It’s 2021 and the fact that the idea of inclusivity still isn’t a given – even something we need to be constantly reminded of lest we should forget – already feels like some kind of failure. In an effort to raise awareness, not to soothe our soul but because we firmly believe inclusivity and diversity will result in a more creative and stronger #BelgianGamesIndustry, here are some events that try to improve this.
If you feel like you need to educate yourself on the subject, devcom is hosting the Call for Change Summit. In a series of workshops, panels and roundtables, you’ll learn about practical approaches to diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. It’s taking place all digital from 25th February until 26th February and all you have to do is sign up for free here.
The day after, on 27th February, you can also tune in to the digital edition of Meet & Build at 2.30 PM for Ally McLean’s talk on why inclusivity is key to making great games.
Next: a couple of organisations that do great work on these topics:
- Represent (link in Dutch) is a campaign that fights for more diversity in audiovisual media. Without wanting to relegate it to a check list, they have published a guideline (link in Dutch) for a better inclusion of cultural diversity and people of color in audiovisual media.
- WIFTM Belgium (link in Dutch) meanwhile is the Belgian branch of the international organisation that surfaced in 70s Hollywood and fights for the rights and equal inclusion of women in film, television, and media.
- Victims of sexual harrassment or discrimination can reach out to De Genderkamer (link in Dutch) of de Vlaamse Ombudsdienst. You can safely reach them on the number 1700.
It’s a good thing these events, campaigns, and organisations exist, but they can’t take action in our place. So if you feel you can contribute to a level playing field for everyone and work towards a stronger #BelgianGamesIndustry based on equality for all, please take that action. Thank you.