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OH Talks: Meet Dina for International Women's Day #InspireInclusion

At Ottoman Hands, we happen to be an all-women team from around the globe. Today and everyday, we’re dedicated to Inspiring Inclusion and envisioning a gender-equal world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. Join us as we engage with remarkable women from our community to hear their stories and experiences with inclusion firsthand.

Meet friend of the brand, Dina Macki, an award-winning author, food presenter and writer.


Dina is wearing the Aylin Gold Hoop Earrings


1. What does inclusion mean to you?

People wanting me to be there, not feeling like they have to have me there to meet expectations. I think we see inclusion as making sure we literally include every single person, no matter if it makes sense or not just to look like we are doing our job correctly, but I think it's more about someone recognising you for you and what you do, seeing your worth and realising they must include you as you are the right fit. 


2. What has been your experience with inclusion far?

It's very up and down, there are many times I'm included to meet a quota, but sometimes I feel I need to say yes to it, just so I can give exposure to those who are like me or identify in a similar way. More recently, I feel I'm included because people see my value, insight and hard work which honestly makes me feel incredible and then gives me even more drive to more and do better. 


3. What would you like to see brands do more when it comes to inclusion?

Do their research! Actually think outside the box, look to the people who are actually part of the conversation they are trying to have. They need to stop being scared and safe and just trust. I'm Middle Eastern but yet so many times they will pick Europeans to talk about the cuisine I am knowledgeable about instead of asking me, it's almost as if I don't exist or aren't qualified to talk about my own identity. 


Follow Dina @dinewithdina


This International Women's Day, we are proud to be supporting Brighton Women’s Centre. 
10% of every order on 8th March 2024 will be donated to BWC, who have been supporting self-identifying women in Sussex for over 45 years. 
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