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Why mainstream equality & human rights?

  • To meet legal and moral obligations
  • Ensures equality & human rights aren’t sidelined, forgotten or is seen as a specialist concern but are an issue for everyone
  • Recognises multiplicity 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 & accountability through increased participation
  • Provides a tool that ensures equality considerations are central to the development and delivery of policy and services
  • Demonstrates evidence of need
  • Makes services that are more flexible & responsive and meet peoples needs more effectively
  • As a process it tackles the structures in society which contribute to, or sustain, discrimination and disadvantage and tackles institutional discrimination
  • Because inequality and discrimination still exist


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