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Equality and diversity

Equality is about creating a fairer society where everyone can participate and has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. This is backed up by legislation and is often referred to as ‘Equal Opportunities’.

Diversity is about recognising and valuing difference in its widest sense. It means establishing a culture where difference is valued and respected for the benefit of the organisation and the individual.

The New Forest National Park Authority is committed to providing equal access to service and employment opportunities.

The Equality and Diversity strategy shows how we will ensure that we fully comply with our responsibilities in relation to all of the Protected Characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010.

There are nine Protected Characteristics which are: age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity.

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