Cross-Cutting Strategy #2: Social inclusion and equity

The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion (1986) tells us that “Health is created by caring for oneself and others, by being able to make decisions and have control over one’s life circumstances, and by ensuring that the society one lives in creates conditions that allow for the attainment of health by all its members…” In other words, social inclusion and equity are critical foundations for healthy youth and healthy communities.

Regardless of where youth live, or their sex, race, ethnic background, religion, sexual orientation, mental or physical health status, social inclusion and equity mean that all youth can:

  • live comfortably and successfully transition into adulthood, with access to education, employment, health care, decent housing, food, and clean water
  • feel like they belong to their community and are valued and respected
  • have opportunities to realize their full potential
  • take part in their community and broader society

Visit the Toolbox tools for resources to promote social inclusion and equity.

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