Language & Terminologies
Dialogue Days | #ReframingTheNarrative
26th January 2021 , 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
A series of workshops providing a safe and brave space to discuss issues around race and post-colonialism.
“When your objective is trying to change something, it’s tricky to know where to start. Do you first try and change what you do, or should you start by changing what you say?”Maryam Mohsin, Media Manager at BOND
Language is central to the work we do. The language we use through our communications, advocacy and training possess deeper implications to communities in Wales and in Africa. We know many of you are having the same conversations too.
Does the language we use reinforce colonial or outdated thinking? Has our language evolved to capture our efforts to be more progressive, considered, inclusive and locally-led? What is the impact of the language we use on those we work with? Is the language we use both publicly and privately consistent with our values?
At Hub Cymru Africa, we believe we have a responsibility to take a position on this and have agreed that there is some language that we will no longer use in our own communication. We are now ready to share our reasons and get input from you, our network.
These events are for volunteers, trustees and staff based in Wales and working internationally looking to develop their personal or organisational approach to racial equity and power relations. Part of the Reframing the Narrative project, this series of workshops follow the Decolonising Development webinars hosted by the Sub-Saharan Advisory Panel (SSAP) and Hub Cymru Africa (HCA) in the summer of 2020, and the Reframing Film Narrative screenings hosted by HCA and Watch Cymru Africa in December 2020.