What is the DRI-Factor ?
If you’re not sure what diversity, representation and inclusion really mean and you’re wondering why we’re often referencing these three subjects, here’s a little guide to help you get to grips with the importance and meaning of these topics.
Diversity is the condition of being composed of different elements.
In the context of motherhood, when we talk about diversity at All Our Mothers, we’re talking about all different types of mothers. Mothers of various races, sexualities, ages, gender identities, education levels, cultures, abilities and backgrounds. We’re also talking about diverse stories: the less desirable, less palatable stories of motherhood, that are often dismissed and left untold.
Representation is the depiction or portrayal of someone or something.
Everywhere you look, there is representation of a non-diverse and non-inclusive story of motherhood. It is whitewashed, CIS-gendered, able bodied, devoid of varied experiences and not at all representative of the beautifully diverse reality of motherhood. Many groups of marginalized mothers are longing to see reflections of themselves and their children. Where is the visibility for mothers whose experiences of birth trauma, loss and postnatal depression have been silenced? Why do we not see enough diverse faces in marketing materials from health service providers and brands? When was the last time you saw a mother or child with a disability fronting an advertising campaign and why are more than 95% of the central characters in children’s books white?
Inclusion is a term used by people with disabilities and other disability rights advocates for the idea that all people should take action to freely accommodate people with a physical, mental, cognitive, and or developmental disability.
At All Our Mothers we push for the inclusion of these often marginalized mothers and their children, in narratives of motherhood and we make space for their personal stories to be heard.
The DRI-Factor is a term that wE’VE coined, in order to talk simply about three topics that are close to our hearts: Diversity, Representation & Inclusion.