Other areas of action

Healthcare and well-being

Other areas of action

A female patient refuses to be treated by a foreign man or doctor; deaf people have difficulties communicating with caregivers owing to a lack of sign language interpreters in hospitals; a foreign healthcare assistant is regularly insulted by patients or colleagues; a patient is confronted with a doctor’s homophobic or serophobic attitude; etc.

Professionals in the healthcare sector are increasingly obliged to question their practices regarding people with specific demands associated with their origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, etc. Unia aims to find common ground between the points of view of healthcare providers/beneficiaries and define this relationship.

Promoting cross-cultural skills, managing diversity and taking into account the fundamental rights of the elderly or persons with disabilities, are key issues today in the healthcare sector.

Unia advises and supports people who are discriminated against in the healthcare sector (caregivers and patients).

Unia provides the authorities concerned with recommendations based on studies and meetings with the sector.

Leisure

Other areas of action

A guide dog isn’t allowed in a café/restaurant; a person of foreign origin is refused entry to a nightclub; a footballer is insulted on the pitch owing to his alleged sexual orientation; a woman isn’t served at the terrace of a café because she is wearing a veil; etc.

Leisure activities include all those activities we do during our spare time: going out with friends, practising sports, going to the cinema, the theatre, museums, reading in the library, etc. Unia advises and supports people who are discriminated against in the leisure sector.

Unia participates in the elaboration of measures (rules, raising awareness, training, etc.) that help to banish racism and discrimination from the sporting world.

Unia is active in the cultural sector, especially regarding reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and issues linked to the spreading of hatred by certain performers.

The media

Other areas of action

A person in a wheelchair wants to take part in a TV programme but the camera systematically excludes them from the shot; the press regularly stigmatises Roma people and travellers by referring to them as criminals or traffickers; a children’s TV channel is looking for a new presenter who must be between 16 and 25 years old; etc.

The media shapes the way we see the world. They can play a role in reinforcing or creating prejudices associated with origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, etc.

Unia is regularly contacted concerning clichés and sometimes hate speech conveyed by the media.

Unia and the main representatives and experts from the media created a workgroup in 2015 in order to update a guide containing recommendations for information relating to persons of foreign origin and extend it to other criteria and the current social and media context. The Centre also regularly participates in studies, workgroups and meetings with public authorities and professionals in the sector.

Police and the law

Other areas of action

A homosexual couple is intimidated by a police patrol; a police officer of North African origin is harassed by their colleagues; a person is subject to a police check based on racial profiling; a police officer puts hate speech on their Facebook page concerning foreigners; another one thinks ‘what’s the use in having handicapped staff in the police force?!’; etc.

The police and the law are Unia’s special partners in the fight against discrimination. As the guardian of the law, a public service and an employer, it is the police’s duty to establish the principle of non-discrimination right across the board.

However, there are some police officers who are guilty themselves of hate messages or hate crimes. They may refuse to take into account cases of discrimination in their daily work by not agreeing to write a police report for instance.

A partnership governed by an agreement between the minister of the interior and Unia has created a clear framework in which the police and the Centre can work together to combat discrimination, hate messages and hate speech. This agreement also includes a section devoted entirely to training.

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