What is Pluralism?

Diversity in society is a universal fact; how societies respond to diversity is a choice. Pluralism is a positive response to diversity. Pluralism involves taking decisions and actions, as individuals and societies, that are grounded in respect for diversity.

Diversity is not a burden to be endured, but an opportunity to be welcomed.

HIS HIGHNESS THE AGA KHAN
HARVARD UNIVERSITY, NOVEMBER 2015

We are living an historic moment of urgency for pluralism. Societies worldwide are being challenged to address issues of injustice, inequality and exclusion. When societies commit to becoming more just, peaceful and prosperous by respecting diversity and addressing systemic inequality, the impacts can be transformational. When the dignity of every individual is recognized, everyone feels they belong. We are all better off, for generations to come.

A wide range of disciplines are involved in promoting pluralism including legal reform, human rights, democracy promotion, social cohesion, diversity and inclusion, education, ethnic relations, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, migration and integration, etc. 

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