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This week (18th - 22nd May) Face Equality Week is taking place, which is a campaign to ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally whatever the appearance of their face or body.
The week marks a special time of celebration and action, providing an opportunity to champion and give a voice to people with a visible difference, and changing other people’s perceptions.
As part of this campaign week, the charity Changing Faces have produced a video showing the impact of lockdown on those who live with a visible difference – including their fears of going outside, and hopes for a kinder future.
Three Ways You Can Take Part In Face Equality Week
1. Share the video abovr across social media.
2. Have kids? Why not join Changing Faces' free Butterfly Challenge pack. We’d love to see butterfly pictures in windows across the country.
3. Share a cuppa tea with friends and family and take part in Face Equali-Tea.
Tackling Visible Hate
Earlier this year, the charity Changing Faces launched its' campaign to stop visible hate, as their research revealed seven in ten people experience negative behaviour such as stares, abuse and bullying because of how they look.
No one should be scared about going outside because they have a visible difference.
If you experience hate because of your appearance, please report it to the Police on 101; or use this website to report non-emergency acts of hate to the Hate Crime Partnership. In an emergency, please dial 999.