We at The SHE Mark strive to ensure that The SHE Mark’s services are accessible to people with disabilities. Accessibility of our operations and services is a core component of our operations and our values as a company, as we feel it would be insufficient to treat accessibility considerations as a last-minute tweak to an existing process. We are continuously learning about and engaging with inclusive technology and operations, and we do our best to make access to our services, media, and storefront inclusive of people with disabilities. We also believe that giving people with disabilities choices of how to interact with our services and media is the most effective way to operate inclusively and ensure consumers retain personal agency over their interactions with The SHE Mark.
Accessibility in our operations
The SHE Mark is constantly looking for ways to improve accessibility in our operations. Thus far, as a small core team, we have incorporated consideration of different life circumstances into our operations in myriad ways, such as:
By offering multiple ways through which to submit an application for SHE Certification; digital, PDF, and physical paper applications;
By offering multiple ways to schedule meetings with us: via email, via calendly, and via messaging software;
By offering video chat and voice chat meetings, on top of in-person meetings when possible; and
By including accessible text over any and all images and video uploaded to our core website, our SHE Certified community back end, our social media, and our e-commerce storefront (collectively, the “SHE Site”).
We plan to expand this list in the upcoming months to include variable meeting lengths beyond those ending at the half or full hour point, allowing a few minutes for those with additional needs to be considered between interactions.
Accessibility in our media
We are working to incorporate accessibility considerations into all media output by The SHE Mark, whether through the SHE Site, through social media, or otherwise. One way we do this is, as mentioned above, by coding all images with accessibility text. We also include captions for any spoken content in audiovisual media, and we use CamelCase for any hashtags or other tags when we post on social media or on the SHE Site.
Accessibility on the SHE Site
The SHE Mark is invested in ensuring that its website and any other digital postings or offerings are made easier to use and more accessible for people with disabilities, with the strong belief that every person has the right to live with dignity, equality, comfort, and independence.
The SHE Site makes available the UserWay Website Accessibility Widget that is powered by a dedicated accessibility server. The software allows The SHE Mark to improve its compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1) by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
Enabling the Accessibility Menu
The accessibility menu included on the SHE Site can be enabled by clicking the accessibility menu icon that appears on the corner of the page. After triggering the accessibility menu, please wait a moment for the accessibility menu to load in its entirety.
The SHE Mark continues its efforts to constantly improve the accessibility of the SHE Site and its services in the belief that it is our collective moral obligation to allow seamless, accessible, and unhindered use also for those of us with disabilities.
Despite our efforts to make all pages and content on the SHE Site fully accessible, some content may not have yet been fully adapted to the strictest accessibility standards. This may be a result of not having found or identified the most appropriate technological solution.
Here For You
If you are experiencing difficulty with any content on the SHE Site, require assistance with any part of our site, or have any additional feedback with regards to the site's accessibility, please contact us during normal business hours as detailed below and we will be happy to assist.
If you wish to report an accessibility issue, have any questions or need assistance, please contact The SHE Mark as follows:
This accessibility statement was last updated as of January 20, 2023.
Employment rates for women with disabilities are both lower than those of men with disabilities and those of women without disabilities. Data for 51 countries shows that only 20% of women with disabilities are employed compared with 53% of men with disabilities and 30% of women without disabilities.
United Nations: UN Women, Making the SDGs Count for Women and Girls with Disabilities, (2019).