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Face Equality Week

Face Equality Week is an annual event that raises awareness about the prejudice experienced by too many people with visible differences. This year it is 17 - 21 May.

Face Equality Week is a time to challenge people’s perceptions and raise awareness about the prejudice experienced by too many people with visible differences.

We do this by sharing your stories and important new research. Using our supporter packs, people hold events in their own communities and start important conversations about visible differences.

When is Face Equality Week?

  • Date: 17 – 21 May 2021
  • Theme: Education

Education goes beyond the classroom. This Face Equality Week we need your help to raise awareness and educate your friends, family and colleagues, about the prejudice, discrimination, and stigma that people with visible differences can face in the UK.

Together we can start important conversations about living life with a visible difference.

We are looking forward to a week of sharing your stories, experiences and activities.

Ways to get involved

Tea break talking

People tell us that once they start talking about their scar, mark or condition, often others then share their own experiences. Sometimes people admit they hadn’t really thought about how their words or actions might impact someone with a visible difference.

That’s why this Face Equality Week we’re encouraging you to host your own Face Equali-Tea Party. Your Face Equali-Tea can be hosted online or in-person (depending on government restrictions where you are).

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“During Face Equality Week I talked to my colleagues and the young people we work with about visible difference. Sharing experiences and encouraging questions is a great way to tackle prejudice and get people talking.” Ella, Changing Faces campaigner.

Our Face Equali-Tea Party pack (PDF) includes all you need, from conversation starters, to recipes and decorations. Now all you need to do is pick a date and time during Face Equality Week and invite some friends or colleagues to join you.

Sign up to take action

Throughout Face Equality Week we’re going to be sharing actions you can take through a series of tasks. You could be:

  • Encouraging more brands and businesses to sign up to Pledge To Be Seen.
  • Sharing new resources with schools.
  • Getting behind our campaigners’ messages on social media, helping us to get #FaceEqualityWeek trending!

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We’ll be updating this page with more details in the lead up to Face Equality Week. If you have an idea, event or activity you’ll be running during Face Equality Week, we’d love to hear from you. Please email [email protected]

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Face Equality Week 2020

Find out about happened for last year's Face Equality Week, which focused on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.