Principle 3. Equal opportunities

European Pillar of Social Rights Principle 3. Equal opportunities. Regardless of gender, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation, everyone has the right to equal treatment and opportunities regarding employment, social protection, education, and access to goods and services available to the public. Equal opportunities of under-represented groups shall be fostered.

EPR believes it is important that equal opportunities are not reduced to the context of employment. Discrimination, stereotyping and prejudices against people with disabilities limit equal opportunities in society which are not always related to employment. To implement this principle EPR recommends the following issues are prioritised:

-Campaigns to combat discrimination, stereotyping and prejudices, involving people with disabilities and organisations working with them, should be supported.

-Actions to promote understanding of the social model of disability should be promoted, which helps decrease prejudices and discrimination.

-Inclusion of people with disabilities in all spheres of life must be addressed.

-Actions that show that individualised approaches to support in work and society can benefit all people should be put in place, not just those who might have a disability.

Examples of good practices that demonstrate and implement principle 3 of the EPSR include:

1. Por Talento

2. Cedar Foundation: Inclusion works 

3.TransitAction project

4. Inclusive Education Support for Students with Disabilities At Third Level.