Equality and Diversity

Legislation that covers Equality and Diversity.

The Equality Act 2010: which promotes equal opportunity for all, giving every individual (regardless of age, race, religion or belief, gender(inc. reassignment), sexual orientation, disability, marital status) the chance to achieve their potential, free from prejudice and discrimination.

To be diverse means to be different, therefore diversity literally means the state of being different. The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect, recognizing that each individual is unique and embracing that uniqueness which may or may not be visible.

Equality is the state of being equal, especially in status, rights or opportunities (Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary.) It is about ensuring that every individual regardless of their diversity has a fair and equal access to care and services, an equal opportunity to make the most of their lives.

Inclusion is about positively striving to meet the needs of different individuals and take deliberation actions to create environments where everyone feels respected and able to make the most of their lives.

Possible effects of Discrimination
Discrimination is the exclusion or restriction of any individual(s) of a group from opportunities available to other groups. The possible effects of discrimination can be different for different individuals, these effects can be emotional, physical or even a combination of both. Some of these effects are:
• Depression
• Stress/anxiety
• Feeling isolated or being withdrawn
• Increased behaviour problems
• Difficulty in communicating
• Fear
• Deterioration of health
• Weight gain/loss
• Sleeplessness
• Ulcers
• Poor appetite or a distinct change in eating habits
• Lack of energy

How can you challenge discrimination to encourage change and reduce the possibility of discrimination in your workplace?