NGOs to launch anti-racism campaign
A number of individuals and NGOs have teamed up to conduct a campaign against racism.
The campaign, which will be launched on Saturday morning, groups lecturers, writers, artists, the Migrants’ Network for Equality (a network composed of migrant community representatives), the Jesuit Refugee Service (Malta), Migrants Solidarity Movement, Moviment Graffitti, General Workers’ Union, Amplify, CEER, Koperattiva Kummerc Gust, Greenhouse, Third World Group, Get Up Stand Up, Organisation for Friendship in Diversity, Kopin, Moviment Azzjoni Xellug and Alternattiva Demokratika.
A spokesman for the grouping said that the campaign will take various forms.
There will be a media campaign which will highlight cases of racism, an education campaign on diversity and migration, and street art activities.
It was hoped, the spokesman said, that diversity and migration issues would eventually be given greater importance in educational curricula.
Another aspect of the campaign will be action against discrimination at the workplace. The spokesman said that many migrant workers were exploited by being given lower wages than other workers. At the other end of the scale, highly qualified persons were not employed because of the colour of their skin or their country of origin.
The spokesman said another frequent instance of racial discrimination was the way some foreigners were barred from places of entertainment.
Some foreigners had also suffered verbal and physical abuse.