From Unconscious Bias to Conscious Inclusion
The City of Cape Town awarded Free To Grow the tender to equip 140 of their senior managers with the skills and tools to create a more inclusive environment in the City. Presented by Yolande Chirwa, senior Free To Grow facilitator and subject matter expert, the Unconscious Bias workshops explored the key steps in minimising and mitigating unconscious bias on an individual, team and organisational level.
“Free To Grow’s Unconscious Bias @ Work programme was incredible”, says Nqobile Simelane, Head of Marketing and Communications at the City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department. “What resonated with me the most was that unconscious bias has such a huge impact, and it’s not just enough to understand it or be aware of it, but also to ensure that we really make an effort to be inclusive. It’s a very intentional activity, and it’s nice to see in terms of our professional environment, trends have moved from just discrimination and employment equity talk, into real active and proactive behavioural changes. I recommend this to everybody who has the opportunity to take advantage of such training,” says Simelane.