Practice equality personally

Equality cannot be limited to gender, disability, class, race or religion. It sits so much wider. It’s a matter of humanity when people look across at one another and say, “Never above you. Never below you. Always beside you.”

Of course, when equality is overlooked, we all need to step up, stand tall and declare, “That’s not good enough.”

But our first port of call is to practice equality personally. So, what does it look like?

I once heard an Aboriginal man retelling a story of his younger years when he was leaving his country home to relocate to the city. In effect, he had felt “driven out of town” by prejudice and injustice. But as he stood at the bus depot, his uncle turned to him saying, “I don’t have anything to give you other than this piece of advice. There is no one in the world better than you – and you’re no better than anyone else in the world. Remember that.”

And he did. Forty years later there was a catch in his voice as he repeated these words. They’re powerful. They’re true. And they will change each of us who live them out in the way we see ourselves and treat others.

About Kelley

Kelley is a speaker, author, overseas aid worker and perpetual student. She is passionate about women and gender issues, both in the local and international context, which underpins her enthusiasm for kinwomen and its contribution to women ‘living their finest life’. In 2014 Kelley completed a Masters in International and Community Development before establishing The Foxglove Project. Foxglove is a registered charity focused on supporting international development projects that are sustainable and driven by indigenous leadership. Kelley’s paid work requires her to travel extensively to evaluate and support projects supported by Australian funds. This experience and networking enables Foxglove to partner with outstanding overseas agencies delivering real opportunities for the poor and vulnerable to lead independent self-determined lives. Kelley combines these passions with a love of family and faith. Across more than 30 years of marriage, Kelley and her husband have worked through many of the challenges of building a relationship while raising three sons. Their boys have now finished high school changing the dynamics of family life and relationships. One of her great joys is sharing parenting lessons and learning from good and bad (sometimes disastrous) experiences. She uses humour and common sense to talk about the everyday challenges facing parents in today’s context.