Discrimination and diversity

The Concise Oxford English Dictionary defines ‘discriminate’ as:

“Discriminate /diskrimminayt/ • verb 1 recognize a distinction. 2 make an unjust distinction in the treatment of different categories of people, especially on the grounds of race, sex, or age.”

In addition to these three well-established areas, this Programme looks at the whole range of protected characteristics, including issues of multiple discrimination.

In the context of this Programme, diversity is:
Recognising and respecting the visible and invisible differences between people.

Non-discrimination and promoting diversity are:
• Passive
• About ‘tolerating’ others
• Not effective ways to challenge discrimination or injustice

Equality is more than promoting diversity or non-discrimination
• Equality is actively changing things to ensure better outcomes for all
• Equality is about creating a culture of respect
• Equality within a human rights framework promotes better treatment of everyone

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