We believe that a good and strong society is a just and inclusive one. One where we are free from harm and can all contribute and flourish, whoever we are, whatever we believe in and whatever we do and don’t have. A society that is equally ours.

What we do

A robust evidence base, achievable policy solutions and more compassionate public attitudes are inextricably linked in achieving social change.

Through our members and networks, we join up research, policy and communications to shift public opinion and policy in positive and powerful ways.

Our current strategic priorities are:

  • protecting and advancing equality and human rights after Brexit
  • improving hate crime policy and practice
  • developing new narratives around equality and human rights.

You can read more about our priorities in our 2016-2020 strategy (pdf).

You can find out about our team and our funders.

And if you’d like to know even more about us, here’s our latest annual report (pdf).

What we stand for

We’re collaborative. We welcome the experiences and views of everyone, and find common ground. This collective and cohesive voice is our greatest strength. 

We’re informed. We draw on research and the expertise and experience of our networks to understand what’s getting in the way of progress and to find solutions. 

We’re progressive. We work across lines to explore new ground and address difficult issues. Everything we do is about creating a just and inclusive society.

We’re confident. Our shared purpose, experience and expertise give us the confidence to do what we set out to do.

Our story

Where we started

Equally Ours (previously the Equality and Diversity Forum) started out in 2002 as a pan-equality meeting of experts to discuss proposals to create a single statutory equality body to replace the then Equal Opportunities Commission, Commission for Racial Equality and Disability Rights Commission.

From that first meeting we grew to be an influential network that successfully made the case for improving protections for everyone, resulting in the Equality Act 2010 – the biggest single shake-up of the UK’s equality laws.

Protecting and promoting rights

We set up our Research Network in 2010 to support evidence-based policy making. Since then, we’ve defended the Equality Act 2010 and Human Rights Act 1998 from attack on numerous occasions, and have been working hard to make sure that leaving the EU doesn’t result in reduced rights.

We’ve been instrumental in changing the terms of the equality and human rights debate, using constructive dialogue and collaboration to improve national policy and help people use their rights in practical ways.

We were one of the first adopters of strategic communications in the UK, establishing a ground-breaking initiative to help people see the relevance of human rights in their everyday lives.

Equally Ours today

Our members are still core to who we are and what we do and, to this day, we remain the only UK-wide pan-equality and human rights organisation in the UK – speaking powerfully with one voice on issues of common interest.

Our vision is to make a reality of equality and human rights in everyone’s lives.