Implementation issues

AuthorOuhnaoui, Hania; Bribosia, Emmanuelle; Navasartian, Areg; Rorive, Isabelle
8.1 Dissemination of information, dialogue with NGOs and between social
a) Dissemination of information about legal protection against discrimination (Article 10
Directive 2000/43 and Article 12 Directive 2000/78)
The Federal Anti-Discrimination Acts were widely publicised in 2007, in particular through
brochures presenting the main provisions of the law and identifying a list of organisations
and administrations involved in their implementation. Seminars on the con tent of the law
in the context of employment took place in 2007 as part of a European project dedicated
to the dissemination of information about legal protection against discrimination. The
Federal Anti-Discrimination Acts were also translated into sign language.417 Furthermore,
the Centre organised several training afternoons in the major cities of the country for the
benefit of local organisations and professionals (integration centres, municipalities,
lawyers, associations, etc.). In addition, the federal Minister for Equal Opportunities funded
the creation, in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009, of an inter-university Chair on ‘Law and
discrimination’, involving academics from three universities for the French-speaking part
of the project. Each year, 30 hours of training on anti-discrimination law has been delivered
by scholars from those universities. Attendance was free and it was part of the continuing
training of lawyers and judges.
In early 2016, Unia launched its new website which is much more user-friendly and
published a leaflet called ‘For equality, against discrimination. How can we help?’ in order
to clarify its role and missions to the public.418 The eDiv initiative (reported in section 7.f,
above), is also worth mentioning. Unia has also been lauded for another awareness
campaign on disabilities: ‘I have a disability and I have rights’ (‘J’ai un handicap et j’ai des
Currently, Unia has three newsletters through which it disseminates information: one on
Unia’s activities in general, another focuses on disability and a third one focuses on the
legal action that Unia undertakes.
In its 2017 report, the Expert Commission for the Assessment of the 2007 Anti-
Discrimination Federal Acts suggests strengthening the training for judges, police services
and labour inspectorates, in collaboration with Unia. The commission has also stressed the
need for training adapted to the different groups of the public concerned by the anti-
discrimination legislation, in particular employers.420
At the very end of 2018, after the change in the federal Government, an awareness
campaign against racism, called #stopracisme, with the slogan le racisme, ça sert à quoi?
(Racism, what gives?), was launched, in collaboration with Unia. This was done on the
initiative of the equal opportunities department and with the support of the federal
Government, despite the absence of the federal action plan that the Government was
supposed to adopt following the 2001 Durban Conference.
b) Measures to encourage dialogue with NGOs with a view to promoting the principle of
equal treatment (Article 12 Directive 2000/43 and Article 14 Directive 2000/78)
417 For more details on those initiatives, see Unia (2018) Annual Report for 2017 (Discrimination - Diversity), p.
122 and seq., available on the website of the Centre,
418 The folder is available at the following address:
419 For more details, see the Unia website:
420 Commission d’évaluation de la législation fédérale relative à la lutte contre les discriminations (2017),
Premier rapport d’évaluation 2017, pp. 95-100 and para. 208,

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