ABOUT RÓWNOŚĆ.INFO (EQUALITY.INFO)

This website takes the form of a collection of publications, journals and good practices concerning anti-discriminatory activities and the wider theme of equality.

Our intention was to create an interactive space where users can readily find currently published material, keep up with the latest developments as well as present their own fieldwork, including promoting their own publication, interesting project or recommending an event or good practice. It should also be a place where one can find answers to legal questions on tackling discrimination as well as sourcing specific institutions providing help. We would like to create and develop this space together with individuals, organisations and institutions for whom equality, diversity and anti-discrimination are essential issues.

The website is divided into six sections:

  • virtual reading room and library
  • equality dictionary
  • anti-discriminatory good practices
  • legal handbook on anti-discriminatory law
  • database of NGOs active in the field of equality
  • events

Each part of the website is interrelated, thus logically complementing and enhancing each other. Therefore, checking an entry in the dictionary will immediately source what kind of publications are on the website concerning that specific entry as well as its reference in the legal section or description in the anti-discriminatory good practices section.

Please now feel free to browse our collection.

[Virtual Reading Room and Library]

We collect publications (books, press articles, films as well as various types of documents, regulations, legal rulings, school syllabi and educational material) which widely cover the issues of equality, diversity and anti-discrimination in reference to various groups and areas of social life, including the labour market, media, law, health, education, etc. A large part of these resources is available in an online version as the main goal was to create a virtual reading room with materials in both Polish and English.

We felt it was very important that our resource collection should be as knowledge-rich as possible which is why we are not only confining it to Polish language material. Therefore, you will find many English language publications, such as European Commission reports on equality of opportunity for women and men, publications on the politics of gender mainstreaming, multiple discrimination, ethnic/racial profiling and reports concerning incidents of discrimination in both EU member states and those outside of it.

The virtual library was set up because a real need existed to collect and make available in one place all currently published material concerning equality, diversity and anti-discrimination. For many years, publishers, NGOs and various other institutions have been focused on these issues, devoting time, effort and commitment resulting in many, often interesting publications, reports, conference and training material originating from interesting projects but being too widely dispersed for convenient access. Even being on the websites of particular organisations does not make them commonly accessible so we want every valuable material relevant to our interests to be available in the virtual library of this website.

The resources collected on our website can be browsed by:

conditions of discrimination (i.e. gender, ethnic/national background, race, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, social background, religion, non-religious affiliation, physical disability, sensory disability, mental disability, health status, language) as well as thematic areas (i.e. labour market, education, media, state/law, government, health care, society, history, architecture, science, art, religion and psychology) and all materials having attributed tags. Materials can also be searched by type and form of publication.

[Equality Dictionary]

This well-devised dictionary acts as a resource of entries and definitions on the widely conceived themes of equality and diversity. Its aim is, on the one hand, to help understand the terminology found in the published texts on the website and on the other, readily-comprehensible descriptions within specific entries of issues.

Experts from the fields of law, science and crucially for us, practitioners worked on the entries and definitions. The latter actually dealing with such issues during their daily work and are able to show how they occur in everyday life. Each expert wanted to ensure that every entry was both defined and connected to a theme, thereby showing its context and practical aspects. Each entry is also provided with relevant sources and publications found in our website’s library.

The current dictionary includes over 200 entries and will be constantly updated. Click HERE for the current list of available entries.

 [Good anti-discriminatory practices]

The collection of good practices on equality and anti-discriminatory action is divided into the following twelve categories:

- socially-aware art
- equality monitoring
- accessibility to physical space and information
- anti-discriminatory education
- equality advocacy
- violence prevention
- social campaigns/measures and interventions
- equality campaigns
- diversity management
- multiculturalism
- equality in public/state structures
- socially-engaged art

 

The information assembled here functions as an essential overview to the bigger programmes and projects which were devised and implemented as good practice. However, what primarily interest us are the tools, models and forms of work or co-operation and dissemination of strategies, etc.

