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About European Network Against Racism

European Network Against Racism European Network Against Racism ENAR is the only pan-European anti-racist network that combines advocacy for racial equality and facilitating cooperation among civil society anti-racist actors in Europe. The organisation was set up in 1998 by grassroots activists on a mission to achieve legal changes at European level and make decisive progress towards racial equality in all EU Member States. Since then, ENAR has grown and achieved a great deal. Our mission is to achieve full equality, solidarity and well-being for all in Europe. We want to allow all members of society, whatever their skin colour, ethnicity, sex, gender, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation, to participate and be included in society. Our take on this? We combat racism and discrimination based on colour, ethnicity, national origin, nationality, religion, culture, language or legal status. We envision a vibrant and inclusive society and economy that embrace equality and diversity and the benefits of a racism-free Europe. Unequal treatment and discrimination against people because of their skin colour, religion, culture, nationality, legal status or ethnicity result in poorer job opportunities and greater obstacles in accessing health, housing, education and services. Not to mention the more serious consequences of various forms of racism: physical and verbal violence against ethnic and religious minorities and migrants, which not only impact individuals but also entire communities. These inequalities have a negative impact on the whole of society. Discriminating and excluding talented individuals result in a huge waste of talents and skills, especially at a time when we need to harness our collective full potential to get out of the present economic downturn. We have decided not to let this go unchallenged: we break down structural barriers and policies that limit migrants’ and ethnic and religious minorities’ opportunities to participate fully in society and have, ultimately, a damaging impact on the well-being of all European residents. Our DNA ENAR is a strong professional organisation bringing together a unique set of skills, EU expertise and knowledge as well as campaigning experience. Our strengths ENAR advocates and campaigns for better EU anti-racism policies and legislation ENAR connects grass-roots organisations and top decision-makers ENAR builds bridges between ethnic/religious communities ENAR creates synergies between the private sector, academia and NGOs ENAR brings change at the local level ENAR monitors trends in racism and offers solutions Setting trends: ENAR strives to be ahead of the game when it comes to content, methodologies and practices. We identify and set new trends and, in this way, drive change. Creating synergies: ENAR recognises the value of partnerships to address complex patterns of discrimination. We team up with the movers and shakers to drive change together. ENAR is a convener: we bring our stakeholders together and stimulate cooperation and joint initiatives on equality and diversity. Providing a safe space: We believe in respectful dialogue and exchange of views. ENAR’s activities always ensure a safe space in which every participant can speak his/her mind freely and without disrespectful critique. ENAR only supports actions and advocacy grounded in the philosophy of non-violence and intercultural dialogue. Cross-community mobilisation and an open exchange of views are at the heart of our actions. Thinking about the broader picture: ENAR analyses how anti-racism interacts with the wider social and economic developments in Europe. Our proposals for change are grounded in a human rights based approach. They articulate progressive narratives, policies and measures that benefit everyone, including ethnic and religious minorities, by leveraging up social protections, wealth and power redistribution, equality, solidarity and well-being for all. We ensure that gender and other grounds of diversity are mainstreamed in our advocacy. Constant learning: ENAR constantly adapts its strategies and ways of working. We experiment with new methodologies and approaches to ensure we do not miss any opportunity to improve. While closely following the latest societal and institutional changes, we also regularly take a step back to rethink and develop new constructive approaches and concepts to support anti-racist advocacy. Evaluating impact: ENAR evaluates all its activities – successes or failures – and uses Key Performance Indicators to assess its advocacy impact, both quantitatively and qualitatively. We track the changes we bring to the field and we report to our constituencies, funders and benefactors on our impact. Walking the talk: ENAR provides an environment based on equality and trust for its employees. We prioritise team spirit through a flat hierarchy and open communication. Everyone is encouraged to speak his/her own mind, challenge the obvious and bring new ideas and improvements. We develop the talents of our team members and create champions. In matters of diversity management, we do what we preach. Our members ENAR member organisations are its strength, the voice of victims of racism and related discrimination throughout Europe. They join ENAR to build a strong platform for their aspirations for an inclusive Europe. Members pool their forces and resources in ENAR to maximise their advocacy impact at European level. ENAR members reinforce and support one another so that the voice of anti-racism is simultaneously listened to in Brussels and every single corner and capital of the EU. We support our members in developing their capacities and facilitate exchange of experience and information to achieve a maximum impact in the shortest time frame. Our stakeholders ENAR engages constructively with its stakeholders in an inclusive, respectful, convincing and expertise based way. Tough in negotiations, we always strive to find win-win outcomes. We pride ourselves on having good and lasting relations with our partners. We are solution-oriented and want our partners to be satisfied with their cooperation with ENAR. ENAR is ready to partner or collaborate, publicly or not, with any government, company, trade union, administration, institution, civil society organisation or political party, which seeks to further equality, solidarity and well-being for all and reduce the achievement gap for ethnic and religious minorities and migrants. Victories Do you want to know what we do? A glimpse of our impact and our successes! - Since 2001, ENAR has been monitoring trends in racism in Europe with its yearly Shadow Reports on racism and discrimination in Europe. A number of reports have had long lasting effects: a) 2008 report with a focus on Roma communities b) 2012 report with a focus on Black Europeans and People of African Descent c) 2013 report with a focus on Islamophobia d) 2014 report on racism and discrimination in employment 2014 - Re-establishment of the Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup in the European Parliament, following strong mobilisation by ENAR members and advocacy work with EP political groups. - ENAR contributes to pushing the European Commission to publicly commit to publish a report on Member States’ practices on equality data collection and to