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#ChooseToChallenge on International Women's Day

This International Women’s Day, Chichester Festival Theatre is pledging to #ChooseToChallenge prejudice and discrimination in ourselves and others, to champion women’s social, economic, cultural and political achievements and to strive for full gender equality.

We know that it is women who have been hit hardest economically by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns and as we move towards recovery and reopening, we will ensure that equality is at the top of our agenda.

We recognise that gender equality is intrinsically linked to racial, socio-economic and disability equality, and that we have progress to make in these areas to ensure that we are inclusive and welcoming to all. As such, we commit to regular inclusion training for all staff and welcome applications for all jobs from groups who are currently under-represented in our workforce. We will consult with and listen to experts to learn and share best practice and create approaches and policies that will drive forward equality at CFT.

We are an organisation driven by our values. We will support our communities to live our organisational values at work and in their lives, and to challenge prejudice and discrimination wherever we find it. The experience of live art has the power to change lives and we challenge ourselves to create a repertoire of artistically excellent, creatively ambitious and dynamic theatre productions for and with diverse artists and audiences alongside a socially-inclusive learning, education and participation programme. We will continue to strive for equal representation on and off our stages, and ensure that our work and workforce properly represents our community. This is a journey we have already started, and we are making public here. 

In the next year, we will create a network of women to celebrate, support one another and challenge inequality at CFT. We wish to bring together inspirational women from across our community to continue to move towards equality. We will also make our annual staff Fizz and Feminism event a regular part of CFT’s calendar, open to all.

Sexism, racism, ableism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia and discrimination and prejudice of any kind have no place at CFT and we will continue to work hard to make our theatre open and welcome to all. This is our challenge to ourselves.