Changing Faces is asking candidates in the forthcoming mayoral elections to sign a pledge showing commitment to Face Equality.
During last year’s General Election, hundreds of prospective parliamentary candidates supported the pledge, and the charity hopes to get a significant number of candidates in the May election to sign the pledge.
The Pledge is: ‘80,000 Londoners have conditions, marks or scars that affect their appearance. I am proud to stand up for #FaceEquality.’
Head of Advocacy at Changing Faces, Henrietta Spalding, said:
As the pledge states, more than 80,000 Londoners have some form of disfigurement. In Westminster terms, that’s a whole constituency – and we want whoever becomes the next mayor to support our campaign for face equality. We’ll be asking our supporters in London to contact the mayoral candidates to make them aware of the importance of this issue.
Chief Executive, Dr James Partridge OBE, added:
London is a truly great, diverse city and one where, generally speaking, people are able to live their lives free of discrimination. But for those of us who look different, every day can be a challenge. Face equality is about ensuring that everyone is treated equally and fairly, irrespective of appearance, just as the law requires.
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