Legal instruments are essential in the fight against discrimination and for equal opportunities, but do not suffice. Additional efforts are needed; you must monitor and evaluate policy measures, identify and analyse discrimination mechanisms in the various areas of society, follow up violations of antidiscrimination legislation, develop campaigns to inform and raise awareness, and so forth.
All these activities and measures have a common denominator: scientific knowledge. Information from (population) statistics and scientific research is a first means of exposing the often invisible underlying processes of discrimination. In this way we can tackle discrimination more efficiently, in a more targeted and, most of all, more substantiated way.
Unia wants to play a pioneering role in this. By giving a detailed view of its cases using numbers. By developing statistical resources itself, under the banner of 'To measure is to know'. And by assembling statistical sources from other institutions and organisations.