FDA equality networks
The FDA’s equality networks give members the opportunity to shape the union’s policies and ensure the voices of under-represented staff are heard in the workplace.
Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Network
Our BME Network aims to raise the profile of black and minority ethnic members and ensure their voices are heard within the FDA. It meets regularly to discuss issues at work, provide mutual social and professional support, and help develop polices to promote a fairer and more diverse workplace.
Disabled Members Network
The FDA’s Disabled Members Network is open to all members who consider themselves disabled or have an interest in disability issues. It meets informally every three months or so to discuss ways to improve opportunities for disabled people at work, raise awareness, promote better training and tackle discrimination.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Network
The FDA’s LGBT Network provides an instant network of colleagues who share interests and sensitivities, and provides support in dealing with hostility at work. Through the FDA, the Network works to give lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people a voice in the same corridors of power where they often have to be silent as individuals.
All women members of the FDA are welcome to join the Network, which meets regularly to discuss gender issues and what can be done about the continuing under-representation of women at the top of the civil service. We also provide mutual support and encouragement and help to develop policies on issues such as childcare, flexible working and maternity rights.