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Equality links History, Identity and Democracy together. Equality does not mean that everyone has to be the same or think the same. It is a principle about how we treat each other respectfully, inclusively and fairly in modern peaceful democratic society.

What does the law say on Equality?
Northern Ireland has many equality laws. Since the Equal Pay Act in 1970 there have been about 14 important laws made to make sure that people from a wide range of identities are treated fairly in access to jobs, training, education and service delivery.

Many of the laws give rights to ensure you are not discriminated against because of things about your identity like being a man or woman; being gay or straight; being Catholic, Protestant, Muslim; being black, white, or Irish Traveller; or having a disability or not.

In 1999 the Equality Commission was set up to promote help people understand and stand up for their rights. It can give free, confidential advice if you think you may have suffered unlawful discrimination. Their legal section receives over 3,000 queries each year.



   
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