Equality is the awards winner

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PEOPLE who help to promote equality around the city were honoured at an awards night on Thursday.

Milton Keynes Equality Council hosted the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Equality Awards at the Open University and people were recognised for their efforts in working to fight discrimination and inequality.

Milton Keynes College was the biggest winner on the night winning the Diamond Award for Education and the Overall Diamond award.

The audience was entertained by students from the college with Danielle Nicholle singing Diamonds by Rihanna, and Gintare Geltyte who performed a dance routine of Our Day Will Come.

Tony O’Shea-Poon, Head of the Equality, Diversity and Information Right Team at the university, was the keynote speaker, thanking people for being there to ‘recognise the achievements of remarkable organisations’.

Navrita Atwal, chief executive of Milton Keynes Equality Council, said: “Equality is like the golden thread that should feed through all policies, services and practices within an organisation.

“Without equality, people can become victims of discrimination and suffer inequality. Through the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Equality Awards we are giving recognition to those who have embraced the equality agenda and made a noticeable difference.”

The judges made decisions based on how people or organisations achieved equality in the nine characteristics outlined in the Equality Act 2010 which are race and ethicity, age, gender, disability, religion or faith, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity.

For more information about Milton Keynes Equality Council call 01908 606224/606828 or visit the website at www,mkequalitycouncil.org.uk.