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August 24th 2016

Awareness Raising Campaign

Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity has no place in our society, but for many people in Europe, it is a daily reality.
The European Commission is standing against discrimination, against prejudice and against hate.
We’re showing Europe that no matter who we love or who we are, we all share the same dreams!

Why the campaign?

The 2015 Eurobarometer on discrimination shows that almost 60% of EU citizens see discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity as widespread.

According to a recent study by the European Fundamental Rights Agency, two-thirds of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) people, conceal their sexual orientation or gender identity. The vast majority of participants recall harassment against LGBTI students during their time in school. Many describe school as "hell." 91% say they witnessed students being poorly treated just because they were perceived as gay. Half of all respondents avoid certain places – public buildings, squares or public transportation – for fear of being harassed, threatened or attacked on account of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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About the Campaign

To tackle discrimination against LGBTI people in the EU the Commission has put forward the ’List of actions to advance LGBTI equality’, including a communication campaign to improve the social acceptance of LGBTI people. The Council of the European Union has adopted Council Conclusions on LGBTI Equality for the first time in June 2016, supporting the Commission activities in this area.

The campaign features LGBTI and straight people sharing the same dreams. The campaign focuses on the things that unite us rather than divide us and underlines that hopes and dreams are universal to us all.

The European Commission has created promotional materials – like the video and visuals published on this webpage that are being shared across Europe.

Check the EC webpage for their social media toolkit, factsheet and campaign visuals (including translations in other EU languages other than English).


For more information about the EU campaign, please visit

Poland: For our and your old age! Let’s talk about the Convention on the rights of older persons

June 3rd 2016

This Campaign aims to encourage a broad social debate on the assumptions of the international legal act protecting the rights of older persons and prepare a report with conclusions from debates organized at the local level.

On April 29, 2016 Adam Bodnar, Polish Commissioner for Human Rights – independent National Equality Body, initiated the campaign ’For our and your old age! Let’s talk about the Convention on the rights of older persons’. He did this on the occasion of the European Day of Solidarity between Generations in order to bring scholars, senior environments, non-governmental organizations and local administration’s attention to work conducted at the UN Forum, related to developing the draft of Convention.


Actions taken and planned as part of the Campaign include:

  • providing information on UN work on the issue (i.e. UN Open Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG), United Nations Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by the older persons, (UNECE));
  • initiating discussions at the governmental level;
  • initiating local debates;
    The Campaign’s duration and its schedule is interrelated with the rhythm of OEWG work.

As part of the actions for the Convention, the Commissioner submitted a letter to the Polish Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy in which he expressed his support for work on the document. He also requested information on the Polish stand on the planned Convention. In response, the Commissioner received an explanation that, according to the Ministry, the development of the Convention on the rights of older persons is pointless because the valid acts of international law protect basic human rights and the age of people itself cannot be a direct premise to create special protection.

The Commissioner will continue the discussion on the planned Convention on the rights of the older persons.


By 24 May 2016, 53 partners declared their participation in the Campaign, including 2 MPs, 14 non-governmental organizations, 14 universities for the third age, 5 local administration senior councils and others. The total number of members of organizations that declared participation is estimated to be nearly 10 000 people.

Further Information

For further information on the campaign (in Polish), click here.

The most important information related to the Campaign will also be disseminated via a newsletter in English. Please subscribe here.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Anna Chabiera

Germany: Day of Action against Gender Discrimination

May 11th 2016

Gleiches Recht. Jedes Geschlecht. (Equal Rights. Every Gender)

As part of their‘Year against Gender Discrimination’ the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA) organized the Day of Action on 16 September 2015 in Berlin to raise awareness for gender discrimination. 20 national organizations which actively work for the equal treatment of all gender took part in this event - among them were trade unions, LGBTIQ-organizations and women’s associations. The motto of the year “Equal Rights. Every Gender” was also the theme of the day. Some nationwide well-known personalities accepted the invitation to be part of the Day of Action against gender discrimination, including the former mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, the former president of the German Bundestag Rita Süssmuth, the entrepreneur Bea Knecht, the musician Sookee and the international artist Ennio Marchetto.

