Membership policy

Structure and Membership Policy

If you wish to become a member, please fill the membership Form, and send a scanned copy to kahina@enorb.eu

ENORB was founded as an EU Equality Network covering the fundamental human rights of freedom and non-discrimination in the field of Religion and Belief, and was registered with the Moniteur Belge as a not-for-profit association (Association Sans But Lucratif – ASBL) in May 2012. The membership structure, based on the ENORB statutes (statuts), is in two categories: Full Members (membres effectifs) and Associate Members (adhérents). The rights, benefits and responsibilities of each category are:

Full Member Organisations:

  • Yearly membership fee (max 50 euros)
  • Voting rights at AGM, for member organisations that have paid membership fees
  • Have the right to submit candidates to the ENORB board
  • Possibility to apply to participate as partners in ENORB projects and for subgrants for local seminars,
  • Sharing information in the newsletters
  • Invitations to seminars & events, with travel and accommodation covered when applicable
  • Join advocacy initiatives and coalitions on key issues at EU
  • Support for local and national initiatives to build mutual understanding and combat discrimination
  • Funding for local projects when available
  • Capacity-building for members to increase national and community impact

Adherent or Associate Members:

  • Free of charge. Available to all who attend an ENORB event, or by email application
  • Receive newsletters, invitations to seminars, events etc.
  • May attend AGM, but without voting rights

The membership policy of ENORB has always been to be as open as possible, to all organisations with a concern for freedom and non-discrimination in the field of religion and belief, including organisations which may not necessarily be legally registered or formally structured.  Membership is subject to regular review by the board to ensure respect of anti-discrimination principles and the EU Charter of Fundamental rights.

At seminars members may join by filling in a signed form, which includes a commitment to the full implementation of equal rights for all categories protected under the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights. The membership list, including all new members, is subject to regular review at ENORB board meetings. In line with the practice of other EU Equality Networks, membership lists are freely available if requested by a bona fide enquirer, but are not published on the website.  This restriction is necessary in order to protect the confidentiality of member organisations in certain European countries where there has been hostility or persecution of religious or other minority groups.

Certain membership benefits, eg offering financial support such as free or subsidised travel expenses to European seminars, or funding for local seminars, are available only when there is a budget sufficient to cover costs.

ENORB also maintains an open mailing list for all interested individuals who wish to receive newsletters and information on its events and projects. Subscription to this mailing list is free of charge, available on demand and after attending ENORB events and is not subject to any others conditions of membership.

 

Governance

ENORB’s legal status and constitution are defined in its Statuts deposited with the Moniteur Belge in 2011 on its registration as a not-for-profit association (Association Sans But Lucratif) in May 2012.  ENORB’s major structural and policy decisions are made by a board consisting of up to 12 full members (membres effectifs), each representing a member organisation.  Board members are elected annually at the General Assembly (AGM), which is normally held in June.  The board elects its officers – President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer – at its first meeting after the AGM. Extraordinary GA meetings may be held at other times at the request of two or more members. The board meets 3-4 times per year.  The quorum for board meetings is a minimum of 3 full members. In addition, representatives of other member organisations may be invited to attend and contribute to specific items of the agenda at board meetings with observer status (ie without voting rights).

 

Professional Team

ENORB’s management and direction of its operational activities are in the hands of its professional team, currently a Director, and an Administration Manager, based in ENORB’s head office in Brussels at 323, Rue du Progrės, 1030, Brussels, with support from a deputy director, currently based in Bucharest.

Conflict resolution and Religion/Beliefs ENORB Seminar

Peace Building in an Age of Rage

Tuesday 12TH MARCH 2019, Holy Trinity Brussels Anglican Church (Rue Capitaine Crespel 29, 1050 BRUSSELS 
register here

The European Network on Religion and Belief will be convening a workshop on religion / belief and conflict resolution. Several peace processes have recently demonstrated the need to inclusively engage religious leaders and faith-based actors with a focus on inclusion of all — including minorities and local communities — in official negotiations to reach political settlement to conflicts.

The presence of religion in societies is a permanent reality that has far-reaching impact and influence. Whilst there exists some concerns about religion as a cause of conflicts, the reality is often much more complex with other underlining factors and the conflation of issues. Religions can play a complementary social and political role. Religious actors also shoulder responsibilities to help avert conflicts whether inter-religious, armed conflicts, hostilities and in post-war realities such as rebuilding society and fostering harmony and reconciliation between communities.

This is particularly the case for conflicts in which religious dynamics have co-shaped and driven the course of conflict and contributed towards its imperviousness to resolution. In such conflicts, religious actors and communities often feel that they have interests at stake in political negotiations related to the peace processes, and, if excluded, may subsequently disrupt and spoil official negotiations.

