Published: 27/05/2013 22:40
All over the continent, too many people, communities and societies still suffer from the injustice and stigma that racism brings. What can you do?
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Racial and ethnic discrimination are a daily reality for millions of people. This discrimination can take various forms: from denying individuals the basic principles of equality to fuelling ethnic hate. However, every one of us can play an important role in breaking down these attitudes by taking a stand to spread the word!
Organizations working against racism, xenophobia and discrimination
There are many organizations whose purpose is to combat racism, xenophobia and discrimination based on ethnicity, religious beliefs and skin colour. Some organizations work nationally, while others work in networks across borders.
At the transnational level one can find an organization like the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), a European-based network of non-governmental organizations in all EU Member States, as well as Croatia and Iceland. ENAR is the voice of its member organizations in Brussels and advocates on their behalf, and seeks to make a difference in a number of areas related to equality and anti-racism, migration and integration and social inclusion of ethnic and religious minorities in Europe.
Football Against Racism
UEFA and the FARE network (Football Against Racism in Europe) work together to spread a message of zero tolerance to any form of racism and discrimination. The FARE Action Weeks unite supporters, clubs, ethnic minorities and communities to make discrimination a thing of the past.
Whether you’re part of a fan club, a football club, an ethnic minority organisation, or any kind of NGO in Europe you can apply for a small grant to set up your own activities during the Action Weeks. You can also download various materials to use in your events
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
On 21 March 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid in South Africa. Since then, the date has been declared by the United Nations as International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Every year around this same time, the European-wide Action Week brings together people struggling against racism and racial discrimination. Your organisation or group can also join in and organise concerts or conferences, send protest letters to policy-makers or find other ways of voicing your opinion. Just contact UNITED to get all the material you’ll need.