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Is it right for a government department to promote one particular organisation and then say they are committed to equality? (The logo underneath the Stonewall icon, 'Positive about Disabled People', was generated by government and is awarded by Job Centre Plus to employers in England, Scotland and Wales who have made commitments to employ, keep and develop the abilities of disabled staff.)
Not only do DFID 'advertise' Stonewall on their website they also have the following framed accolade from Stonewall in their public area. It was taken by a recent visitor to the department.
Stonewall is not funded by government. It raises its own finances through donations and other sources, therefore it is a private organisation - although high in profile.
If DFID does believe in equality as well as diversity why don't they promote the likes of the VSO - which contributes much to overseas projects - on the DFID website and have a few framed posters from organisations which provide help to thousands of the world's poor. I'm sure plenty would be delighted to have information about their efforts available, in the hallowed halls of the Department For International Development, for visitors to peruse.
I agree with diversity and equality but I certainly don't agree with what appears to be favouritism from a government department.