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WhatsApp Image 2020 03 08 at 09.56.59In celebration of International Women's Day 2020

 

Wings which embrace you from the first taken breath, creating a fortress of impenetrable protection around your soul

A heart which beats in unison from the first breath taken,

Creating a unique imprint, uniting forever an invisible bond, leaving at first their own, and later your joint presence upon the universe

A force the like of which will quell the fiercest storm with words unspoken, yet universally revered, drawing lines beyond which none dare to cross

A touch, as soft as the trail of the silken worm, yet when called upon commands a strength of the glistening spider's web to protect and cocoon you

A smile which falls upon your face, reminiscent of the first ray of sunlight breaking through the tallest trees as it falls gently all around you dancing alongside your emotive states

Tears that fall freely at the injustice in the world create rivers of change, innovation integrity and purpose Alongside laughter which melts the iciest of hearts

A scholar who knowingly brings forth lessons which will fall mostly beside you, only revealing their magical intent long after your travelled path is broken by the cruelest fated twist of the breath last taken

Threads of courage, integrity and purpose become entwined within the very essence of your being alongside the conviction of your own presence and powerful impact in the precious life you have been given

Selflessness matched only by the Casseopian roar liken to a veil of mist, creates unimaginable heartache as crimson as the most beautiful lotus flower, as its petals float gently to the ground amidst decisions taken which cause ripples in time itself

Devoid of age-old traditions which bound the creative never-ending parameters and interpretation of a Woman celebrating its omnipresence

Rising against all forms of Misogyny and patriarchy with a resounding 'Go on, then underestimate me!'

Shunning the expectations of centuries gone by, preferring to set paths anew as you shine brightly in your own constellation

Most resplendent as wings first designed to cocoon you, carry you to the inevitability of a path you will travel,

Singularly for a fleeting moment in time as a finely tuned warrior in all your earthly endeavours as life unravels before you

Calling upon at a moment the essence of of all Women which is carried within you

Collectively the next phase of humanity rises, no longer expending energy on trappings of the past but creating a new blueprint, a way of being of governing of life

Footsteps now resting within your soul rise to spend a while beside you as the familiar and longed for touch, scent and spoken words wash over you as on this of all days we celebrate generations of women past present and future

JW 2020

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Equality In Sports - Combining Sports & Professional Careers

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WhatsApp Image 2020 03 05 at 10.08.15Nicole Stratford from New Zealand, who represented her country in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 as a member of the Football Ferns World Cup squad, talks about her role as a police officer and a professional football player. She is now trying for a place to represent her country at the Tokyo Olympics.
 
 
During the international month of women & coming on the back of the recently released Women in Sport report by Farrer & Co to which I contributed with insights highlighting the inequalities that blight the sporting world, it is refreshing to hear Nicole's indepth perspectives of what it means to combine her two passions and professional careers together.
It resonates with the work I have been involved these last two decades, tackling intersectionality & equality within all aspects of the sporting arena, in particular the critical success factors required to turn policy into working practice. It also reminds us of the inequalities that still exist in the sporting world, why we need to debate these inequalities & share good practice on how to improve.
Other links: https://www.universalinclusion.co.uk/news/articles/reclaim-the-game
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Jacqueline Winstantley nominated for the Women's Business Award

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UI AwardNomineeJacqueline Winstanley FRSA is nominated for The Women’s Business Awards 2020. 

Organised by the Women’s Business Club, the award recognises and celebrates the best businesses in the country. Winners are not selected through votes or reviews alone but by each sponsor thorough investigation. The Business Club was set up in 2013 by Angela De Souza and attracts high calibre, real women who are determined to be all they can be while enjoying the journey and being an inspiration to others. From the very first event in January 2013 to today, the club has stayed true to its calling to serve business women and supporting them in their growth and success whilst encouraging feminine leadership.
 
Jacqueline is delighted with the nomination and said, 'It is an honour to be recognised and nominated among such inspiring women. The vision behind the awards is to empower businesswomen to achieve more in their work and home life by unleashing their full potential from the inside out. This is perfectly aligned with our ethos at Universal Inclusion, where I believe that there should be equal access to life's opportunities. Such awards bring our work to a larger audience and for that I am delighted to accept the nomination.'

 

 

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Farrer & Co launch game-changing report 'Women in Sport'​

Farrer & Co launch game-changing report 'Women in Sport'​

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Opening up Farrer & Co's Women in Sport Report that I contributed to brought back many memories and a certain level of irony as I looked back on the journey travelled since I set up one of the first inclusive play and childcare schemes in the country: Kidscore.

