Empowering Action in the Workplace for Palestine and Sudan

There are no words to describe the emotions I’ve felt with everything happening in the world. Palestine is experiencing a genocide, Sudan is experiencing another civil war, and our Muslim community has endured so much in the past few years. Still, it seems we are screaming louder than ever. These screams are a rallying call for action. It’s a reminder of the urgency to approach our workplaces for support and aid, armed with a deep understanding and emotional intelligence. The severity of the situation in Palestine and Sudan, where families are being torn apart, and lives are being lost, isn’t just a news story that’s failed to be reported; it’s a harrowing reality that demands our immediate and empathetic response.

Educate Yourself & Colleagues
You can only lead with emotional intelligence by educating yourself and others. Understanding the severity of these situations is crucial. Working with your HR or Culture teams to organize or participate in knowledge-sharing sessions at your workplace. This can include inviting speakers, sharing documentaries, or distributing articles on these issues. If you need the mindshare to help organize the event, you can reach out to the HR team and express that you would like to see the company do this.

Company Efforts: Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives
Educational workshops are only the first step to proposing tangible action items. Other ideas include a company-wide fundraiser, matching employee donations, or providing resources for those who want to learn more about the situation. It’s also beneficial to show how these actions align with the company’s values and corporate social responsibility goals. If we’ve learned anything about businesses, they care about their wallet and image; their corporate social responsibility efforts reflect this.

Creating Safe Spaces for Dialogue
With educational workshops and company matches for donations, it’s vital to create safe spaces to ensure all employees feel safe expressing their feelings. This can be done through open forums, support groups, or informal gatherings. The key is to bring a respectable vendor who can act as a mediator to help facilitate discussion and can offer tangible action items for both you as an individual and the company on what we may need. Most importantly, respecting those who wish to remain silent about their feelings should also be part of this environment. You can also discuss employment assistance programs with mental health resources at work, including access to counseling services or mental health days.

Dressing with Purpose
Company-hosted events only start the conversation, but real moments of learning can occur through the morning office chit-chat, and what better way to get into it than by utilizing your personal style as a statement? This can be a powerful tool for expression. Wearing items that symbolize solidarity or represent the culture of the affected regions can be a subtle yet impactful way of raising awareness. Naturally, this is only if you’re comfortable with it. Ultimately, not everyone has the privilege to speak up in the workplace, but if you do, please use your voice. Ensure your colleagues have not been misinformed. Also, it’s important to remember that on the day of judgment, our bodies will testify for us on what we did for these causes. Have trust in Allah SWT and the plan he has written for you; if you do choose to speak up, remember it’s essential to maintain professionalism while advocating for these causes.

By taking these steps and keeping Palestine and Sudan in our duas, you can help create a more informed, empathetic, and proactive workplace while standing in solidarity with those in need. It’s about blending our roles as professionals and as members of a global community, using our unique positions to make a positive impact.