What is Cultural Diversity?

Cultural Diversity is the existence of a variety of cultural groups within a society.

Cultural groups can share many different characteristics. They include:

Culture, religion, ethnicity, language, nationality, sexual orientation, class, gender, age, disability, health differences, geographic location and lots of other things.

In the youth field, diversity is often confused with inclusion but there are small differences between them and we believe, in many cases, a dual focus is required – not only including all young people but strengthening the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to fully accept, support and promote the differences in society. Inclusion of everyone ensures that all young people can take part and the focus on diversity ensures that everybody can take part on their own terms.

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