Equality: Discrimination and Rights

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Equality diversity and rights relates to individuals being valued and appreciated regardless of their age, gender, disability, race, sexual orientation, social background, religion or pregnancy. ‘’Every individual has the right to live their life in the way they choose, as long as it doesn’t affect anyone else in a harmful way’’. People must not be discriminated against in any way people should contribute to creating a positive environment where discriminatory practices and discrimination no longer happen in healthcare premises. All healthcare settings should be delivering equality diversity and rights. (Rasheed, Elizabeth Irvine, Jo Hetherington, Alison, 11/2010)

Equality
This is about ensuring that people have equal opportunities in life and have a fair chance to fulfil their potential. Equality means treating people in a way that is appropriate for their needs. (www.youthden.com) Equality simply means individuals are entitled to be treated equally. People should have equal rights and opportunities. Certain people have different needs, therefore people are not treated the same, this is known as equality of outcome. In a health and social environment a service user may need more attention by the service provider than another patient. For example the service user may have a serious health issue compared to another service user and needs attended to more often.

Diversity
Diversity is about recognising and valuing individual differences and raising awareness about them. (www.portsmouth.gov.uk) Diversity means that every person is different from one another. Each person is unique. It’s the concept of acceptance and respect. Diversity includes age, gender, social background, family structure, disabilities or sexual orientation. There are many factors that promote diversity. For example, a service user from a different country who is unable to speak and understand the English language it is entirely up to the service providers to attend to their needs. The service user must understand their condition. Tolerance in Health and Social Care isn’t just about putting up with someone or something. Service providers may come across someone they know and don’t particularly get along with however they can’t in any way show that they dislike that person. They must act professionally at all times and must also respect service user’s beliefs and cultures. People from different countries bring their own skills and knowledge to other countries and set up their own businesses.

Benefits of diversity

There are many benefits of diversity. Social and cultural benefits include: Food, arts, cultural enrichments, tolerance education, social cohesion and language. The economic benefits of diversity includes: employment and expertise. We have such as a wide variety of cultures, skills and expertise which should mean that we have great opportunities to access new forms of treatment, care, learning and new experiences to meet our needs. (Rasheed, 2010) Examples of foods include: Chinese foods, Indian foods and Mexican foods. Education and Language: The most obvious benefit of diversity in schools is the teaching of various languages such as, Irish, Spanish, Italian, Latin, French and German and in some schools Chinese. This is a great benefit to society as students studying these languages will be encourage to visit the countries and then bring back different cultural beliefs

Social and cultural
Cultural enrichments involves in getting people to explore and experiment different types of foods from different backgrounds example Chinese or Indian foods. Ireland is associated with foods such as potatoes, bacon and Guinness. Foods from different countries are easily gotten. There are a wide range of supermarkets and different types of restaurants. In a health and social care setting, a choice of food for people shows respect towards diversity. Learning about other people’s culture may make people understand that we are...
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