It is against this backdrop that ENORB is convening this timely workshop, engaging academics and practitioners alike to share and exchange diverse experiences in an inclusive discussion. [1] The workshop aims to inform future peace negotiations to encourage more thoughtful, effective engagement of religious leaders and faith based-actors.

The workshop will include facilitated conversations on the roles of religious actors in formal and informal peace processes, with an emphasis on the vital input of local communities and religious/ethnic minorities.

Programme

10:00                         Arrival, registration, coffee

10:30                          Introduction on Religion and Conflict Resolution — Salpy Eskidjan, WCC Religious Track.

11:00- 12.30              Panel 1: Peace-building and religion / belief: experiences and lessons learned

  • Olivia Caeymaex, Peace Programme Lead, Quaker Council for European Affairs — Quakers manual on peace-building and the gender approach
  • Michael Hansmann, Director-Brot für die Welt — Role of faith-based actors on humanitarian aids and advocacy in EU
  • Alice Kooij Martinez, Senior Advocacy Officer-Pax Christi International — Conflict resolution and peace-building – Pax Christi approach

12.30-13.30               Lunch break

13.30-14.30              Workshops/ Case Studies:

  • Northern Ireland Facilitator: Barbara Walshe, Chair-Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation
  • Balkans Facilitator: Dr Abdullah Faliq, Managing Director, The Cordoba Foundation; ENORB Board Member
  • Cyprus Facilitator: Salpy Eskidjan, WCC Religious Track

14.30-16:00              Panel: Peace in the Age of Rage

  • Speakers tbc

16:00-17:00              Conclusion / Networking & Coffee

Call for application : Consultant for a Organisational Development Plan

ENORB is recruiting a consultant for a short-term mission.

The consultant will have to develop an organisational development plan in order to help the organisation in it professionalisation journey. The objective will be to guide ENORB to:

  • deliver better services to its network and partner
  • build the core work of the professional team
  • implement processes and procedures
  • build its capacity

This Needs Assessment audit of ENORB’s organisational development, with the involvement of officers, board and selected members, facilitated by an expert specialising in equalities and anti-discrimination work, would include meetings with key players and members, leading to a joint meeting to feed back initial findings and develop an organisational development plan before the fall.

Candidate profile :

  • Previous experience on strategical plan
  • Good communication and writing skills
  • Fluency in English
  • Ability to write clear and concise report
  • Familiar with EU Anti-discrimination narrative
  • Preferably based in Brussels or comfortable and efficient working from a distance

What we offer:

The mission will be paid 3000€ VTA included. We also provide office space near Brussels North station. ENORB is strongly committed to offer equal opportunity for all and seek to foster culture of diversity in term of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation and ability in the workplace.

 

To apply, please sent a resume and a cover letter (one document) to kahina@enorb.eu by 21 February 2019.

Only selected candidates will be contacted.

Islamophobia on EU agenda: need for more actions by States

Brussels, 4 December 2018 – Yesterday, the European Commission organised a high-level conference on anti-Muslim hatred, in the presence of Member States representatives and Commissioner Věra Jourová. A coalition of civil society organisations against Islamophobia [1]calls on European decision makers to strengthen the institutional recognition and mandate on Islamophobia.

Decision makers still have difficulties understanding Islamophobia as a systemic form of racism in Europe. However, the meeting acknowledged that it threatens full equality and fundamental rights principles and affects the whole of society, and some Member States made commitments to address the issue. Civil society organisations were central in shaping the debate and asking for more accountability from institutions and governments.

There has been increasing recognition and commitment at the European Union level to combating racism against Muslim people in Europe, or those perceived as such. This political commitment must lead to stronger understanding of the issue and concrete recommendations for actions to EU member states.

The current political context makes this all the more urgent. In several EU countries, islamophobic discourses are being used by government representatives and are shaping the way laws and policies are being developed and adopted, but also practices.

Amel Yacef, Chair of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) said: “This meeting is an important step towards tangible actions to combat Islamophobia. We now expect EU decision makers to keep this issue high on their agenda. Especially at a time when parties using blatant islamophobic rhetoric have come to power in a number of EU countries, they need to send a clear signal that they are committed to ensuring equality and inclusion for all members of society.”

EU Member States must tackle the structural manifestations of anti-Muslim hatred by adopting national policies against racism which include specific measures to counter Islamophobia, including intersectional discrimination targeting Muslim women. They should also ensure that counter-terrorism and counter-radicalisation measures are not discriminatory and respect fundamental rights.

We call on the European Commission and Member States to enable organisations working against Islamophobia to do their work without being delegitimised and having their resources and integrity threatened, as has been the case for several organisations. This not only prevents them from empowering communities and holding governments accountable but also contributes to the generalised suspicion towards Muslims in Europe. Instead, there is a need for meaningful collaboration with and participation of civil society organisations.

