About the Challenge
In early 2018 the Add-A-Box Challenge was born.
Tired of feeling helpless and doing nothing about it, I set out a few simple steps on how we, as Citizens and as Companies,
can all be game-changers on the road to gender inclusion.
And then I shared Good News stories of people and places who helped to these implement changes. Because, we all need Good News Stories.
It began with a form.
I've had to fill out a lot of forms;
as a parent, as a patient, as a community member, as a student.
Forms for myself.
Forms for my family.
It's a no-brainer. I'm an F. Always have been.
And I never had to think twice about it.
But not everyone's box can be easily ticked.
Every time I'm presented with a choice to select F for Female, or M for Male,
I can't help but feel the organization, the person or the place asking for my information
is leaving out an entire population of people.
They're missing an opportunity to be inclusive.
Life isn't as simple as two boxes.
Together, let's break down the boxes - or at the very least, let's make sure we're all included.
In 2017, I first became aware of the intricacies surrounding gender identity.
An inspiring health care professional was speaking about identity and gender as a spectrum.
Many of us never have to contemplate this, because like me, their box had simply been ticked throughout their lives.
Why should we think about something that doesn't touch us directly?
Because... 1,000,000,000,000+ Fingerprints
We all begin as a single cell; a single cell that multiplies more than a trillion times before we're even born. Splitting and dividing and multiplying; leaving us with unique fingerprints whereby no two humans are alike exist in the world; we're all unique. Even identical twins have gene mutations that make their DNA unique!
But then, we're divided and labelled into our category, M or F, before we even know who we really are. As global citizens, we want to BE inclusive, and yet categorizing people into two simple boxes
M | F to define a person's existence is anything but inclusive.
I'm drawing a line.
4 to be exact. 4 little lines in the shape of BOX on every form I come across because, to show there are other alternatives to M and F.
And ask yourself, is the information you're being asked to give, really necessary?
If not, then why?
I challenge you to join me.
The next time a form asks for your Gender Marker. Ask yourself, is this necessary?
Does my gender make a difference to the service I'm being provided?
If not, make the box - leave it blank. Or make the box and tick it.
It's time we walk-the-walk starting here and hopefully growing...there.
Add-A-Box. Simple change = Powerful impact, with hope.
This Challenge takes no rights away from anyone -- it doesn't hurt anybody.
It costs nothing and takes no extra time from your day.
But hopefully, it will offer a small 'tick of a box' to building a more inclusive future.