Why should we care about equity?

In the modules dealing with sex, gender and diversity, we explored the ways in which these concepts act and interact in the lives of women and men, boys and girls and people who identify as neither or both. We saw that sex, gender and diversity influence how we see ourselves and how others see us, where we live, what we do and how easy it is for us to get and stay healthy.

Equity also has a role to play in our lives and experiences, including our health. In an ideal world, everyone would be healthy and have the same advantages they need to thrive, regardless of their sex, gender identity or sexual orientation, where they live, their level of education, income or ability. But we don’t live in an ideal world. Some people have social, economic or political advantages that make it easier to get and stay healthy, while other people do not have the same advantages or they are in some way excluded, and their health is consequently poorer.

It is important, therefore, to understand what equity is and how it affects health and well-being.

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  1. Define equity.
  2. Distinguish between equity and equality.
  3. Describe the role of power and privilege in equity.
  4. Assess the relationship between sex, gender, diversity and equity.

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