Equity is an easy concept to agree with. By definition, equity is simply the principle that “everyone is treated fairly according to their needs.” Equity means that everyone gets what they need to live a healthy, safe, successful life, and it’s one of the cornerstones of the DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) framework that is used to promote justice and reduce discrimination.
But although equity is an easy concept to get behind, when it comes to applying it in everyday life, many people find themselves at a loss. If you find yourself in a similar position—or if you’re looking for new ideas—here are a few ideas for how to promote equity in your daily life:
Start with Some Reflection
A key component of practicing equity and being inclusive is recognizing the inequalities that are inherent in the way our world works. By identifying your own privilege, you will have a better idea of the power you hold and how to empower other people around you who may be at a disadvantage.
Use Your Voice
Your voice is one of the most powerful tools you possess. Use yours to promote equity by saying something when you hear someone else making hurtful or disrespectful comments about other people, or use your voice as a consumer to call out businesses and organizations on inequities they might be perpetuating. Moreover, an important part of using your voice is knowing when to stay silent. Sometimes, equity means listening, or calling attention to someone else who might not have had a chance to speak.
Real change in health equity and other areas of systemically embedded inequalities means doing what you can to influence policies and institutions. Leverage your vote in favor of legislation and policymakers who are committed to social equity, and look for ways you can support organizations that are working toward positive change.
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