Parts of the official programme were a discussion between prominent guests about the steps to equal treatment of all gender, musical acts and a theater performance. Key topics were the gender pay gap, sexual harassment and the rights of inter* and trans* gender people. The guests of the Day of Action were able to gather information and engage in talks with the above mentioned national organizations. These were present with booths in a ‘market of ideas’ around the main stage. The exchange between the organizations and the public visitors was an essential part of the event.

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The Day of Action was the climax of the ‘Year against Gender Discrimination’ of FADA, and had the intention to raise awareness about many forms of gender discrimination.

More information

Follow the following links for videos and posters linked to the event:

"Focus Year" and "Admission to Clubs": Germany’s responses to discrimination

March 18th 2016

The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency from Germany highlights some of its work on combating discrimination on the grounds of race or ethnic origin.

Focus Year 2014: Combating discrimination on grounds of race or ethnic origin

The campaign of the Focus Year 2014, in German "Gleiche Chancen. Immer.", covered the topic of racially-motivated discrimination. There are different expressions of everyday racism. Clear discrimination in apartment-hunting or job-seeking, racial profiling by the police and anti-minority racist speech are typical examples of racist discrimination. The German Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA) strives for the equal treatment of every person irrespective of their ethnic origin. The aim of the Focus Year 2014 has been the awareness-raising about the legal consequences of discrimination and the ways of protection against it. With reference to the General Equal Treatment Act, FADA offers personalized counseling and support for affected people. Famous supporters, like the national team soccer player Jérôme Boateng, generated attention to the campaign. Moreover, numerous publications and awareness-raising events like a Youth competition ‘Rassismus nicht mit mir’ and the awarding of the Anti-Discrimination Prize showed discrimination and multifaceted social exclusion within the society and offered recommendations for improvement.

Admission to clubs: "Du darfst rein – Gegen Rassismus an der Clubtür"

A special kind of everyday racism is refusing access to clubs and discotheques. This way of discrimination particularly concerns young ethnic minority males. Discriminatory door policy is directed against people with foreign appearance. However, neither a doorman nor a club owner is allowed to refuse entrance to anybody because of skin color or ethnic origin. It is a matter of crucial importance to the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA) to counsel people concerned by discrimination in accessing clubs. The Flyer "Admission to clubs", in German "Du darfst rein – Gegen Rassismus an der Clubtür", provides valuable tips and advice to victims of racist discrimination. Club owners can be held legally responsible for the racially-motivated refusing of access. The flyer aims at better information for the victims of discrimination and prevention of discrimination.

Background: European Action Week against Racism

Every year, UNITED for intercultural action (European Network against nationalism, racism, fascism, in support of migrants and refugees) run the European Action Week against Racism. This year, the campaign will start on 12th March and finish on 21st March.
Considering the proliferation of racism against migrants and refugees at the moment, Equinet wants to do its part to highlight initiatives carried out by its members to fight racism across Europe.

“I’m not Racist, But...”

March 18th 2016

Anti-discrimination campaigns in Malta

Over the years, the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality (NCPE), one of Equinet’s Maltese members, has developed a number of videos on racism as part of its campaigns.

These campaigns include “Think Equal” (2010), “I’m not Racist, But...” (2012), and “Enhancing Equal Rights” (2013):

Background: European Action Week against Racism

Every year, UNITED for intercultural action (European Network against nationalism, racism, fascism, in support of migrants and refugees) run the European Action Week against Racism. This year, the campaign will start on 12th March and finish on 21st March.
Considering the proliferation of racism against migrants and refugees at the moment, Equinet wants to do its part to highlight initiatives carried out by its members to fight racism across Europe.


March 18th 2016

The Belgian Equality Body, Unia (Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities), has launched a social media debate with numbers, graphics and the hashtags #EgauxEnBelgique and #GelijkinBelgië (in English: #EqualInBelgium) on equality in Belgium.

