New standards to combat discrimination – changes in business, public sector and society

May 4, 2017

Project goal: To raise the level of general knowledge and awareness around the principles of equal opportunities and mitigation of discrimination in the workplace, under the Equal Opportunities legislation in the private and public sectors, as well as general civil society.

Time period 2017 04 05 – 2020 04 05
Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson
Partners Human Rights Monitoring Institute, Lithuanian Gay League
Project goals and tasks  

1. To raise competences of the public sector, business, and civil society representatives in the field of discrimination mitigation.

The aim is to improve general knowledge and raise awareness on the subject of reducing discrimination in the public, private, and civil sectors. The project’s target group includes present and future members of the labour market, trade union representatives, representatives of workplace dispute analysis institutions, human resource specialists, individuals in leading industry positions, employers, employer unions, non-governmental organizations (NGO), working in the field of equal opportunities and human rights protection. Interested individuals will have the opportunity to improve their knowledge utilizing online training courses, enterprises will be able to apply the knowledge of equal opportunities to their framework, NGO representatives will raise their competences in the fields of advocacy, communication, and fundraising.

2. To guarantee the ease of access to information for vulnerable groups. 

As Lithuania is integrating the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the access to information becomes an integral tool that is of the highest importance in order to ensure an individual’s abilities to, in a certain field, make informed decisions, and to understand the true will of individuals in key questions. Because there is no standard of access to information in a language approachable to everyone in Lithuania, discussions will be organized with customers, executive officials, and methodical recommendations will be presented on how to transfer a standard into the framework of public service providing institutions. The standard will be presented throughout the course, and an informational piece will be released with the recommendations.

3. To raise civil society’s knowledge on principles of non-discrimination.

The third project’s objective will be focused on regional Lithuania. During the project, informational events will be organized with at least 700 people, that will range from theatrical events, exhibitions, photographic competitions, and discussions. News publications will be ensured both in local and regional press, focusing on non-discrimination and diversity. General knowledge will also be raised on a national level. This campaign will be composed of two parts: 1) civil society is informed about the problem, 2) provision of tools in order to enable to solve problems related to discrimination. These activities will be mostly directed at general society, therefore, events will be open and participants will not be counted, though special events will be organized for at least 180 people.

Projektas vykdomas pagal 2014–2020 metų Europos Sąjungos fondų investicijų veiksmų programos, patvirtintos Europos Komisijos 2014 m. rugsėjo 8 d. sprendimu Nr. C(2014) 6397, 7 prioriteto „Kokybiško užimtumo ir dalyvavimo darbo rinkoje skatinimas“ įgyvendinimo priemonę Nr. 07.3.4-ESFA-V-426 „Diskriminacijos mažinimas“.