In October 2016, the Members approved a new ILEP Policy on the use of language, photography and imagery.
The new Policy has been developed by ILEP Members in consultation with both of ILEP’s advisory boards, but in particular the Panel of Women and Men Affected by Leprosy. ILEP Members circulated draft versions of the Policy extensively throughout their organisations to ensure that everyone from the wider ILEP family could make a contribution.
The Policy is intended to prevent the accidental or inadvertent use of language, photographs or imagery that would offend, affront or in any way cause a person affected or impacted by leprosy to be hurt, lessened, disrespected, excluded or victimised by others or themselves. Its purpose is to provide a framework or guidelines for the use of language, photography and imaging used throughout the ILEP Federation in all online/digital, written, print, or oral communications. Examples include language and images used in fund-raising, awareness raising, governance, strategies, advisory boards, policy development, advocacy and lobbying initiatives, human resources and business contracts.
The Guiding Principle underpinning the Policy is that all written materials, spoken words, photographs or imagery used by the ILEP Federation (and associates such as interns, affiliated agencies, contractors or volunteers) must be used with integrity to respect and promote the dignity and honour of all persons affected by leprosy and their families.
It is intended that the Policy will be an evolving document and it will be revised and reissued occasionally.