SOCIALight Magazine – An Ally

SOCIALight as an ally

At SOCIALight Magazine, we are proud to write about women’s issues. Whether it is about mental health, motherhood, career development, solo travel, beauty, fitness, fashion, finances or sex & relationships, we are not afraid to tackle the stigma and taboos surrounding some of these topics. But as much as we are about women in the digital industry – supporting and championing women in the workplace, we are proud to be an ally to a broad spectrum of minority groups. 

What is an ally?

An ally actively promotes and spreads awareness about the culture of inclusion through shining a light on the struggles as well as the successes of systematically marginalised and underrepresented groups such as people of colour, members of the LGBTQI+ community, people with disabilities and many more. 

Often referred to as ‘wokeness’, we are all about helping give a voice to those who do not have one. We recognise our privilege and see it as our responsibility to ensure SOCIALight is a safe space where a diverse spectrum of voices and lived experiences are highlighted, amplified and celebrated.

What does it take to be an ally?

That said, allyship is not an easy road. We are constantly learning, researching and investigating information that relates to these minority groups, to make sure that we are good allies – that we are well-informed and that we are sharing correct and factual information when speaking on subjects that we have no experience of. We are constantly expanding our knowledge and awareness of diversity and inclusion topics. 

Being an ally is a lifelong process, it requires building relationships based on trust and consistency with marginalised people. In being an ally we commit to lift others up by advocating, share growth opportunities, recognise systematic inequalities, realise the impact of microaggressions and we listen and support in order to share peoples stories and spread awareness as well as knowledge. 

We are focused on tackling issues relating to women, but that does not mean we do not support those that do not identify as women. The topics we cover and the experiences we share relate to us all – and we aim to be inclusive in everything we do.

Why are we writing about this?

Well, we wanted to make sure we’re doing everything we can do to be a fully inclusive magazine – and to clearly outline our alliances and our mission. We also want to be transparent about the fact that we are only human and will sometimes make mistakes or errors when discussing sensitive topics relating to those we are allies to. We’re constantly learning and we hope to represent a range of voices in our issues, creating a platform to those who want to speak and be heard on a range of topics.

Want to help us be a good ally?

If you’d like to get in touch with us, please drop us an email at info@socialightmagazine.co.uk. If there are any topics you feel should be covered, or you would like to contribute to the magazine on something you’re passionate about – we’d like to hear from you.

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