The campaign took place the week of 29 February 2016 and covered five major themes:

  • Employment
  • "The Other"
  • Society
  • Education
  • Housing and mobility

Each theme is discussed drawing from studies and official data collected in the past years and presented through infographics. For instance, according to Unia, 44% of recruiters admit that a candidate wearing the headscarf will negatively impact their decision to hire them.

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Background: European Action Week against Racism

Every year, UNITED for intercultural action (European Network against nationalism, racism, fascism, in support of migrants and refugees) run the European Action Week against Racism. This year, the campaign will start on 12th March and finish on 21st March.
Considering the proliferation of racism against migrants and refugees at the moment, Equinet wants to do its part to highlight initiatives carried out by its members to fight racism across Europe.

Portugal: Campaign “Find your colour”

March 15th 2016

On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, annually celebrated on 21 March, the Commission for Equality and Against Racial Discrimination - CICDR that works closely with the High Commission for Migration (ACM) launched a campaign to raise awareness against racism and xenophobia.


This 2015 campaign, named “Descobre a tua cor” (Find your colour) was released through ACM’s Facebook page. Each follower of the profile was invited to access a website created for this purpose which, through a connection with their Facebook account, identified the exact colour user’s skin based on the selected photo submitted at the time. After this procedure, each person was faced with a question ("You find your colour, so what? Does it change anything in your life?"). This question invited to an introspection aimed at triggering the realisation that knowing one’s skin colour does matter. Then users could share the results on their Facebook profiles, simultaneously inviting their friends to participate in “Find Your Colour” campaign.
After participating, each person was asked to report any cases of racism or xenophobia that they had witnessed or suffered. In addition to the main objective of raising public awareness to combat racial discrimination, another objective of the campaign was to make CICDR more visible as a competent body applying the law of the protection against racial discrimination based on skin colour, ethnicity or nationality.

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Facts & Figures

The campaign "Find your Colour" was a huge success. Starting with the High Commission for Migration’s Facebook page, there were several other relevant pages that shared and disseminated this campaign, such as the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) and the National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH), reaching more than 60,000 user’s views.

There also was a street campaign in Chiado District in Lisbon, on the morning of 21 March, with a direct impact of 127 personal contacts that assured more than 3.000 visualizations.

Background: European Action Week against Racism

Every year, UNITED for intercultural action (European Network against nationalism, racism, fascism, in support of migrants and refugees) run the European Action Week against Racism. This year, the campaign will start on 12th March and finish on 21st March.
Considering the proliferation of racism against migrants and refugees at the moment, Equinet wants to do its part to highlight initiatives carried out by its members to fight racism across Europe.

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Discrimination Survey in Germany 2015

December 18th 2015

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The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA) in Germany launched a survey between 1 September and 30 November 2015 in order to find out more about discrimination behaviour in Germany. FADA would like to know which discrimination grounds and in which areas people in Germany are experiencing discrimination. Furthermore the survey asks how people are affected by discrimination and how they cope with it.

The results of this survey will provide FADA with quantitative and qualitative data regarding discrimination in Germany. Over 18.000 persons participated in the online and paper version of the survey.

The first results are available here. The full analysis of the data will be published in 2017.

Based on the results of the survey, FADA will draw up recommendations to prevent future discrimination.


Systematic data on discrimination concerning all discrimination grounds are missing in Germany. The FADA is therefore working on establishing a Discrimination Barometer. The survey is the first step towards establishing such a Barometer. Central results of the survey will be published in the next report of FADA to the German Bundestag (2017).

Further Information

Survey on Discrimination - Brochure
Survey on Discrimination - Brochure


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Austria: Anti-Discrimination Campaign

September 29th 2015

This awareness raising campaign, carried out on advertising posts in public transport across Austria, aimed to provide information on rights in the scope of the Equal Treatment Act and to increase the name recognition of the Ombud for Equal Treatment.

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It highlighted the fact that discrimination is forbidden and that it’s a human right to be treated equally. Following the campaign, the central office in Vienna registered more requests compared to the same period last year, particularly requests concerning alleged discrimination on the grounds of ethnicity and religion.

