At this stage, this is a reminder of the recent update to the FORUM RULES. Without being specific, can all members please familiarise themselves with the below and take note of what it says and what the correct behaviour should be. We don’t want to suspend or ban members for repeated rule breaks, however this is a possible action should they be ignored.
Members should be aware that there is a new clause in Section 5 regarding language:
(5g) Gender-neutral wording (alternatively known as gender-inclusive language) should be used when talking about people or roles in general, particularly so when the gender of the person is not known. Common examples would be using the term chair in preference to chairman and using neutral gender pronouns such as they in preference to assuming a he or she, e.g. the driver was approaching the terminal station and they came to a gradual halt.
As way of background, the Forum felt that it should be in line with many other organisations, including TfL which encourages communication using gender-neutral words to avoid gender bias or assuming gender. There are many reasons for this though it is neatly summed up with guidance published to the EU Parliament:
Gender-neutral language is a generic term covering the use of non-sexist language, inclusive language or gender-fair language. The purpose of gender-neutral language is to avoid word choices which may be interpreted as biased, discriminatory or demeaning by implying that one sex or social gender is the norm. Using gender-fair and inclusive language also helps reduce gender stereotyping, promotes social change and contributes to achieving gender equality.
Anyone with any questions should contact an Admin in the first instance.