duminică, 9 ianuarie 2011

”For Diversity. Against Discrimination” - an EU campaign

GEYC supports ”For Diversity. Against discrimination” - an European Commission campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness of discrimination and increase understanding of the EU laws which exist to protect us all. It also strives to generate debate on the themes of diversity and discrimination and in particular on how people in Europe stand to gain from greater equality.
The campaign is run by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities and is funded through PROGRESS, the EU's employment and social solidarity programme.
The campaign’s work focuses on the five grounds of discrimination which are covered by two EU Directives:
  • The Employment Equality Directive protects everyone in the EU from discrimination based on age, disability, sexual orientation and religion or belief in the workplace
  • The Racial Equality Directive prohibits discrimination on the grounds of racial or ethnic origin in the workplace as well as in other areas of life such as education, social security, healthcare and access to goods and services
Measures to combat discrimination based on a person’s gender are covered by other EU initiatives funded through PROGRESS.

Aims of the campaign

The campaign aims to raise awareness of discrimination and increase understanding of the EU laws which exist to protect us all. It also strives to generate debate on the themes of diversity and discrimination and in particular on how people in Europe stand to gain from greater equality.
Through its activities, the campaign works to convey the message to as many people as possible that a diverse Europe is something to be valued, and that a life free from discrimination is a fundamental right in the EU. In addition it aims to inform and empower people to combat discrimination wherever they see it in their everyday lives.

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