Affirmative Action and Equity Policy

Freedonia recognizes and values the diversity of our communities and our movements.

Freedonia is committed to ending all forms of discrimination and to the realisation of full social and economic equality.

Therefore, Freedonia will use all aspects of our work, whether internal or external, to promote social and economic equality.

In this spirit, Freedonia will take proactive measures regarding the funding of applicants from groups facing discrimination, (referred to hereinafter as “equity seeking groups”).*

Grants from Freedonia will be allocated based upon the merit of the applicant as measured using the organization’s standard assessment criteria. Where the level of merit is judged to be relatively equal, applicants from equity seeking groups will be selected.

Favourable consideration will be given to projects that expressly and actively promote social and economic equality.

All applicants selected for a grant must agree in writing to conduct its work in a manner consistent with Freedonia’s Affirmative Action and Equity Policy before the grant is released.

As per the Freedonia Funding Contract, failure to abide by Freedonia’s Affirmative Action and Equity Policy shall constitute grounds for the termination of outstanding grant payments, or the non-renewal of a grant.

Freedonia will also take proactive measures to increase the representation of equity seeking groups within our own organisation.

The selection of new Freedonia Directors, employees and consultants will be based upon relevant skills and experience. Where these factors are relatively equal, however, individuals from equity seeking groups will be selected.

Freedonia will publish the Affirmative Action and Equity Policy and make it available as part of all funding application and recruitment processes.

* In our work Freedonia promotes equality and the elimination of discrimination on the following grounds: gender (including gender identity), race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, religious belief, sexual orientation, marital status (including same-sex partnership status), age, disability, or socio-economic status (including status as a convicted person).