What is Equality?
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 1 defines equality thus:
"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."
and the Scotland Act 1998:
"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."
What it's NOT
It's not the "Politically Correct brigade"
It's not about giving special preference / treatment to or promoting minority groups
It's not just an issue for left-wingers and minority groups
It's not about making us all the same or just about respecting diversity
It's not just about the 6 "protected" strands which are Age, Gender, Disability, Sexual Orientation, Religion and Race.
Equality in Accessing Information
Making sure that the information you provide is accessible to everyone has a number of benefits for voluntary, community and social economy organisations as well as your volunteers and service users. Below is a range of resources that can be used by your organisation to help achieve this.
All of our resources are free to download from our website. However if you would like us to send information to you please contact us with your details.
Making Information Accessible
Making Emails Accessible
Making Word Documents Accessible
Making Websites Accessible
Equality in the Workplace
Click on the links below for information for employees, employers and volunteers who want to know their rights in relation to employment and volunteering.
Double Tick Scheme
Access to Work Guide
'Family Friendly' Rights
Sample Equal Opportunities Policy
OCG Guidance on Equality & Procurement
Equality & Human Rights
Human Rights are by definition the basic entitlements someone can expect in a civilised society. Human rights are fundamental to who we are and what we do. It is really important that organisations grasp the principles of human rights and embed them into their services.
One of the best ways to maintain human rights is to recall the FREDA principles on which the Human Rights Act is based - Fairness, Respect, Equality, Dignity and Autonomy.
Mainstreaming Equalities Checklist
Equality Impact Assessment. What is it?
An ongoing process/tool for ensuring that equality is mainstreamed, for example by:
- Highlighting equality issues
- Highlighting potential differential impacts of specific actions
- Ensuring that everyone's need have been considered and balanced
Any activity, decision or policy which might have an impact (positive or negative) on somebody should be subject to an Equality Impact Assessment. An Equality Impact Assessment should however not be seen as an end in itself!
Ten Steps to Equality Impact Assessments
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