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.
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
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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.
Unia’s survey on the acceptance of homosexuals/bisexuals: a positive evolution in mind-set even though there is still progress to be made
Upon Unia's request, iVOX conducted a survey among 1,000 people on the social perception of homosexuality/bisexuality and attitudes towards LGB (lesbians, gays and bisexuals) people. Despite an advanced legislative framework and positively evolving social acceptance, the survey revealed continuing blockages among certain groups or in sectors such as teaching and employment.
Recent publications Sexual orientation
Diversity Barometer Education (2018)
Unia commissioned a study to be carried out about equal opportunities in the schools in the three Communities in Belgium. The Diversity Barometer Education is the final part of a triptych. The first two parts were about Employment (2012) and Housing (2014).
Evaluation of federal anti-discrimination legislation (2017)
Article 52 of the Anti-Discrimination Law states that the application and effectiveness of the anti-discrimination laws must be assessed by the Legislative Chambers. Unia has prepared an assessment report on the Anti-Discrimination Law and the Anti-Racism Law based on its own practical experience, national jurisprudence and its general expertise in the fight against discrimination.
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