Communicate in an inclusive way: what is inclusive communication

When we talk about inclusive communication based on equality, we mean sharing accurate information with respect and empathy. It means using language to celebrate human diversity, to shed light on human rights, and honour the planet.

Inclusive communication:
What do we mean?

5 GENDER EQUALITY

7AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY

10 REDUCED INEQUALITIES

12 RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

13 CLIMATE ACTION

14 LIFE BELOW WATER

15 LIFE ON LAND

16 PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS

Inclusive communication:
How does it work?

Inclusive communication has key allies: non-sexist language, clear language, and accessibility criteria. These tools allow us to represent the diversity of humanity and they enable messages to reach a wide audience. They make information easier to understand and use.

Non-sexist language

These are linguistic resources that allow us to create messages without discriminating on the basis of sex or gender, and they avoid perpetuating gender stereotypes. There are different alternatives, both normative and disruptive, to use inclusion-based language.

Clear language

This means ensuring that the wording, structure, and design of our messages are as transparent as possible. That way, the reader finds what they need, understands what they find, and can use that information.

Accessibility criteria

This refers to using resources that eliminate or reduce obstacles or barriers in accessing information. Ultimately, the goal is for people with disabilities to access information in text, images, audios, and videos on equal terms. In any case, another advantage of considering accessibility criteria in communication is that messages reach a wide audience easily, not just people with disabilities. For example, readers whose first language is not the one used in a specific text.
Of course, there are different levels of accessibility, and ensuring complete accessibility is complex. However, it is important to use whatever reasonable accommodations that are available to facilitate access to information.

Inclusive communication:
What are the myths about it?

Now that we know what inclusive communication is, it is important to understand what it is not. Below we include a few myths regarding this concept:

How can modii help?

MODII created ‘Explore your empathy! Everything you wanted to know about inclusive communication.’ This is a practical guide written in Spanish to transmit messages in an inclusive way. It consists of nine chapters that correspond to the following topics:

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