UNIA

UNIA

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Belgium – Unia encourages society as a whole, and particularly government authorities, public institutions and companies, to combat discrimination and segregation. We also provide support to citizens who have experienced discrimination. We are authorised to address discrimination on various grounds, such as: race, faith or creed, disability, age and sexual orientation. Click here to view the 17 grounds for discrimination for which Unia is authorised. There is a separate Institute for the promotion of gender equality: the Institute for the Equality of Women and Men.  Anyone in Belgium who feels that he or she has been discriminated against or has witnessed discrimination can report it to Unia. Unia always first tries to reach an amicable solution, but if this does not prove effective, then, with the permission of the person affected by discrimination, Unia can file a lawsuit or participate in one. However, there are only a limited number of cases in which Unia will effectively take the matter to court. Unia also organises campaigns for raising awareness and informing the public. Through our online training on antidiscrimination laws (eDiv), we answer questions about diversity in the workplace. We also offer customised training and provide tools for fighting for equal opportunities and against discrimination, as well as formulating targeted advice and recommendations for organisations and government authorities. Finally, Unia is a knowledge and expertise centre. Through our publications and statistics, we inform the government and numerous specialised organisations on discrimination and diversity. Unia strives to ensure inclusive and equal participation for all, in all areas of society. Our work is based on legal expertise, knowledge of the social reality and experiences of people who have been discriminated against.

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