What is Cultural Diversity?

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Cultural diversity is related to the cultural differences we have in a country, a society or to be at large in the world. We can see cultural diversity through the different languages people talk, the different body languages people have, the different religions or through the different types of foods for example. But cultural diversity is also and simply people with a different age, sex, gender or different physical features.

It is great but above all necessary. It makes a country richer. Richer in creative minds and ideas. Cultural diversity leads on new thinking and solutions. People develop their human values and respect. Today, more and more companies try to hire people from different cultural backgrounds in order to create a cultural sensitivity and awareness. People from different cultural backgrounds also share different perspectives when it comes to brainstorming, which is for sure, valuable for all companies.

Cultural diversity also makes a place more “global” when it comes to economy. We need people who talk another language and have other points of view and backgrounds to work with us, and increase our global power and image. A foreign company can be more efficient when it comes to evaluate another country or to negotiate with clients in other countries if there are people working there from the country the company targets. Cultural diversity has become, with time, a strategy for most of the companies that want a global impact.

Cultural diversity makes the place we live in, much more interesting and moving. It’s a chance to have pieces of the world in our own country. As said in the article 1 of the universal declaration on cultural diversity established by UNESCO;

The common heritage of humanity Culture takes diverse forms across time and space. This diversity is embodied in the uniqueness and plurality of the identities of the groups and societies making up humankind. As a source of exchange, innovation and creativity, cultural diversity is as necessary for humankind as biodiversity is for nature. In this sense, it is the common heritage of humanity and should be recognized and affirmed for the benefit of present and future generations.

It is then obviously really valuable for people to travel, work abroad or merge themselves in new and different environments, in order to embrace that cultural diversity and to share new knowledge and ideas with others.

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