What points can be included in a summary
What points can be included in a summary of legislation, policies and procedures relating to equality, diversity and inclusivity that affect practice in your setting?
Equality refers to an equality of opportunities, such that protected fragments of the society are assured the same access as everyone else. Now, in practice, this can actually be interpreted in many ways. In the context of inclusion, equality can come to mean an elimination of discrimination practices, psychological, physical, and opportunity-wise. However, this combination of ideas does not quite capture the core issue at hand. In other words, what is crucial here is that equality and inclusivity aim to bring people vastly different from each other together. This difference can be cultural, physical, ideological, and so on. It is important, when making a policies and procedures to ensure inclusive educational spaces to keep in mind the essential differences that constitute people. It will, therefore, not do to simply equalize and erase difference in the name of equality. A wholesome application of the ideal of equality must account for difference. A truly equal, inclusive, and diverse space will allow people to keep and affirm their differences, while also enjoying solidarity with the bigger community. So, legislation and policies must reflect this inherent sense of solidarity that is not formed despite differences, but with full awareness of difference. Legislation and policy should thus be equipped to protect those freedom of expression, and affirmation of identity (including all the baggage that comes with it, like centuries of disadvantage).
Discrimination manifests in increasingly subtle ways. Victimisation of the disadvantaged, for instance, is a reverse discrimination that further alienates them. So policies and procedures must be equipped to identify subtle mechanisms of discrimination. For this to be effective, it might be necessary to enforce codes of conduct that also grant some responsibility to non-participants in the discriminative act to bring it to public notice if they happen to witness.