"Ladies and Gentlemen"? "Dear all"?
How do you write a text that is both inclusive and readable?
Many people would like to use more inclusive language, but often one is confronted with multiple approaches without finding real solutions to the problems that may arise in everyday life.
The CET - Centre for Equal Treatment, the Information and Documentation Centre - Fraen an Gender, and the CNFL - National Council of Women of Luxembourg have joined forces to develop a guide to answering this question.
The guide aims not to change grammatical or spelling rules or establish new universally applicable laws. "Inclusive" is not limited to masculine and feminine but goes beyond such binarity by explicitly considering all sexes and gender identities while respecting people's gendered self-perception.
This guide is limited to proposing an approach for the French language, but in a second phase, different versions for other languages are possible.
It is a living document for which all reactions and remarks are welcome: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published on 26 July 2022