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Malta: Here We Are

September 29th 2015

Disability Awareness Raising Campaign

Run by the National Commission for Persons with Disability (NCPD), the main objective behind this campaign was to reach out to persons with disability and non-disabled persons alike with a clear and positive message that persons with disability come from all walks of life and that there are different facets to a person with disability’s identity.

The campaign was organised to raise greater awareness amongst persons with disability on the importance of taking a more active role in society and making non-disabled people aware that persons with disability should be given the same opportunities as those given to any other member of Maltese society.

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Useful Links

Malta: Equality Mark

September 21st 2015


The National Commission for the Promotion of Equality (NCPE)’s Equality Mark Certification is awarded to companies that truly foster gender equality in their work policies and practices. This Certification awards equal opportunity employers who have in place initiatives that go over and above the minimum required by the law in the area of gender equality in employment and in the provision of goods and services.

Social context

The Equality Mark award aims to address challenges in the field of gender equality and employment in Malta, namely: the participation rate of women in employment, which although on the increase, is still relatively low and a gender-segregated labour market where a high percentage of women are employed in low-paid sectors. The Equality Mark promotes female participation in the labour market and career advancement for women. It was developed to empower more employers to enhance their commitment towards gender equality and implement good practices in this regard.

Technical Requirements

Awarded companies can utilise the Equality Mark logo following an assessment on set criteria. During the certification process, the NCPE ensures that the organisation:

  • Implements equality principles in recruitment
  • Issues gender inclusive documents and adverts
  • Does not discriminate on the basis of gender in training opportunities offered to staff
  • Strives to develop a discrimination and harassment-free workplace through implementing Equality and Sexual Harassment policies which include internal reporting procedures for cases of discrimination and sexual harassment
  • Offers Family Friendly Measures such as telework, flexible hours and reduced hours
  • Appoints an Equality Representative, or an Equality Committee, that gender mainstreams the company’s policies/practices and serves as a point of reference to employees who wish to discuss any issue related to gender equality
  • Gives equal pay for work of equal value
  • Applies equality standards in the provision of goods and services

More information

French Defender of Rights launches a new online platform to combat racism

September 15th 2015

On 15 September, Jacques Toubon, the Defender of Rights (France), officially launched an online platform entitled ’Egalité contre le racisme’ (Equality against Racism), aimed at providing practical tools and advice to combat cases of racial and ethnic discrimination.

Being concerned about the rise of racism in all its forms in France, Jacques Toubon wished to set up a collective and efficient answer to this phenomenon, designed for either victims or witnesses of racist acts.

In collaboration with the Council of Europe and the Inter-ministerial delegation on the fight against racism and anti-Antisemitism (Dilcra), forty partners, encompassing private companies, human right NGOs and local governments, took part in the creation of this common platform. ’’ offers advice, list of contacts, information on legal and administrative remedies and notifications on existing initiatives to combat racism. The goal is for people from various backgrounds - companies, NGOs, governments or simply concerned citizens - to be given the tools to provide efficient answers to discrimination and find the means to build a more equal society.

The launch of the website is coupled with a national poster campaign in public spaces and public transport.

To access this new platform, click here.

Cyprus: No Violence against Women

July 8th 2015

This campaign is being run by the Office of the Commissioner for Administration (Ombudsman) in Cyprus to spread a clear message on zero tolerance for violence against women, eliminate gender stereotypes and challenge socio-cultural attitudes that render violent behaviour acceptable.


According to a national study carried out for the Advisory Committee for the Prevention and Combating of Violence in the Family (ACPCFV) in Cyprus, at least 28% of adult women have experienced some form of abuse, with 57% of them reporting that they did not tell anybody about their abuse, only 1/3 of them asked for help and that 1/3 had little or no knowledge of available services for the support and protection of victims of domestic violence. Of those who reported their abuse only 5% used the Hotline and only 2% reported the incident to the Police.

Furthermore, a series of evaluations and studies have repeatedly identified the need for awareness raising and specialised training for professionals working in the area of violence against women (VAW).


