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Anti-Discrimination Education

Anti-discrimination education is the conscious action of increasing knowledge and skills as well as influencing attitudes to counteract discrimination and bias-motivated violence and to promote equality and diversity.

Anti-discrimination education develops knowledge about the mechanisms of discrimination and exclusion. It is important to understand how stereotypes and prejudice lead to unequal treatment and the violation of individual rights. Anti-discrimination education addresses the manifestations and consequences of discrimination in each area of our lives. The key is to perceive discrimination not only through the eyes of the person being discriminated, but also in the context of existing power relations (social, political, economic, symbolic) and the system of privileges of dominant groups. We are interested in both sides of the existing “minority – majority” relationships created in society and the bases for their establishment, such as, among others, gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, personal beliefs (religious or irreligious), disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic status. Also important is bias-motivated violence: hate speech and hate crimes.

Anti-discrimination education builds competence in counteracting discrimination. Anti-discrimination education emphasizes a broad range of knowledge about human rights, women's rights and anti-discrimination law. Knowledge about various mechanisms to counteract discrimination and the ability to use them are essential. Anti-discrimination education develops civic courage and personal responsibility in responding to and preventing any acts of discrimination and violence. The roles of the victim and perpetrator are not the only important ones in such situations – the role of the witness is key.

Anti-discrimination education develops knowledge about discriminated groups and emancipation movements. Combating discrimination and violence is based on the thorough knowledge of the groups experiencing discrimination and bias-motivated violence. Anti-discrimination education is derived and draws from the achievements of emancipation movements, particularly including feminism. Anti-discrimination education is developing within the context of earlier emancipation achievements, both those related to institutional achievements, as well as those involving the development of ideas on preventing discrimination and violence in general.

Anti-discrimination education strengthens groups and individuals experiencing discrimination and exclusion through inclusion and empowerment.

Anti-discrimination education is an open catalog of activities. The form of the action does not determine whether or not we call it anti-discrimination education.

Anti-discrimination education is based on the people leading it. We firmly believe in the inherent dignity, subjectivity and autonomy of every human being and the equality of all persons regardless of their ethnicity, nationality, race, disability, age, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, religious beliefs or lack thereof, social or economic status, or any other state. We are especially careful to be consistent in what we do and our attitudes, constantly and consciously striving to develop personal sensibilities and respect for others.