19th March European Summit Against Racism

On Friday, March 19th, the European Commission organized a Summit Against Racism at the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March). This Summit, co-hosted by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the ARDI Intergroup of the European Parliament, is a historic event since it the first of its kind organized by the Commission. As Baron Woolley of Woodford said during his speech, the rise of BLM movement last spring across the world created a window opportunity to talk about racism in high-level politics. The Commission expressed that the Summit against Racism will be reconducted each year from now on.

The purpose of the Summit was to address the implementation of the European Anti-Racism Action Plan. It engaged “all relevant stakeholders in discussing and setting priorities on how to eradicate racism in all its forms in the European Union, prompting strong commitments in particular by the representatives of the Member States and of EU institutions on the implementation of the Action plan and the EU anti-racism agenda in general.” This Summit also aimed to set up cooperation with civil society such as organizations working on issues related to ethnic and racial minorities.

Polish case against posters of the Virgin Mary. Three activists face two years in prison for portraying Mary with a rainbow halo

Three Polish women are on trial under a blasphemy law, for ‘offending religious feelings’ by making posters of the Virgin Mary with a rainbow halo, and face up to two years in prison if convicted. The trial, is attracting international attention, both for the use of a blasphemy law to protect religious feelings (many countries have abolished blasphemy as a criminal offence, as recommended by the UNHRC) and for discrimination against LGBT rights. The women put up the posters to protest against a traditional Easter display at a church near Warsaw. The display listed the sins that believers were supposed to battle against — such as traditional ones like “greed,” “hate,” or “envy”, but also including “LGBT” and “gender.”

One of the accused told the court, “The immediate reason for our action was the homophobic and hurtful installation,” for Easter Day in this church, adding that she was a religious believer and saw nothing untoward about the protest using the image of Mary, “the universal symbol of the love of a mother and child.”  She said that they used the posters to complain about what she called the “hypocrisy” of the church which hasn’t dealt with pedophilia scandals while it attacks LGBTQ people. In protest against what they saw as a display of hate, the women placed posters around the church featuring a depiction of the black Madonna — but with Mary and Jesus with rainbow halos.
One of them was arrested and her apartment was searched in what the Helsinki Human Rights Foundation said was police action “deliberately used as a form of repression”.

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VACANCY: OFFICE MANAGER

Office Manager

Part-Time

 

The European Network on Religion and Beliefs has built an active civil society platform of different religions, beliefs and convictions to combat discrimination and hate crime, especially against minorities, and promote EU fundamental rights and freedoms. We facilitate dialogue between Religion and Belief traditions of all kinds at European and local levels, and support development of similar networks across Europe. As one of the EU Equality Networks, we support intersectional initiatives to promote a culture of non-discrimination on all grounds. ENORB is a membership-based organisation, with 45 full members and over 100 adherents across Europe.

ENORB is looking for a part-time self-employed office manager for their office in Brussels.

Responsibilities include:

  • Office management
  • Email systems administration
  • Invoice management and payment
  • Grant financial budgeting and reporting
  • Annual organization budget and financial reporting
  • Event management assistance

Skills:

  • Knowledge of Microsoft programs
  • Budgeting or finance experience
  • Flexibility
  • Working knowledge of English
  • Sensitive to multi-cultural environment and the importance to inclusive activity
  • Organizational skills
  • Communication capacity
  • Working knowledge of Dutch is an asset

 

ENORB is a small professional office and you will be an essential part of the team. The work responsibilities and role can be flexible and expand to include other responsibilities for applicants with specific expertise or interests (ie: grant researching and writing, social media content creation, website management, promotional material, etc), besides for the core office management responsibilities.

The current responsibilities of the office manager require around 5 hours a week, occasionally more when events take place, paying 30€ an hour. However, the rate and work responsibilities will be discussed further depending on the applicant’s experience and interests.

ENORB wishes to offer equal opportunities, candidates from all background are encouraged to apply, regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, beliefs and class. Also, the office is accessible to wheelchairs. However, unfortunately we are not yet in a position to sponsor a work permit.

Short listed candidates will be contacted to arranged an interview an online interview. The position will be filled when suitable candidate is found.

Please send your CV and cover letter to kahina@enorb.eu.

