Gender Equity – Ensuring fairness and basic equal rights to women and men. To ensure fairness, actions must often be taken to compensate for historical and social disadvantages that prevent women and men from otherwise operating on a level playing field. Equity can lead to equality.
Gender Equality – The equal valuing by society of both the similarities and differences between women and men, and the equal valuing of the varying roles that women and men play. Gender equality allows women and men to enjoy the same status with equal conditions for realizing their full human rights and potential to contribute to national, political, economic, social and cultural development, and to benefit from the results.