What is Diversity?
Diversity means understanding that each individual person is unique and recognising, empowering, respecting and appreciating all our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.
SHRG- Diversity and Pluralism
The Sikh Human Rights Group (SHRG) promotes pluralism, environmental sustainability, diversity, human rights and responsibilities. It is based on Sikh philosophy. With emphasis on pluralism SHRG champions good intentions and diverse approaches in different civilisations, cultures and Peoples.
All human beings and communities co-existing with dignity and in harmony with each other and with nature and with the cosmos as taught by Sikhi. Therefore, SHRG promotes the principles of Sikh philosophy in the fields of voluntary sector activities, research and human rights work through projects and by supporting, funding and working in partnership with other organisations and individuals regardless of their belief, religion, race or nationality.
For SHRG we put a lot of emphasis on the importance of Pluralism when looking at Diversity. Pluralism is the recognition and affirmation of diversity within an organisation, which is seen to permit the peaceful coexistence of different interests, convictions, and lifestyles. We at SHRG believe diversity extends further than tolerating one another’s differences but is living in peaceful co-existence with each other and celebrating what makes us different.
SHRG work on Diversity with the United Nations
All human beings and communities co-existing with dignity and in harmony with each other and with nature. SHRG strives to achieve Diversity by encouraging International bodies such as the UN to use language that is inclusive of all and inspires co-existence rather than mere tolerance. SHRG believes that there is tendency, amongst the international human rights community and prominent international organisations such as the United Nations, towards universalising ethical values and attempting to form Conventions, Treaties, Regulations and Agreements on the basis of assuming a universal set of collective values.
The SHRG is working on the United Nations Declaration on Diversity, this idea was formed during the run up to the UN World Conference Against Racism in Durban, 2001. SHRG started with the proposition that Racial Parity is pointless without Cultural Parity; this was then taken up by a number of countries. Cultural diversity became a big issue and major component of the Durban Declaration and Plan of action. The Declaration represents the commitments arising from the complex global dialogue which took place. It addresses past manifestations as well as contemporary forms of racial discrimination. The Programme of Action is a roadmap illustrating how the international community will follow up on these commitments. It indicates the steps to be taken to put an end to racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and to prevent their future occurrence.
To promote the principles of Sikh philosophy in the fields of voluntary sector activities, research and human rights work through projects and by supporting, funding and working in partnership with other organisations and individuals regardless of their belief, religion, race or nationality.
To learn more about pluralism please see SHRG current work on the Environment or SHRG World Views of Nature Project.
The following are conventions and declarations that are of interest to Diversity
To access the UN conventions and Treaties on various forms of diversity click here, or have a look at a few that are listed below: are on this page and some sited below
• Discrimination (Employment) Convention 1958 • International Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Racial discrimination • Declaration on Race and Racial prejudice • Convention Against Discrimination in Education • Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and Discrimination Based on Religion and Belief • Report of the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance • UN Principles for Older People • Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity • Optional Protocol to the Convention on the elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women • UN Women