Gender equality is the notion that men and women are similar; that they have common needs, interests, and priorities based on their humanity that should be treated equally via equal rights, freedoms, status, responsibilities, opportunities, access to resources and benefits, and control over them. Equality is understood to lead to an absence of discrimination.
Gender equity recognizes the differences between men and women depending on their biological sex, their gendered life experiences as well as their social distinctions / intersections. Consequently, men and women have to be treated equitably so as to ensure the fulfilment of these differing needs, interests and priorities. Equity is expected to provide for fairness and justice.
The Centre Gender Equity/Equality is founded on the simultaneous conceptualization of gender equity / equality. This means that both the similarities of men’s and women’s life experiences as well as the differences in their life experiences are taken into account in conceptualizations and discussions about gender.