One of the key inclusive activities we embraced was Bolton Wanderer’s Football in the Community Summer School, as I believed then  - as I do now - in the enormous capacity of sport to break through barriers, create lasting friendships and develop excellence within the game.

Whilst this was at the time when inequalities within the game were even more visible than they are now at all levels of the sport, the Summer Activities saw young people of all ages, gender and abilities, playing side by side as the ethos within the setting extended throughout the opportunity to sample and gain new footballing skills, alongside a tour of the stadium and meet with some of their footballing heroes.

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It was an incredible thing to see and something I am immensely proud of. The Inclusion Blueprint I developed within the organisation at that time underpins all of my work to date.

I had no idea at the time and could have never imagined that I would one day be speaking about my work at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

It was such fun watching the young people, including my own children, grow up with a love of the game which has stayed with them through into adulthood.

My daughter went on to play for ‘Bolton Wanderer’s Ladies’ as they were known then and is now a Sports Medicine Doctor.

The images from those times filled my mind today as I was reading the report, as if it was yesterday.  I can remember pretty much all the young people who attended the sessions, including those who are sadly no longer with us, and it fills me with a renewed sense of purpose in my work going forward.

It was an immense pleasure and honour to participate in the work Farrer & Co have undertaken as they continue to raise awareness of the inequalities that blight the sporting world, creating safe spaces to debate and share good practice on how to improve things going forward.

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The opportunity to contribute to the report came following my interview with Karen Dobres of Lewes FC, the first football club in the world to implement equal pay and conditions for a FiLiA Podcast and I am grateful to Karen for recommending me to Julian Pike.

My input to the panel and subsequent interim and final report centred around the success I have had in increasing equality of access both within and beyond the sporting arena, in particular the critical success factors when turning policy into working practice. 

On the panel in London I talked about intersectionality and equality within all aspects of the sporting arena, not just the sports people themselves on Boards. I concluded by saying, “If we could harness the same desire to win, to be the best you can be, that exists within the sporting arena and directing it to reducing inequalities, we would see the stereotypical responses to why it is not possible just fade away."

I have worked with organisations across all sectors and industries here in the UK and internationally and in all cases, there are key elements that have been critical in terms of bringing about real and sustainable change.

Organisations which adopt a holistic approach within a supportive change framework have all succeeded in becoming exemplar in this area.

The ‘Bespoke Frameworks’ I have developed enable an organisation to navigate the simple changes that are required to create inclusive working practice in a way that demystifies the whole process leaving whole teams engaged, informed and able to navigate any eventuality within a vibrant diverse organisation.

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I am looking forward to further collaboration with Farrer & Co on this issue and others who are ready to embark on a journey to creating an inclusive world.

If you want to chat further about the work that I do and how we can work together going forward, please visit https://www.universalinclusion.co.uk/

Jacqueline Winstanley FRSA © 2020

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Universal Inclusion: Our Work with the Rivington Terraced Gardens

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One of my most enjoyable projects in 2019 was working alongside Dave Partington and the team at the Woodland Trust within the Rivington Terraced Gardens project.

I have such fond memories of the Gardens as a child, and it was an easy call to make in terms of lending my expertise to creating an inclusive opportunity for everyone involved in and visiting the Terraced Gardens.

If you are unfamiliar with the project, take a look at the website - it truly is a magical place: Rivington Terraced Gardens | Groundwork

You may well wonder where would one start in terms of making the vision of Lord and Lady Leverhulme on a hillside in Lancashire inclusive.

Luckily, although the core staff team is small, there is a phenomenal group of volunteers working together to bring this incredible place back life through the Heritage Lottery funding.

Our work here is in its early stages in terms of equality of access in all mediums in ways which are sensitive to the surroundings. Contrary to popular belief, people who are excluded don’t actually want to ruin the natural beauty just so that they can access it physically.

This blog will capture the journey. We want to create an inclusive experience which retains the very essence of the Terraced Gardens.

We have just completed the first round of staff training to establish the foundations for the Strategic Action Plan in relation to Diversity and Inclusion from an informed and committed perspective, which goes way beyond physical access, and there are some phenomenal plans in the pipeline. So watch this space!

We have also completed a site-mapping exercise with key members of the team. Our photo album gives you an idea of both the natural beauty and the task ahead.

The Rivington Terraced Gardens Project

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The most important factor I have observed throughout my work in this area, is the whole organisational support and commitment to innovation and change. Indeed, the Rivington Terraced Gardens project is overflowing with this and it’s a pleasure to work alongside them.

Follow our journey.

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