ENAR’s achievements in March 2017

– ENAR held a meeting with Commissioner Oettinger , together with the EP’s Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup and ILGA-Europe, to discuss diversity in the European Commission. He committed to a sustained engagement and dialogue on diversity with those present.

– Following an EU Court of Justice ruling regarding prohibition of headscarves in employment on 14 March, ENAR was quoted in more than 90 media highlighting the negative impact of this decision on Muslim women.

– ENAR Secretariat and 10 other member organisations attended the 3rd European Migration Forum which took place in Brussels in the first week of March. ENAR was invited to coordinate and to lead one workshop and to support with reporting of the sessions. We drafted the concept paper of the session and facilitated interaction with participants.

Members’ achievements:

– The Greek Forum of Migrants organised a successful “Walk Against Racism” on 21 March. More than 65 organisations responded to the call for a silent march on International Day Against Racial Discrimination.

Associazione Trepuntozero in Italy organised an awareness raising campaign ‘Turin wakes up antiracist’ during Week Against Racism, together with other civil society organisations, which featured a wide range of activities and was widely quoted in local media.

– Following intense work by ENAR Ireland, amendments to a bill on hate crime were presented to Parliament’s Justice Committee and to Members of Parliament and Senators. They are now confident that Fianna Fail, which presented the Hate Crime Bill, will introduce their own amendments, as recommended to them by the National Steering Committee on Hate Crime, which ENAR Ireland are the coordinators of.


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