A woman loses her job after revealing that she is a lesbian; a landlord only wants to rent out his apartment to 'normal families'; a leisure club refuses two homosexual men membership under the pretext that their presence might 'shock' people; etc.
The Anti-discrimination Law offers a legal framework that helps combat:
- refusals to hire or dismissals, refusals to rent, regulatory provisions excluding homosexuals (couples): direct or indirect discrimination;
- incitement to hatred, violence and discrimination: hate speech;
- various types of violence, physical and verbal aggression, bullying at school, at the workplace, during sports, on the internet and social media: hate crimes.
What does Unia do?
Unia combats homophobia and, more broadly, all expressions of discrimination, rejection, exclusion, hate or violence, based on sexual orientation by:
- advising and supporting discriminated persons;
- informing everyone of their rights (anti-discrimination legislation);
- providing training for the police and the public prosecutor’s office;
- organising awareness-raising campaigns, especially during the International Day Against Homophobia (17 May);
- consulting with associations;
- establishing reports and studies and providing authorities with recommendations;
- gathering all data in Belgium on discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in a database.
If you are discriminated against or are witness to discrimination based on your gender identity or gender expression, Unia can put you in touch with the Institute for the Equality of Women and Men.
Victim or witness
Recent articles Sexual orientation
Jonatas and Tim testify: “In the end, every effort we made was worthwhile”
When Jonatas and Tim became victims of homophobic violence, they decided to take immediate action. They asked the police and Unia for help: two years after their report, the perpetrators were convicted by the court. We let Jonatas and Tim speak.
A new project to improve the collection and processing of equality data in Belgium
"Improving equality data collection in Belgium" (IEDCB) is a Belgian project co-funded by the European Commission's Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) programme. It is carried out in partnership by the Equal Opportunities Team (FOD Justitie - SPF Justice) and Unia.
Recent publications Sexual orientation
Data on (in)equality & discrimination in Belgium: results of the project ‘Improving equality data collection in Belgium’ (2021)
"Improving equality data collection in Belgium” (IEDCB) is a Belgian project co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) programme of the Directorate-General for Justice of the European Commission. It was realised thanks to a partnership between Unia and the Equal Opportunities Team of the Federal Public Service for Justice. The project aims to improve the collection and processing of equality data in Belgium.
Annual report 2020: vulnerable human rights in times of crisis
In this extraordinary year, Unia continued to fight for human rights and equality. The corona pandemic acted like a magnifying glass. Those already in a vulnerable position were often the first or hardest hit by Covid-19 or its measures.
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