The following equity principles guide Agrigento’s work and act as expectations of those with whom we collaborate and support:
We acknowledge the struggles facing equity-seeking communities, and recognise our obligation to increase awareness and understanding if we are to support change.
We will make best efforts toward transparency, honesty and fairness in our efforts to correct the systems that perpetuate inequality, recognising that this might cause discomfort.
We will consult and engage with equity-seeking communities in an ethical manner that is aimed toward safeguarding rights and self-determination.
4. Recognition and Respect
We will recognise and demonstrate respect for the culture of equity-seeking communities and recompense communities for their participation and expertise.
We will make the necessary adjustments required to elevate and amplify the voices of equity-seeking communities.
Equity is an approach that seeks to correct the systems that perpetuate inequality for all people, but particularly those who carry the burden of contemporary and historic forms of marginalisation. As a process, equity demands the recognition of systems of biases that are embedded into the structures of society, institutions and organisations that create structural inequality.
Efforts toward equity focus on historically disadvantaged groups confronting barriers to full participation in society or facing other forms of discrimination or oppression. These equity-seeking communities will differ depending on social, political and geographic contexts, but will tend to include: people who have experienced displacement, migration, asylum seeking, or refugee settlement; Indigenous or First Nation people; people of colour; people who are culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD); LGBTQ+; or deaf/disability communities. In recognition of the intersectional nature of social identity (race, colour, gender) and visible and invisible difference (e.g., colour, physical disability, sexuality, mental illness), individuals may self-identify as belonging to one or more of these equity-seeking communities.