In order to tackle this problem, the Office of the Commissioner for Administration (Ombudsman) together with the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies, Cyprus Academy of Public Administration (CAPA) and Advisory Committee for the Prevention & Combating of Violence in the Family (ACPCVF), has developed communication and information activities, as well as training for professionals from different disciplines, aiming to end violence against women and girls in Cyprus.

A coordinated and targeted national media campaign on VAW, due to take place until November 2015, aims to spread a clear message on zero tolerance for VAW, eliminate gender stereotypes and challenge socio-cultural attitudes that render violent behaviour acceptable, by targeting specifically men and boys (age 10+).

Furthermore, trainings given to key professionals aim to raise awareness and knowledge of these professionals on the issue of VAW, their ability to respond to the needs of the victims, as well as to promote inter-agency cooperation and collaboration with relevant NGOs. The trainings cover the relevant legal framework but also issues related to perceptions and attitudes to VAW, different forms of VAW, gender stereotypes and women’s rights.

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Other Relevant Information

No Violence against Women Facebook page
We say no to violence against women - Article in Greek
Fighting violence against women - Article in English

Belgium: The train with a disability runs 24 hours late

July 8th 2015

De trein met een handicap heeft een vertraging van 24 uur / Les trains handicapés ont un retard probable de 24 heures

The use of public transportation often poses problems for persons with disabilities. This campaign addresses the problems they experience when travelling by train. It was organised by the Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities and the High National Council for Persons with a Disability (Belgium) and took place in Dutch and French during one day in the main train station in Brussels.


The use of public transportation often poses problems for persons with disabilities. This campaign addresses the problems they experience when travelling by train. The accessibility of trains and train stations is still seen as an impossible investment. This is often due to a lack of general policy on accessibility. There are also several cultural and regulatory obstacles to be dealt with.

The Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities and the High National Council for Persons with a Disability wanted to address this issue on the International Day of Persons with a Disability. Until now, persons with a disability have to book their trip at least 24 hours in advance. The train company says this timing is necessary to ensure they can be assisted for travelling.

Because this regulation limits the freedom of persons with a disability, the campaign highlights the following questions:

  • The repeal of the 24 hours ‘delay’ for disabled persons
  • Raising the accessibility of the train infrastructure and giving better assistance on the entire railway network
  • Respect for the individual rights of persons with disabilities: the right to work, participation in public life, freedom of movement. The NMBS (Belgian National Railways) must comply to these requirements along the Belgian antidiscrimination regulations and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The 24 hours rule isn’t founded, according to the Centre. In The Netherlands, persons with a disability have to announce their travel 3 hours in advance and there are plans to reduce this to 1 hour. It’s not unreasonable to ask an improvement of the Belgian system.

During the awareness-raising action, commuters at the Central stations were asked by fake controllers (actors from the improvisation league) if they had correctly booked their tickets the day before. When commuters replied they didn’t, they were told by the fake controllers that unfortunately, they wouldn’t be allowed to travel today. Commuters were then informed that this was an action to raise awareness about the 24 hours rule for people with a disability.

Announcements were also made throughout the station, with loudspeakers, that “trains with a disability run 24 hours late”

We also put up banners in the Central Train Station and the action was filmed by a professional TV crew form the national television.

The same day, we asked (and obtained) a meeting with the direction of the train company.

Media were of course invited to make reports about the action.

Useful Links

Lithuania: Awareness raising campaign about the personal nature of online racist abuse

March 18th 2015

Racism, misogyny and homophobia may be rife on the internet where people are hidden away behind a screen and a keyboard, but as this video from the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights (LŽTS) shows, it takes on a whole different meaning when spoken out loud.

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The video shows a group of people who thought they were being invited to audition for an acting role in an advert being asked to wait on a sofa outside what they think is the interview room.

While being secretly filmed, another black actor who also appears to be waiting asks them to translate some of the comments he has received on his Facebook page as he has just moved to Lithuania and doesn’t know the language.

