Anti-discrimination work and sensitivity in times of Corona
Structurally discriminated groups and individuals can be particularly affected by COVID-19. Measures for viral containment must therefore be designed in a way that is sensitive to discrimination, in order to protect particularly vulnerable people and not to further increase already existing structural discrimination and risks. Racism, disability, sexism or social status play into the crisis and reinforce existing inequalities and power gaps. This is pointed out in the current press release of the Anti-Discrimination Association Germany (advd), which is joined by anti-discrimination advice centres and associations.
In their paper "Social Distancing vor dem Hintergrund sozialer Ausgrenzung", the colleagues from "Amplifying Voices", a federal model project of the FMFMSCWY, and adis e.V. show which options for action those affected by discrimination have, how in state decisions heterogeneity can be taken into account and how, in a team, current demands and contradictions can be dealt with.
Support during the crisis
In case you need acute psychological support or are threatened by domestic violence, you can get anonymous and mostly free advice here:
Help telephone: "Violence against women" in 17 foreign languages, sign language and light language: 08000 116 016
Pastoral telephone service: 0800 11 10 111 or 0800 11 10 222
Children and youth telephone: 0800 11 10 333
Addiction and drug hotline: 01805 31 30 31 (with costs) or 089 2420 800 (connection costs only)
Muslim pastoral care telephone: 030 443 509 821 (connection costs only)
Confidential telephone (Jewish hotline): 0221 261 850 (connection costs only)
Transgender Day of Remembrance
On November 20, the people who were killed by trans*phobic violence are remembered. The Trans* Day of Remembrance (TDOR) has its origins in the internet project "Remebering Our Dead", which Gwendolyn Ann Smith initiated twenty years ago in memory of the murder of Rita Hester, a Black trans* woman, which was hardly noticed by the media and has still not been solved.
Especially Black, Indigenous and Trans* Women of Color who are active in sex work become victims of trans attacks year after year. During Transgender Awareness Week, various organizations and individuals draw attention to the discrimination and murder of trans* and gender diverse people.
Anti-Discrimination Work Conference
On 22 October 2019, the Network Against Discrimination in Bremen and Bremerhaven will be inviting participants to free lectures, workshops and mutual exchange on the topic of "Strengthening through Networking" at the DGB House in Bremen. The aim of the day is to visualise and network the various alliances, initiatives, (N)GOs and individual actors in the field of anti-discrimination.
Topics will include discrimination based on precarious residence, of women* as well as people with disabilities and empowerment strategies in the world of work.
The organisers ask for written registration by 13 October.
A new study on the work situation of LGBT+ persons has been published by the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency
In July 2017, a new study on the work situation of LGBT+ persons was published by the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency. As the results show, the situation of LGBT+ workers has not altered much in the past ten years or so. It is, though, possible to identify a positive development in that there is more openness for lesbian and gay workers in dealing with their sexuality. Today, according to the report, 28.9 percent openly communicate with all colleagues about their sexual identity. In 2007 this was only 12.7 percent. Nearly a third of respondents do not speak openly about their own sexual identity with any or with only a few of their colleagues. In 2007 this was 51.9 percent. The figures show a positive development in society in this regard, towards more acceptance of sexual identities.
Nevertheless, this is still unsatisfactory. The situation is particularly alarming for transgender employees: 69.0 percent of them have no or very few colleagues who they talk with openly about their gender or sexual identity. In addition, discrimination remains a part of everyday life experience for LGBT+ workers. Three out of four respondents (76.3 percent) reported experiencing discrimination in the workplace.
The ADE advises on all issues surrounding discrimination in education, studies and work, including sexual or gender identity.
Stereotypes at universities
“Women are more socially minded than men” or “Men are better at math than women”: These are just two examples of the evaluation, perception or judgment of gender behavior.
Gender stereotyping is still widespread in higher education. Identifying and understanding this phenomenon is the first step towards more gender equity.
LIBRA, an association of ten research institutes in the field of life sciences in ten European countries, has developed a test to make participants more aware of gender issues.
If you want to know how strongly you are influenced by gender stereotyping, take the test.
Learning without Barriers: Guidelines for Teaching Staff
Together with the Contact and Information Center for Students with Disabilities or Chronic Illnesses (KIS), the Syndicate Handicap (IGH) has published a set of new guidelines for the teaching staff of the University of Bremen.
“What does it mean to study with a disability and / or chronic illness?
First of all, what it means for everyone; that is simply studying, being at the University, being curious, learning, investing time and effort into your own education, achieving an academic degree. Only that it is not always that easy. Often barriers (and we don’t mean only structural barriers) hinder access to knowledge and make participation in teaching and research more difficult.
Aimed at you as a member of the teaching staff, these guidelines are intended to draw your attention to the everyday hurdles in learning that students with disabilities have to overcome and provide you with practical advice on how you can help to prevent the emergence of barriers – sometimes by very simple means.”