Equity and Equality

Last week, I was doing a workshop for the manufacturing division of a large conglomerate. The topic was Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.

During the afternoon session, we were discussing equality and equity. Two similar sounding terms. Yet, so different in what they mean and the impact they can create.

Difference that could explain so many things in your work and in your life. Difference that could help you solve so many challenges. Like why some employees or some students perform better than the others. Despite the best of your efforts. And what you can do to make everyone perform to their potential.

Equality – People have or get the same things.

Equity – People get what they need to be successful. Not the exact same thing.

Because the starting point is not the same for everyone.

Illustrated in this picture by City for All Women Initiative (CAWI), Ottawa.

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