The friendly smiles and helpful expressions on the faces of the participants soon turn to shock and anguish as they start to read the abuse (like “monkey”, “go back to Africa” and “slave”) he has unwittingly received.

LŽTS released the video to raise awareness of the effect online abuse has on people and how they can report it.

Watch the whole video (in English) here.

Article taken from the i100 website by The Independent.

Italy: "Turn off discriminations, turn on rights” for the respect and promotion of Diversity

March 2nd 2015

The ’Turn off discrimination, turn on rights’ campaign has been developed by the Italian Office against Discrimination (UNAR) in order to raise public awareness on the need to remove all forms of discrimination and to inform victims about the tools of complaint available.

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Unar - the Italian Office against Discrimination operating since 2004 with the purpose of promoting equal treatment – is launching the campaign “turn off discrimination, turn on rights” which has the aim to raise public awareness on the need to remove all forms of discrimination and better inform victims on the tools of complaint available. The campaign aims to highlight the services offered by the Unar Contact Center. Through the free phone number 800901010 and the website it collects complaints of victims or testimonials of discrimination related to ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
In a moment in which intercultural dialogue and respect for differences are often objects of debate, the key message of the campaign is that discrimination is forbidden and that for this purpose, the Unar Contact Center is a point of reference and an effective tool to facilitate immersion and remove discrimination.

Watch the video

EU: Transgender Europe Calls for a Stop to the Nightmare that is Legal Gender Recognition in 34 Countries in Europe

February 23rd 2015

Today, Transgender Europe (TGEU) calls attention to the fact that 34 countries in Europe still do not allow trans people to change their legal name and gender without having to undergo humiliating and abusive procedures. With the release of a new video on legal gender recognition, TGEU demands action to reform gender recognition laws in Europe.

The Campaign

TGEU’s new 2-minute campaign video portrays the nightmare scenario that most trans people still face today when trying to legally change their name and gender, namely being forced to undergo sterilisation, divorce, and a diagnosis of mental illness, despite not being mentally ill.

As a result of these humiliating procedures, many trans people are not able, or refuse, to change their legal name and gender. This means that they have passports and other identity documents that don’t match their identity and appearance. When asked to prove their identity, for example when travelling, opening a bank account, or renting an apartment, trans people may be forced to come out as trans, accused of being a fraud, and become vulnerable to humiliation, discrimination and violence.

It is not a surprise therefore that 73% of trans people in the EU think that better legal gender recognition laws, that allow them to change their name and gender more easily, would allow them to live more comfortably.

In 2014, several countries have implemented or announced changes to their procedures, including Denmark and Malta. However, 34 countries in Europe still do not allow for the recognition of a trans person’s gender identity without invasive and abusive requirements that violate human rights, such as forced sterilisation, divorce and diagnosis of mental illness.

“Trans people have a right to access all areas of society, and we have a right to quick, transparent and accessible gender recognition procedures.” says TGEU Executive Director Julia Ehrt: “States across Europe continue to violate trans people’s rights by holding on to inhumane practices. Without ID documents matching their gender identity, trans people are denied a life in dignity and respect.”

The video marks the one year anniversary of TGEU’s “Access All Areas! Recognition Opens Doors” campaign on legal gender recognition, which calls upon European governments to introduce quick, transparent and accessible gender recognition legislation.

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Further information

The video is available in English, with subtitles in most European languages.

Learn more about TGEU’s work on legal gender recognition at:

Transgender Europe is a European human rights NGO working for the human rights and equality of all trans people.
Transgender or Trans is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity or expression differs from the sex assigned to them at birth.

Roma Matrix

February 10th 2015

Working to stop racism towards Roma and to improve integration across Europe

Roma MATRIX is a project that aims to combat racism, intolerance and xenophobia towards Roma and to increase integration, though a programme of action across Europe. It is one of the largest Roma inclusion projects in the European Union.

Made up of a partnership of 20 organisations in 10 EU member states which contain 85% of the European Union’s Roma populations. The project runs for 2 years from April 2013 till March 2015. It is co-funded by the European Union’s Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme.

Key areas of our work across Europe