The Crime Writers' Association

Inclusivity and Diversity

The CWA’s stated aim is to give all members the ability to celebrate the crime-writing genre in a welcoming, informal and inclusive environment. The CWA supports diversity, free speech and inclusivity.

The CWA welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities and faiths. This encompasses and is not restricted to members of any sexual orientation, gender, race, ethnicity, background, nationality, socio economic class, educational level, immigration status, political and religious beliefs, and mental and physical abilities along with age, size and family status. The CWA wants all its members to feel valued, appreciated and free to be who they are within the association.

Everyone has a role to play in creating an inclusive culture and in making the CWA a truly great organisation of which to be a part. There is a role for everyone in achieving this and it will be led by the Chair of the CWA with the wholehearted support of the committee.

The CWA believes that the CWA should be a powerful platform for social change and that its higher purpose is to drive equality for all.

If the CWA is to attract and maintain talent from a wide range of backgrounds and if it is to meet the needs of a modern and diverse Britain and its members, then the CWA needs to be at the vanguard of ensuring that processes, communications and management promote and facilitate equality and diversity. Any complaints of unfair or un-inclusive actions or communications by the CWA or its members to other members of the CWA brought to its attention will be investigated and if a breach of its principles of equality, inclusivity and diversity has been committed, this will be dealt with accordingly.

Diverse associations are more innovative and better positioned to succeed. The CWA strives to build and nurture a culture where inclusiveness is at its forefront.

2020
Linda Stratmann
Ayo Onatade