‘Equality is ensuring individuals or groups of individuals are not treated differently or less favorably, on the basis of their specific protected characteristic, including areas of race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age.’ https://www.ed.ac.uk/equality-diversity/about/equality-diversity (accessed 12/09/2018). This suggests that we should treat individuals the way we would like to be treated and do not judge a book by its cover because of their lifestyle, ability or background. For example, an experience that happens around the world were all Muslims are labelled “terrorists” because of a small group of people (ISIS) that do unspeakable things and call themselves Muslims’, when in fact Islam is all about peace and that lead to a negative image on the whole of Islam. This experience taught me that we have to always stay positive and have a duty of protecting and not letting the negativity label us on who we are. This should be our priority. This clearly suggests that we should be treating everyone fairly, valuing everyone and providing every person with access to the same life opportunities as everyone else. Remember, do not judge a book by its cover.
‘Diversity is any dimension that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another. In a nutshell, it’s about empowering people by respecting and appreciating what makes them different, in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education, and national origin.’ http://www.globaldiversitypractice.co.uk/what-is-diversity-inclusion/ (accessed 12/09/2018). This suggests that we should value peoples’ differences and recognise that everyone is different and unique in their own way and have a diverse community. For example, a watched video about cultural diversity in a workplace: cultural diversity is a form of appreciating the differences in individuals. The differences can be based on gender, age, sex, ethnicity, social status and many more. Many companies have realized the value in acquiring a diverse workforce. This video taught me that we should respect and not fold out a negative aura because of one of these characteristics and that we should embrace the ethnicity or social status of an individual. That should be everyone’s priority. This clearly suggests that we should keep a positive mind and that we should respect and that we should value everyone’s opinions and differences.
‘The aim of inclusion is to embrace all people irrespective of race, gender, disability, medical or other need. It is about giving equal access and opportunities and getting rid of discrimination and intolerance (removal of barriers). It affects all aspects of public life.’ https://www.inclusion.me.uk/news/what_does_inclusion_mean (accessed 12/09/2018). This statement suggests that we should create a fair environment and to develop a positive sense of well-being. To get rid of the barriers and open a new path for everyone so they all have a chance to fulfil their full potential. For example,