Equality and Diversity
Everyone should have the same chances to do what they can but some people may need extra help to get the same chances.
The Equality Act and many other kinds of equality work will make Britain a more fair and equal place for everyone.
Equality is right for many reasons
- People enjoy life more if they are treated fairly.
- The country is richer because each and every person can do what they are best at.
- It is easier for people to live side by side and get on with each other if everyone is treated fairly.
Dumfries and Galloway Community Planning public sector partners share a common legal and moral obligation to work together to challenge the barriers that people face arising from discrimination and disadvantage.
We are all required by law to:
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation or any other prohibited conduct
- Advance equality of opportunity by having due regard to:
- removing or minimising disadvantage
- meeting the needs of particular groups that are different from the needs of others
- encouraging participation in public life
- Foster good relations - tackle prejudice, promote understanding
We recognise that each partner can contribute to this agenda. The equality legislation breaks all of us down into 9 Protected Characteristics (see below).
The 9 Protected Characteristics are:
- Gender reassignment / Trans gender identity
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sex / Gender
- Sexual orientation
You can view how our main partners are achieving this agenda by visiting the following links to their website.
- Dumfries and Galloway College
- Dumfries and Galloway Council
- Dumfries and Galloway Multicultural Association
- Dumfries and Galloway Interfaith Group
- LGBT Plus
- LGBT Youth Scotland
- NHS Dumfries and Galloway
- Police Scotland
- Scotland's Rural College - Barony Campus
- Scottish Enterprise
- Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
The Equality and Diversity Working Group co-ordinates the equality and diversity work in Dumfries and Galloway. It has representatives from public sector and community groups representing the different Protected Characteristics.
Awareness Days Calendar 2023
The Equality and Diversity Working Group have put together a calendar of awareness days, you can view this here:
Public Sector Equality Outcomes
Dumfries and Galloway College
D&G Council, Education Authority and Licensing Board EOs 2021-2025
NHSD&G and Health and Social Care Partnership Equality Outcomes 2021-25
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
Scottish Rural Agricultural College
University of Glasgow
University of West of Scotland
Other Relevant Links
- The Equality and Human Rights Commission
- Scottish Human Rights Commission
- Equality Act 2010
- The Government Equality Office
- Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service
- IDEA: Legislation at a Glance
Related links for Protected Characteristics
SEX / GENDER
- Scottish Women's Convention
- Fawcett Society's
- Scottish Transgender Alliance
- Equality Network
- ACAS Gender Identity
GENDER REASSIGNMENT / TRANSGENDER IDENTITY
MARRIAGE AND CIVIL PARTNERSHIP
PREGNANCY AND MATERNITY
- Black and Ethnic Minority Infrastructure in Scotland (BEMIS)
- ACAS Guidance on Race Equality
- Dumfries and Galloway Multi-cultural Association
RELIGION OR BELIEF