develop a recommendation to provide Member States with relevant guidelines on equality data collection. - In November 2013 and February 2014, ENAR organises, in close collaboration with the office of Jean-Jacob Bicep MEP (Greens), two groundbreaking events on Afrophobia in the European Parliament, putting the need to fight Afrophobia on the European agenda. One of the results is the use of the term “people of African descent and Black Europeans” instead of "Sub-Saharan Africans" by the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency. 2013 - ENAR publishes the 1st Europe-wide qualitative report on Islamophobia, covering most EU countries. The report got extensive coverage and triggered a Senatorial resolution on fighting Islamophobia in Belgium, and a mention of the dangers of Islamophobia by Commissioner Reding in her report to the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties committee. It also prompted the acknowledgment of the dangers of Islamophobia for social cohesion by Belgium Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo. ENAR’s report added to the long term monitoring work of ENAR members in France (CCIF) or the UK, and led, in the same time frame, to French President François Hollande making similar statements. ENAR’s report contributed to an important shift in political discourses, finally starting to consider Islamophobia as an issue to be addressed by relevant public authorities. - ENAR is a key player in ensuring the fundamental rights of seasonal migrant workers are included during the negotiations on the EU Seasonal Workers Directive. - ENAR’s “Hidden Talents, Wasted Talents” publication highlighting the concrete positive contributions migrants and ethnic and religious make to Europe is one of the background documents of the European Integration Forum. - Official launch in Paris of the only pan-European Holistic Diversity Management Certificate (TM). - ENAR organises the Origins Conference – the first European business conference focusing exclusively on the management of cultural/religions diversity, putting on the table an issue that is often considered as sensitive in Europe and which companies are often not at ease working with. - Following advocacy work as part of the European Roma Policy Coalition, an EU Council Recommendation on the implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategies is adopted. - As a result of ENAR’s work on equality data collection, the European Commission’s report on the implementation of the equality directives mentions the lack of equality data as one of the main obstacles to implementation. 2012 - ENAR decides on a radical change of its governance structure and a total reset of its constituency to increase its internal democracy, its representativeness in the field and its resilience after two years of intensive internal consultations. ENAR is a unique success story of a membership organisation which has decided to rejuvenate its constituency to ensure impact and quality over quantity. Other European networks have expressed interest in our methodology for driving crucial governance change with the approval and support of their larger constituency. - ENAR partners with the ENAR Foundation to reinforce the equal@work platform as a coalition of partners from all sectors mobilising to generate intelligence, transfer good practices and drive change through inspirational role modelling and concrete diversity management practices. - First pilot diversity mentoring project launched in Sweden in collaboration with Circles Sweden (a Sodexo company) 2011 - After five years of intense advocacy of ENAR, in close collaboration with the European Roma Policy Coalition (ERPC), the European Union adopts a European framework for national strategies for the social inclusion of Roma. - ENAR decides to make Afrophobia and the situation of Black minorities in Europe one of its key targets. ENAR is the first European network to put the situation of people of African descent and Black Europeans at the core of its advocacy strategy. 2009 - Successful launch of the equal@work platform (called at that time “ad hoc expert group on promoting equality in employment”): an innovative multi-stakeholder coalition for the employment of ethnic minorities and migrants, gathering representatives of international companies, national and European public employers, trade unions and anti-racist NGOs from across Europe. - ENAR and its members contribute to the mainstreaming of the specific situation of ethnic & religious minorities and migrants through the Open Method of Coordination in the National Plans for Social Inclusion (UK, Malta, Lithuania, …). ENAR is also involved in the development of indicators and benchmarks for the social inclusion of ethnic and religious minorities and migrants in social inclusion policies. 2008 - The EU adopts the first legal instrument to combat racist crime and violence in a consistent and effective manner across the EU. Since 2001, ENAR was instrumental in getting a proposal for a Framework Decision on Racism and Xenophobia by the European Commission, and kept up the pressure on the European Institutions and the EU Member States until the adoption of this legislation in 2008. - ENAR is a key player in obtaining from the European Commission a proposal for a “horizontal anti-discrimination Directive”, meant to increase the protection against discrimination on the grounds of religion & belief, sexual orientation, disability and age in areas beyond employment (as is the case for racial discrimination). The proposal has been blocked ever since by the EU Council of Member States, despite a number of positive reports and declarations by the European Parliament to which ENAR contributed successfully. - Inspired by its UK members, ENAR starts advocating for and developing a bottom up progressive narrative for equality and diversity for Europe, together with its members. Our narrative proposes alternative discourses and paradigms to the current exclusivist political discourses trending in the whole of Europe. Since 2010-2011, a growing number of organisations and think tanks have expressed the need for a narrative, including European Commission President Barroso himself, who has been actively promoting the urgency of a new narrative to pull Europe out of the crisis. ENAR is once again a trend setter at European level. - ENAR is the first European NGO which decides to adopt a long term strategic plan until 2030 with the view to regain agency and opportunities to drive the European Equality agenda. This long term planning has inspired other organisations over the years to make similar decisions, broadening ENAR’s possibilities to connect and further drive change. 2006-2007 - ENAR and its members are instrumental in ensuring infringement proceedings against a number of Member States in 2006-2007 that have led to the proper transposition of the Equality Directives. ENAR members have monitored the transposition of this legislation into national laws and its implementation across the EU since 2001. 2000 - From 1998 to 2000, ENAR and its members are key drivers of the NGO coalition that advocates for the adoption of EU legislation prohibiting racial discrimination in employment, education, health and access to goods and services. The Race and Employment Equality Directives are adopted in 2000.
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