Towards Equal Treatment: Awareness Raising and Multi-Level Empowerment of the Civil Society and Public Actions in the Field of Anti-Discrimination

Supported by: supported by the European Community Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity – PROGRESS (2007 – 2013)

Project span: 01/12/2007 – 30/11/2008

Project team: Oľga Gyarfášová, Zora Bútorová, Jarmina Filadelfiová, Martina Sekulová

Co-organizing institutions: Občan a demokracia, Partners for Democratic Change, Hlava 98

Main aim of the project is through multilevel approaches tackle the particularities of each of the grounds from different sides and will enable the relevant stakeholders to set up strategies for elimination of discrimination on these particular grounds. The overall methodology of project will lie in integrated and interdisciplinary approach to the equal treatment principle i.e. in the context of legal, sociological, psychological and wider societal aspects. Activities aimed at increasing awareness will play an important role. The individual activities will be complementary to each other, will communicate and reinforce each other.

The team consists of experts from the fields of law, public policy, psychology, sociology, education and communication. The lead partner Obcan a demokracia will responsible for the activities focused on NGOs and some other specific target groups and for organizing the summer school; Institute for Public Affairs will be responsible for all research and evaluation activities and the conference; PDCS – trainings and conference and Hlava 98 for all campaign-related activities.

The pillars of multilevel approaches in raising awareness and providing support to anti-discrimination efforts that will be reflected in the project activities will be the following:

1. Finding out about the particularities of each of the grounds in the standardized research, accompanying research, expert interviews etc.

2. Raising awareness about the specificities of the grounds, removing stereotypes and sensitizing the general public as well as key players

3. Educating and empowering all stakeholders about the means of protection against discrimination

4. Developing new innovative approaches as regards the ways to implement the duty promote equality and committing the responsible actors to them

5. Sharing information, experience and good practice gained within the project nation and Europewide.

The project will, however, not focus on the above listed ground in an isolated way but will take into consideration the particularities and regularities of multiple discrimination. The project will therefore also continuously bear in mind the gender perspective and will mainstream it’s through all its goals, approaches and activities.

* More information about Progress Programme

The project is supported by the European Community Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity – PROGRESS (2007 – 2013).

The Decision no 1672/2006 establishing a Community programme for employment and social solidarity – PROGRESS was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council on 24 October 2006 and published in OJ on 15. November 2006. Its overall aim is to support financially the implementation of the objectives of the European Union in the employment and social affairs area as set out in the Social Agenda and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Lisbon Strategy goals in these fields.

PROGRESS mission is to strengthen the EU contribution in support of Member States commitments and efforts to create more and better jobs and to build a more cohesive society. To that effect, PROGRESS:

  • provide analysis and policy advice on PROGRESS policy areas;
  • monitors and reports on the implementation of EU legislation and policies in PROGRESS policy areas;
  • promotes policy transfer, learning and support among Member States on EU objectives and priorities;
  • relays the views of the stakeholders and society at large.

The seven-year Programme targets all stakeholders who can help shape the development of appropriate and effective employment and social legislation and policies, across the EU-27, EFTA-EEA, Croatia, Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia and EU candidate countries and Serbia.

For more information see: http://ec.europa.eu/employment_social/progress/intro_en.htm.

Related links: www.diskriminacia.sk

The project reflects the authors view and that the Commission is not liable for any use that may by made of the information contained therein.

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