 

Internship POSITION

The European Network on Religion and Beliefs has built an active civil society platform of different religions, beliefs and convictions to combat discrimination and hate crime, especially against minorities, and promote EU fundamental rights and freedoms. We facilitate dialogue between Religion and Belief traditions of all kinds at European and local levels, and support development of similar networks across Europe. As one of the EU Equality Networks, we support intersectional initiatives to promote a culture of non-discrimination on all grounds. ENORB is a membership-based organisation, with 45 full members and over 100 adherents across Europe.

 

Purpose of the position:

ENORB is seeking a full-time intern for a period up to 6 months, starting in March 2021. They will assist the director on the advocacy works on anti-discrimination and Freedom of Religion and Belief

Key responsibilities:

  • Monitoring French speaking medias outlets on hate speech, under the Get the Trolls outs project
  • support the advocacy work on Anti-Discrimination
  • drafting the monthly newsletter
  • secretariat for the board meetings
  • Support the drafting of our next Strategical Planning 2021-2023

 

Qualifications

  • currently enrolled in master degree or recently graduated, in relevant subject (political sciences, sociology, anthropology, economics…).
  • Experience in Anti-Discrimination
  • Fluent in English, proficiency in French
  • Good analytical, writing and communications skills in English; ability to communicate new and complex concepts logically and effectively (essential);
  • Policy experience (desirable).
  • Literacy in Mailchimp

All candidates are encouraged to share all relevant experiences, paid and voluntary,  skills and qualifications.

What we offer

The intern will be offered a fixed monthly fee/compensation of 215EU per month and reimbursement of public transport.

ENORB wishes to offer equal opportunities, candidates from all background are encouraged to apply, regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, beliefs and class. Also, the office is accessible to wheelchairs. However, unfortunately we are not yet in a position to sponsor a work permit.

How to apply:

Please send a CV and a cover letter, in one document, to kahina@enorb.eu, with subject: internship+ name

By the February 14 , 2021

Short listed candidates will be contacted to arranged an interview an online interview.  All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application (for full application, correctly submitted).

KEY RECOMMENDATIONS FROM CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS AGAINST ISLAMOPHOBIA TO MEMBER STATES AND EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS

Workshop on synergies and good practices on tackling anti-Muslim racism and discrimination

25th June 2019-Madrid 

As civil society organisations, we have highlighted the following recommendations that can be reached through specific actions, in close consultation, cooperation and full transparency with civil society experts.

 

  1. Tackle the structural manifestations of Islamophobia by adopting measures in key policy areas
  • Recognition of islamophobia (anti-Muslim racism/anti-Muslim hatred)  as a specific form of racism Islamophobia 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.
  • 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.
  •  Ensure the safety of Muslim worship places, in dialogue with the communities involved.
  • Following the Council of Europe’s example, establish the day against Islamophobia on the 21th September as a date for raising awareness across Europe on the challenges and pr otection of Muslims

 

  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 thus improving eligibility criteria to suit the realities of small NGOs is crucial to allow Csos to benefit from them.
  1. Consolidate the mandate of the European institutions to keep Islamophobia high on the agenda
  • Develop a roadmap on combating Islamophobia with concrete objectives and targets;
  • 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.

Signatories:

AEQUITAS (Cyprus)

AFD International (Belgium)

Alliance Citoyenne (France)

Asociacion Musulmana por los Derechos Humanos (Spain)

CLAIM – Allianz gegen Islam – und Muslimfeindlichkeit (Germany)

Collectief tegen Islamofobie en Discriminatie (Netherlands)

Collective Against Islamophobia in Belgium (Belgium)

Collective Against Islamophobia in France (France)

COREIS Islamic Religious Community (Italy)

Dokustelle – Dokumentations- und Beratungsstelle Islamfeindlichkeit & antimuslimischer Rassismus (Austria)

ECPI-Euroregional Center for Public Initiatives (Romania)

Euro-Mediterraan Centrum Migratie & Ontwikkeling- EMCEMO (Netherlands)

European Forum of Muslim Women (Europe)

European Network Against Racism (Europe)

European Network on Religion and Belief (Europe)

Faiths Without Borders (Finland)

Fondazione L’Albero della Vita (Italy)

Forum of European Muslim Youth And Student Organisations (Europe)

Lallab France (France)

Muslim Association of Greece (Greece)

Organizacion Nacional para el Dialogo y la Participacion (Spain)

Ramiaschannel

Stichting Platform Islamitische Organisaties Rijnmond- SPIOR (Netherlands)

United Religion Initiative (Netherlands)