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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.