The intermediate results of the Multiversity project were publicly presented

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On June 23rd 2023, after nine months of research and consultation with stakeholders - including NGOs, public entities, trade union and employers' confederations, European platforms and key informants in the area of Law - the intermediate results of the Multiversity project were publicly presented. In terms of diagnosis of needs, the following points were highlighted:
• Broadening of the categories initially defined as target of study (gender, ethno-racial origin, sexual orientation and gender identity and disability, also considering socio-economic consequences), now also including age, language and nationality;
• Urgent focus on (further) training/awareness raising on equality and non-discrimination in several key sectors. The public and administrative services, the health sector, education, justice and the security forces should be highlighted;
• Fighting precariousness and lack of financial, technical and human resources in NGOs and public entities;
• The need to monitor the application of the law as independently as possible, starting with the implementation of the international recommendations addressed to Portugal;
• Difficulties resulting from the dispersion/fragmentation of legal texts, such as obstacles in accessing information and full knowledge of rights;
• The need to recognise and prohibit intersectional forms of discrimination and to promote policies to eliminate them;
• The creation of temporary special measures for certain vulnerable groups;
• Difficulties of proof in cases of direct discrimination, aggravated in cases of multiple discrimination, and the inability of the judiciary to recognise systems of oppression;
• Need to facilitate inter-agency collaboration;
• The need to avoid the (over)fragmentation of data on discrimination, which prevents a holistic and intersectional reading of existing discrimination.
Based on this diagnosis, a recommendation for a legal and institutional redesign was also presented: one single law covering the various categories of discrimination listed, as well as multiple discrimination - and one single institution (which we call the Ombudsperson for Equality) to apply and enforce it.
During the Workshop, which was attended by around 30 people, a video was also launched (available onfacebooke oninstagram) to raise awareness of the reality of multiple and intersectional discrimination and the need for appropriate responses."