Everyday racism in the Eurobubble

“Everyday racism in the Eurobubble” is an event organised by the trainee-led initiative Europeans of Colour+ (EoC+) and co-hosted by Queer Stagiaires. The lunchtime discussion, taking place on 21st February 2018 from 13:00h to 14:00h, aims to raise awareness on the underrepresentation of People of Colour, including Europeans of diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds, and to tackle the problem of everyday racism and discrimination within EU institutions.

A lack of diversity with regards to race and ethnicity becomes apparent when taking a look at the staff working for EU institutions, be it in the European Parliament or in the Commission. Data on ethnic or racial diversity in EU institutions, and in Europe is mostly unavailable, the relevance of this topic is highlighted in the “Second European Union Minorities and Discrimination Survey” by the European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) conducted in 2015 and 2016. The survey reveals that, in the previous five years, 4 out of 10 respondents felt discriminated against because of their ethnic or immigrant background in one or more areas of daily life. In fact, the highest five-year rate discrimination based on ethnic or immigrant background is indicated in the area of employment.

Amidst this institutional vacuum, EoC+ was established to address this problem through a bottom-up initiative from within the institutions of the European Union. EoC+ is working on ethnicity, race and religion-related issues in the EU work environment. The group is launching its awareness raising initiative to tackle the issue of everyday discrimination in EU institutions at their event at the end of February. The group created with great support from Queer Stagiaires a video showing different real-life situations in their work place. The aim is to sensitise EU staff and the broader public to situations in which People of Colour are made to feel as the Other, as different and even excluded. The goal of EoC+ is hence not to point fingers at people (as being racist) but to raise awareness about the (informal) institutional structures which perpetuate racism.

Are you interested in the debate? Feel free to join the event and register here. Deadline for registration is Monday, 19 February 2018, 12:00h.

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