Why mainstream equality & human rights?

  • To meet legal and ethical obligations
  • Ensures equality & human rights aren’t sidelined, forgotten or seen as a specialist concern
  • Recognises multiple of identity and helps address multiple discrimination
  • Improves social justice and inclusion
  • Focuses minds on equality/human rights/inclusion issues from the outset
  • Increases openness and accountability through increased participation
  • Ensures equality considerations are central to the development and delivery of policy and services
  • Demonstrates evidence of need for targeted services
  • Makes services more flexible and responsive to people’s needs
  • Tackles the structural factors which lie behind discrimination and disadvantage
  • Because inequality and discrimination still exist

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