Thoughts on Equality in Articles

Today we live in the most progressive time there has ever been and thankfully many people nowadays realise that we are all born equal – That is to say that no race, gender, religion, sexuality, disability, age or anything else makes someone inferior to another. There have been huge advancements in society with the intention of protecting an individual’s rights and allowing people to both be themselves and express themselves the way they want to without repercussion. For example, here in Scotland we now have organisations such as Equality Network and LGBT Youth Scotland, which offer support as well as furthering activism for LGBT rights, the pay gap between men and women has been greatly reduced, and there are now employment equality regulations.

On the other hand, there is still so much work to be done globally. In the US, 42% of LGBT youth say the community in which they live is not accepting of LGBT people, LGBT youth are twice as likely as their peers to say they have been physically assaulted, kicked or shoved at school, And 92% of LGBT youth say they hear negative messages about being LGBT.

There is still an average 24% gap between men and women’s full-time salary in the UK – More than 40 years after the Equal Pay Act of 1970 was introduced.

 On top of this, In 2014/15, there were 52,528 hate crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales. And recently, some people (thankfully a minority) have used the UK’s Leave campaign as an excuse to spread their hatred of other nationalities and religions. There have been numerous reports of abusive messages spread and aimed at Polish and Muslim people.

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The question remains: How do we tackle this needless conflict? I believe that education is key. It must be a worldwide effort from every single person. Parents must discuss the futility of discrimination with children. Teachers must teach the positives of equality. Politicians must strive for equality. Activists must continue their great work. Everyone else must do as many of these as possible and lead by example.

It really is not difficult to be accepting of other people. Just treat others as you wish to be treated. You do not need to be targeted to stick up for those who are - Standing up for a person or a group who is being discriminated against is one of the most selfless things you can do. At the end of the day, we are all people.

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If you are struggling with discrimination or want to talk to someone you can phone the Young Scot Infoline on 0808 801 0338 which is open Monday to Friday 10am – 6pm. They offer support and can recommend other useful groups to get in contact with.

Sources and Further Reading

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/467366/hosb0515.pdf

http://www.hrc.org/youth-report/view-and-share-statistics

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/international-womens-day-2014-the-shocking-statistics-that-show-why-it-is-still-so-important-9177211.html