On the joy of collaboration

31 Aug

Earlier this year,  I had an article published on US website The Thin Pink Line.  My piece was about the launch of the interactive International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association‘s (ILGA) new website,  designed and sponsored by British Telecom:

Last week saw women around the world celebrating the 100thanniversary of International Women’s Day – a day marked on 8th March every year to commemorate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

If, however,  you are a gay woman in Pakistan, Algeria or Uganda, then you probably have somewhat less to celebrate,  as it’s still illegal to be gay in those countries – and several others.  And if you’re a gay woman and fortunate enough to live elsewhere such as the US or the UK,  a country where you are,  in the recent words of Ulrike Lunacek, an Austrian Member of the European Parliament who co-chairs that entity’s LGBTI group:

“… able to be open in your workplace; able to be free to be who you really are …”

- but you travel overseas, then here’s a website that you may wish to check out. In addition to serving as a useful resource, it will help to raise your awareness of the other countries out there where the LGBTI community don’t enjoy the same levels of personal and professional freedom.

Click here to read more – and here to read about the TPL team’s view on the successful components of collaboration, with which I completely agree, summarised as:

  • Agree on a process and a timeline;
  • Communicate early and often – and not just by email!
  • Respect one another.

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