GendeRace - Policy brief 1
Policy brief 1
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Friday, 10 October 2008

The use of racial anti-discrimination laws N° 1

Gender and citizenship in a multicultural context - October 2008

The Free University of Brussels (ULB) and the University of Barcelona (UB) are managing a European
research project entitled The Use of Racial Anti-discrimination Laws: Gender and Citizenship in a
Multicultural Context (GendeRace), covering six EU member states: Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany,
Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The GendeRace project, funded by the European Union’s
Seventh Framework programme, explores the effectiveness of Racial Discriminations laws from the
point of view of the target group and in a gender perspective.


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Focusing specifically on “race”, ethnic and gender discrimination, the project’s objectives are:

  • To deepen understanding of the impact of gender on the experience of racial/ethnic discrimination;
  • To improve the knowledge of the combined effects of racial/ethnic and gender discrimination in order to reveal the various forms of specific discrimination that women experience;
  • To deepen understanding of the impact of gender on the treatment of complaints;
  • To improve knowledge of the motivations underlying the use of the law and of the expectations of the complainants;
  • To test key theories concerning the effects of a ground specific approach to antidiscrimination legislation on the treatment of double discrimination based on “race”/ethnicity and gender;
  • To develop practical tools to assess the effectiveness of policies and practices in the field of antidiscrimination in order to take into account the intersectional dimension of discrimination.

The GendeRace project started in February 2008 and will run for 30 months when a final conference will be held to present the major findings.


Document PDF 5 pages 1882 Ko