Montag, September 24, 2007


multiple discrimination

I have spent the last 4 days in Brussels. Attending a series of meetings with MEPs, Institutions and Member organisation. Originally I went there though to attend the multiple discrimination seminar jointly organised by the Youth Forum alongside five other civil society platforms: the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA-Europe); the European Older Peoples’ Platform (AGE); the European Network Against Racism (ENAR); the European Disability Forum (EDF) and the European Women’s Lobby (EWL).

Around 50 participants will be attended this seminar aimed at raising awareness on multiple discrimination and addressing its main effects on youth. The event advocated for the development, at EU level, of a legal framework recognising the additional harm that multiple discrimination implies for victims. EU anti-discrimination law has evolved to include protection, in varying degrees and scope, for six grounds of discrimination (race, religion and belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability and age), but in a manner that addresses the grounds in isolation.

I enjoyed the seminar very much, not only because it was a high level and interesting debate, but also because I was attending it together with friends!

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