical roots and contemporary manifestations, its biopsychosocial harm on the global majority and the inequalities that resulted from this. We are committed to providing opportunities for continuous learning, growth, and self-reflection, both individually and collectively. This will enable us to make the internal changes which will ensure a culture of belonging as opposed to assimilation. This necessitates an understanding of how race intersects with other aspects of identity, and recognising the unique experiences of individuals at these intersections who may encounter compounded forms of discrimination.
We recognise the power of our networks and influence. We are committed to using these resources to fight against racism and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion by being more intentional with our actions . We will actively seek out partnerships and collaborations with organisations that share our values and goals.
We understand that grassroots change through community organising is a critical component of anti-racism work. We are committed to supporting communities in their efforts to organise and advocate for change, while recognising, respecting and understanding the leadership and expertise of those directly impacted by racism.
Finally, we believe that authenticity is at the core of effective leadership. We are committed to promoting and embracing the many voices and diverse experiences that make up our health and care system and to creating an inclusive environment where all individuals can bring their whole selves to work.
As an organisation, the Florence Nightingale Foundation recognises the importance of allyship in the fight against racism. We understand that we have a responsibility to stand in solidarity with diverse communities and to actively work towards dismantling systems of oppression.
We are committed to educating ourselves, our team, our alumni and membership community on how to be effective allies. This includes listening to and amplifying the voices of diverse communities, acknowledging our privilege and confronting our own biases, and actively working to create more inclusive and equitable spaces.
We recognise that allyship is an ongoing process that requires constant self-reflection, learning and action. We are committed to providing resources and support to our team and community to enable us to become better allies and advocates.
We believe that true allyship requires action, and we are committed to taking concrete steps to support diverse communities. This includes using our platforms to raise awareness of issues, advocating for policy change, and supporting organisations that work towards equity and social justice. In addition we will ensure individuals who are part of our community are aware of how they can report direct and indirect experiences of racism and have access to the right advice, support and network to raise and challenge their experience. We will be an accomplice in the dismantling of racism and ensuing injustices.
In short, we believe that global allyship is an essential component of anti-racism work and are committed to being active and effective allies in the fight against racism and discrimination.
This anti-racism statement and set of commitments were developed in collaboration with the following people. They will continue to provide oversight and challenge as we progress and take forward our commitments. With sincere gratitude to:
Racism: The belief in the superiority of one race over another, and the resulting discrimination and mistreatment of individuals or groups based on their race.
Allyship: The practice of promoting and advocating for the rights and well-being of individuals or groups who experience systemic oppression, often through active and intentional support, education, and amplification of marginalised voices.
Equity: The principle of fairness and justice, where resources and opportunities are distributed to individuals or groups according to their needs, rather than being equal for all regardless of their circumstances.
Inclusion: The active and intentional effort to create a community or space where all individuals, regardless of their identities or backgrounds, feel valued, respected, and able to fully participate.
Diversity: A range of visible and invisible identities, cultures, and perspectives that exist within a society or group, including differences in race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, ability, and socioeconomic status.
Global majority: A term used to describe the majority of the world’s population, which is made up of people of colour.
Community organising: The process of bringing people together to collectively work towards social or political change, often through grassroots campaigns, movements, or initiatives.
Intersectionality: a theoretical framework and analytical tool that recognises that individuals have multiple identities and experiences of oppression, discrimination, and privilege due to the intersecting nature of their social identities such as race, gender, sexuality, class, religion, and ability. Intersectionality emphasises the importance of considering the unique ways in which different aspects of identity intersect and affect individuals’ experiences of power and oppression in societal structures.
You can download a pdf version of this statement here.