[1European Network Against Racism, European Network on Religion and Belief, European Forum of Muslim Women, Collective against Islamophobia in Belgium, Lallab, Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations.

 

 

KEY RECOMMENDATIONS FROM A COALITION OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS AGAINST ISLAMOPHOBIA

 

KEY RECOMMENDATIONS FROM A COALITION OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS AGAINST ISLAMOPHOBIA1

Secure institutional recognition and mandate to tackle Islamophobia effectively

December 2018

 

Islamophobia (anti-Muslim racism/anti-Muslim hatred) is a specific form of racism that refers to acts of violence and discrimination, as well as racist speech, fuelled by historical abuses and negative stereotyping and leading to exclusion and dehumanisation of Muslims, and all those perceived as such. Many manifestations of Islamophobia are structural in their nature, in the sense that discriminatory patterns against Muslims are embedded in policies, laws and practices of institutional or private bodies.

We welcome the high-level conference on tackling intolerance and discrimination against Muslims in the EU organised by the European Commission and the opportunity to tackle the issue comprehensively, while recognising civil society stakeholders as key partners with unique expertise. While there has been recognition of the issue at European Union level, obstacles remain as evidenced by the Fundamental Rights Agency’s report on Muslims and by the European Islamophobia report (2017). European institutions and EU Member

States need to strengthen and secure their mandate and actions to tackle Islamophobia, especially in these times of political transition.

As civil society, we have highlighted the following objectives that can be reached through specific actions, in close consultation, cooperation and full transparency with civil society experts. These are addressed to Member States and the European Institutions.

 

  1. Tackle the structural manifestations of Islamophobia by adopting measures in key policy areas
  • Support the adoption or improvement of national policies against racism, such as National Action Plans against Racism, with specific measures or strategies to counter Islamophobia, including measures to tackle intersectional discrimination targeting Muslim women (on the model of the Barcelona action plan against Islamophobia);
  • Adopt guidelines to implement an intersectional approach to religious dress restrictions by recognising these restrictions mostly target Muslim women and are against full gender equality. These guidelines could promote non-discriminatory approaches to enable full inclusion of all Muslim women in all areas of life. Assessment of existing legislation should be done taking into account this approach;
  • Develop and promote harmonisation of data collection in areas of hate crime and equality, recognising anti-Muslim bias as a category. These data should be disaggregated by multiple grounds of discrimination, including gender, race, ethnicity and religion.
  • Assess and acknowledge the discriminatory impact of counter-radicalisation and counter-terrorism measures and ensure that counter-terrorism measures comply with fundamental rights safeguards, especially when implementing the recently adopted EU counter-terrorism Directive.
  1. Secure safe and decent working conditions for civil society working against Islamophobia
  • Refrain from participating in/supporting often-unfounded accusations against civil society organisations working against Islamophobia. These are clear manifestations of the generalised suspicion towards Muslims in Europe. Civil society organisations in Europe are key democratic stakeholders which ensure that all communities are heard and empowered and hold governments accountable. However, civil society organisations working against Islamophobia are often severely delegitimised and may have their reputation, resources and integrity threatened.
  • Develop and strengthen funding programmes enabling civil society working against Islamophobia to develop long-term projects for capacity building, advocacy for equality, strategic litigation, educational programmes, etc. This should be included in the current EU budget negotiations. Facilitating access to these funds is also crucial to allow civil society to benefit from them.
  1. Consolidate the mandate of the European institutions to keep Islamophobia high on the agenda
  • Publish an outcome document following the high-level meeting on combating anti-Muslim hatred, highlighting the main gaps in equality of outcomes for Muslims in the EU and exploring ways forward for Member States to address these gaps. The document could also include main relevant policy areas, existing EU laws or policy initiatives, international standards and examples of promising practices by Member States. This would help gather in one document all existing work and standards, as well as main issues, and would act as a roadmap for European Commission officials when interacting with Member State representatives;
  • Based on this document and existing research and recommendations, develop a list of actions on combatting Islamophobia with concrete objectives and targets;
  • Organise a good practice exchange seminar (on the model of the Greek event on multiple discrimination and intersectionality) or an EU Presidency conference (on the model of Austrian Presidency’s conference on antigypsyism) for Member States to follow-up on sharing and implementing actions in this field;
  • Include combating anti-Muslim hatred as a priority in forthcoming communications related to tackling racism and the future of the EU high-level group on combating racism and related intolerance;
  • Secure the position of the EU coordinator on combating anti-Muslim hatred as long as it does not replace strong political will, actions and effective policies. Clarity about the role should be ensured by a clear mandate and transparent communication and consultation process.

1: European Network Against Racism, European Network on Religion and Belief, European Forum of Muslim Women, Collective against Islamophobia in Belgium, Lallab, Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations and others (full list available here)