What is equality?

It’s not the “Politically Correct brigade”

It’s not about special treatment for some groups of people

It’s not about promoting minority groups

It’s not just another left-wing campaign

It’s not something that’s for ‘other’ people

It’s not about making us all the same

It’s not just about respecting diversity

It’s not just about legal protection

Equality is for everyone…

Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 1 is a good example of the spirit of equality:

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

The Scotland Act 1998 defines equality as:

The prevention, elimination or regulation of discrimination between persons on grounds of sex or marital status, on racial grounds, or on grounds of disability, age, sexual orientation, language or social origin, or of other personal attributes, including beliefs or opinions, such as religious beliefs or political opinions.

In the UK, equality law protects everyone from being discriminated against because of a protected characteristic.

In the context of this Programme, equality means actively working towards equality of opportunity and equality of outcome in order to provide better treatment and better outcomes for all. It means treating people as well as we can, within our power and according to their individual needs.

Back to Equality Key Concepts