Visiting a Wrexham Mosque, Jane Hutt invited the people of Wales to give their views on what changes are needed from the Welsh Government to help break down any barriers in their everyday lives.
The six-month drive will help the Welsh Government to implement the Welsh specific equality duties, which came into force last year. Under the duties a wide range of public services like schools, colleges, GP clinics and council leisure centres have to treat everyone fairly and make themselves accessible.
The Welsh Government is asking the people of Wales for examples of when their gender, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, age, being pregnant, or being disabled or transgender has ever made a difference to how they’ve been treated when going about their everyday lives.
Minister Jane Hutt said:
"We want to hear from the people of Wales about any experiences they’ve had because of who they are. This could be anything from difficulty making a doctor’s appointment to feeling safe when out and about at night. We want to identify what we can do as a Government to make Wales a fairer and more inclusive country."
The Welsh Government is talking to people and organisations over the next six months about their experiences. This will inform the objectives it sets itself in April 2012 to ensure the way it governs has the greatest possible impact on making society fairer.