Non-Discrimination in Local Governance

The ”Non-Discrimination in Local Governance” project aims to reduce intolerance amongst local communities especially related to vulnerable groups (different races/gender/displaced/refugees/foreigners/sexual orientation/disabled etc) and strengthen integration of these communities for a more united society and non discriminating community.

The project objective is to strengthen municipal knowledge, understanding and capacities on issues of discrimination in order to improve policies and platforms for integration in the municipality.

This will be achieved through study visits, workshadowing of partners, workshops, seminars, and presentations. The aim is also to create improved platforms for communication and dialogue on discrimination in the municipality. The activities will aim to raise awareness as well as spread knowledge and experience on non-discrimination in a wider perspective in the organization.

Discrimination runs against the most fundamental values of a modern society. In fact, it is a threat to democracy, which is predicated on the idea of a society in which arbitrary hierarchies and preferences based on, for example gender, ethnic origin, and wealth have been eliminated with a view to achieving equality. Democracy recognizes worth and equal rights of all whereby, equality prohibits discrimination which is also the cornerstone of human rights.

Discrimination not only forms a menace to the society, but also to the individual who is subjected to such an adverse treatment as it is a direct denial of the equal worth of the victim. It is a violation of a person’s identity. The consequences of discrimination match the severity of the offence, a causal link to alienation, exclusion, radicalization and decreasing psychological well-being.