Social Justice

What is equity then? It is not what is considered in finance ownership in a company, as some may think. Equity in the social context is basic fairness, and this is what can help us to get to the state of equality and inclusion. Equity is not the same as equality, the latter means that everyone has access to the same rights regardless of their background, whereas the latter implies that responsibilities should be expected based on natural abilities of a person, taking into account their limitations. It is social justice.

Every one of us has different body abilities and limitations. When critics of gender equality refuse to help women, for example, to lift or carry a heavy thing, they support their attitude with a notion of equal rights = equal responsibilities. But is it fair?

Let’s see another example – a much older and experienced man doesn’t have as much muscle strengths as a younger one. Would a younger man expect him to move a heavy object? Basic politeness would dictate that a young man does it. But does it automatically imply that the young man doesn’t treat the elder as equal? In the end, the older man has much more experience! In the face of access to rights, both men have equal opportunities, but from an equity standpoint, their responsibilities (or what is expected of them) are different.

The same is true for women. Equity implies that women are expected to have responsibilities which they can bear. The confusion of equality and behaving politely, a social etiquette that gets tarnished by critics of equality, these are all signs of slower progress. It is time to understand that being equal in terms of rights does not imply that all of us should have a universal set of responsibilities. People who use this as an excuse for undignified behavior should be ashamed.

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