In August, Dr. James Partridge OBE, pioneer of Face Equality, passed away. Our thoughts are with his family during this sad time.
Our president, Kim Fox has written her personal tribute.
I met James Partridge in a Skype meeting with FACES in 2018. He spoke to us about Face Equality and the idea of an alliance of non-profits and NGOs around the world that would work together to bring an end to face discrimination. FACES was eager to be a part of it and soon became a founding member.
I had the pleasure of meeting James in person at the first Face Equality International (FEI) forum in early 2019. His charm, wit, and positive personality put me instantly at ease. I learned so much and met so many smart people during the four days of that forum. The power and ideas in the air kept you on your toes. When James spoke, he led us all into his vision of a world where everyone is treated fairly whatever their face looks like. I left even more determined to help make that a reality.
I had an email from James on Saturday announcing new members of FEI and on Monday I received an email telling of his sudden passing. I was in shock. How can this be? I just emailed him…there’s a meeting in September with his name on it that keeps popping up on my calendar. How can he be gone?
I don’t know how FEI will move forward without James, but I know we will and must. For he started the revolution of Face Equality, and we have a job to do!
Rest well James, for you have certainly have earned your peace. I will dearly miss you.
FACES: The National Craniofacial Association
You can learn more about James here:
Or read his new book FACE IT.
Facial Disfigurement and My Fight for Face Equality
Written by James Partridge
An honest memoir of the battle after severe facial burns; it’s a practical self-help guide for anyone with a facial difference and a manual for health professionals trying to help them. And, finally, it’s a manifesto for face equality, rooting out the stigmas of face-ism that oppress us all… and urging new face values in our 21st century world.
Creating a world where everyone is treated fairly no matter what their face looks like.
Face Equality International is an alliance of non-profit organizations, charities and support groups which are working at national, regional and international levels to promote the campaign for face equality. The mission of FEI is to mobilize the many groups and organizations, big and small, national and international, which support and represent people with facial differences and disfigurements. This group effort creates the critical mass and solidarity needed to gain global attention for the campaign for face equality.
Do you want to promote an informed view of people who have disfigurements?
End Facial Discrimination
Charities united for 2020 International Face Equality Week
The right of being treated equally and without discrimination is what all people desire. The way someone looks should not determine how they are treated. Member organizations of Face Equality International highlight the issues and prejudices people with facial differences experience, including health inequalities, online abuse and hate crime. During the 2020... (Read more)
International Media Standard on Disfigurement
FACES joins global movement to urge Media to take care with language, tone, and imagery when covering disfigurement.
The FEI Alliance has developed the International Media Standard on Disfigurement with a view to supporting and advising on best practice by written and broadcast media professionals when covering disfigurement in the media. The Standard offers guidance on language, interviewing, showing respect and reducing the stigma around disfigurement.
The Standard has been developed in order to empower media professionals to reshape the way disfigurement and facial difference is described and represented in the public eye, with the goal of moving towards honest, informed and respectful media coverage.
Face Equality International and its member NGOs wish to work collaboratively with journalists, researchers and media professionals to support them in getting it right, rather than calling them out when they get it wrong.