The month-long global celebration takes place every June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall uprising where protesters fought back against police harassment and social discrimination. It seeks to raise awareness of issues facing the community around the world and marks years of struggle for civil rights and equal justice under the law.
The first Metro Manilla Pride march was held in 1994 and, while there is still work to do to foster greater acceptance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, the Philippines has subsequently been ranked one of the most gay friendly nations in Asia.
Pride has subsequently evolved into a fun event that’s a celebration of people’s authentic selves and an opportunity for Enshored to renew its commitment to a diverse and inclusive culture.
“This marks the first company-wide initiative to acknowledge and celebrate our pride members, complementing our ongoing efforts throughout the year to foster diversity and inclusion in the workplace,” explains Mary Rose Yanga, Senior Human Resources Manager.
“Based on our recent demographics, we are proud to have 7% of our employee population identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Through these activities, we aim to increase our employee’s awareness of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression, promote Enshored’s diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging efforts, and create an inclusive and supportive culture for everyone.”
Activities organized throughout June to celebrate Pride at Enshored:
- Heroes for PRIDE (Social Media Campaign): Enshored is releasing a series of weekly videos featuring the inspiring testimonies and life stories of LGBTQIA+ members within our organization.
- Wings Competition: Enshored employees participate in an exciting art competition to design their own unique wings. The designs are showcased in our office and worn by participants during the PRIDE Parade.
- PRIDE Parade: Enshored is thrilled to join this year’s PRIDE Parade, a significant annual gathering of LGBTQIA+ members in Makati, Philippines. To show our support, our engagement team prepared flags and tarps to distribute to employees participating in the event.
- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Webinar): Enshored employees were invited to an inclusive webinar on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE). We secured exciting speakers who shared their experiences and insights.