As global health communicators, we intentionally use certain words and phrases to convey the value of work, share important learnings, engage our audiences, and advocate for change. Language plays an outsize role in shaping how our work is perceived, and the nature of the work itself. Language influences culture, shifts power dynamics, and drives social change.
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The words we choose and the language we use have the power to affect the people and the world around us. Our words represent our beliefs, morals, prejudices, and principles—sometimes in ways we may not mean—and can shape an audience’s perceptions of us as well as the issues about which we speak and write. And, our failure or refusal to speak or write certain words—intentional or not—sends similar messages.
As a sexual and reproductive health and rights organization, determining how we communicate about complex topics that are at the crux of our work is crucial. In this piece, our Principal Writer and Editor, Amy Agarwal, discusses lessons learned from her experience developing organizational language guidance over the past year.