Inclusivity Statement

Inclusivity Statement:

The Babywearing Collective is comprised of a mixed group of Australians of diverse racial, cultural and religious backgrounds. The Babywearing Collective acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands we live and raise of families on. We value and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and cultures, and pledge to honour them in our works and deeds, particularly by sharing these values with the next generations we are raising.

As an organisation, we recognise that our members, as well as the communities we serve, are from diverse racial, cultural and religious backgrounds, and we embrace and promote the essential values of diversity and inclusivity. As an organisation, we affirm all people regardless of their age, culture, disabilities, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Members of our community will all be valued equitably, including those of minority and oppressed backgrounds.

It is not only our policy, but also one of the basic tenets of our organisation to be inclusive of this diversity in all of our endeavours, both off and online. We require all spaces that we inhabit, both on and offline to be respectful, safe, responsive and supportive of all people.

We acknowledge that oppression or inequality may occur along lines of race, colour, class, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, physical or mental ability, age, sex, political or religious alignment, or varied other identifications, beliefs or conditions. We will not allow or tolerate discussion or behaviour which contributes to the further oppression of a marginalised party.

We will engage on matters of social justice, awareness and inclusivity in the following ways:

  • Maintaining diverse and inclusive representation amongst our management team and our administration

  • Prohibiting the use of language or behaviours, in all online and offline spaces that we manage, which are: abusive, ableist, sexist, racist, classist, homophobic, morally unconscionable, or which fails to promote safety within the environment

  • Remaining open to learning and accepting when we are challenged

  • Adopting the use of image and video descriptions, as well as transcripts, in all our online spaces.

  • Working to increase the accessibility of babywearing as an essential parenting tool for all caregivers.

  • Working to provide educational resources for babywearing educators and vendors to promote inclusivity in their own work.

  • Sharing resources on cultural appropriation, privilege, ableism, identity, and the politics of oppression, and the continued impact of the inequalities within our society.

  • Engaging with marginalised communities to promote visibility of traditional and indigenous

babywearing and weaving, as well as honouring the preservation of babywearing in traditional and indigenous cultures.

  • Encouraging meaningful and educational discussion around environmental sustainability within the fibre and textile industry.

If you would like to discuss anything related to diversity or inclusivity with us, or have any questions or on matters that require attention, please contact us at: hello@australianbabywearingcollective.com.a

The Babywearing Collective acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the rich and diverse Indigenous Nations across Australia, from where our members come and from where we live and work. We pay our respect to Elders past and present, and we value Indigenous perspectives in everything we do.