The main factor in the selection of good practices is change, how it came about (or might in the longer term) as a result of implementing the project. How attitudes, modus operandi, project participants, institutions, organisations and in fact everything that can be attributed to the wide scope of the targeted project have changed. The next important element to be taken into consideration is replication. The possibility to transfer a given practice to another area: a different region, town or adapted to a different target group. In our opinion, the easier it is to achieve such a transfer, the greater the sense of not only promoting the scope of the given project but its method of implementation. This concerns both the solutions which led to the project’s organisational success as well as its overall one.

Through the choice of these specific good practices we want to show how effective projects can be implemented beyond standard practices by focusing on themes which are often difficult yet at the same time interesting. Themes, which are establishing new levels of quality in urban spaces, blazing new trails in attitudes about children’s and young people’s education or advocating equality of opportunity in areas so far not associated with active equality practices or anti-discriminatory work as, for example, the army. However, showing opportunities for solving the most pressing problems is the key.

The choice of good practices is above all our subjective choice. The basic rules, how we direct the setting of regulations, however the final decision belongs to/depends on how much, in our opinion, a given project or a given practice has a positive way affects the way of perceive an issue and context/environment connected to equality and diversity and how it promotes anti-discriminatory work/practices.

We hope that this catalogue of good practices will be continually enlarged. We intend to actively seek more out, however we will be grateful for hints or suggestions from the user’s side. We are interested in both Polish and foreign practices which is why we would be very willing to receive interesting examples from different countries to this address fundacja@rownosc.info

[Legal handbook on anti-discriminatory law]

The legal department is divided into three main areas:

  • e-legal guide for those wanting to counter discrimination. It describes situations where such occurrences can exist in areas like employment, health, social insurance, administrative procedures, education, unprotected employment, access to goods and services;
  • jurisprudence – this part includes the choice of jurisprudence and presents  different legal aspects outlawing discrimination, covering rulings from the European Union Court of Justice, national courts and the European Union Court of Human Rights – the authoritative court for member countries of the Council of Europe. Although national jurisprudence is becoming more and more complex, in reference to some issues or areas of life, they are still not answering the doubts concerning interpretation arising from applying anti-discriminatory rules in practice. A useful and recommended expertise in this area should therefore, be the judgements of international courts.
  • Judiacary Guide – how to effectively assert claims of discrimination in labour, criminal and civil court proceedings. One part of this also includes templates of letters such as a lawsuit in labour court proceedings; an appeal in labour court proceedings; notification of offence; subsidiary indictment; appeal in criminal proceedings; a lawsuit in civil court proceedings as well as appeal proceedings in a civil court.

The above study was prepared by lawyers from the Polish Association of Anti-discriminatory Law, Foundation Supporting Physically Disabled Mathematicians and IT Specialist (Białystock branch) as well as the Centre for Women’s Rights.


[Data base of NGOs on equality]

The data base includes information about organisations from all over Poland which are active in equality and anti-discriminatory practices, reflecting different types of help and services such as:

-  direct action
- research, statistics
- data bases
- e-learning
- pro-health education
- grants, subsidies, scholarships
- contacts with courts
- contacts with government institutions
- lobbying
- educational material
- monitoring
- watchdogs
- legal counselling
- psychological counselling
- running a reading room, library
- bookeeping
- advocacy
- information service, newsletter
- socially-engaged art
- therapy
- creating laws
- training workshops.

In order to find the above practices in our data base they should come under the following problem areas:

  • discrimination on account of disability
  • discrimination on account of sexual orientation
  • discrimination on account of gender
  • discrimination on account of ethnic / national background
  • discrimination on account of religion / no religious affiliation
  • discrimination on account of health
  • discrimination on account of social-economic status
  • discrimination on account of age
  • discrimination on account of appearance
  • mobbing
  • molestation / sexual molestation
  • human rights
  • domestic violence
  • sexual violence
  • citizen-state relations

The main aim for creating this data base was to gather as much information as we could on the possibility of receiving help, information or establishing co-operation with specific organisations for individuals and institutions. The data collected is divided by region and could be found in specific organisations in your neighbourhood.

 

 [Events]

We are running the latest information about current events concerning equality and anti-discriminatory themes. We are trying to follow up reports about new projects, publications, meetings, conferences and seminars on this subject. We are counting on the involvement of users of this website to send us information about such events to [email protected]

Contact
EQUALITY.INFO Foundation
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