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Equinet Training on Access to Rights. Dublin April 28-29, 2009 Anette Sjödin, RFSL [email protected] The Swedish System. The Swedish antidiscrimination legal system (in 60 seconds):

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Equinet training on access to rights

EquinetTraining on Access to Rights

Dublin April 28-29, 2009

Anette Sjödin, RFSL

[email protected]

The swedish system
The Swedish System

The Swedish antidiscrimination legal system

(in 60 seconds):

  • New legislation (seven grounds: sex, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation and age)

  • The new Equality Ombudsman

  • Employers

  • Trade unions

The role of rfsl
The Role of RFSL

  • Actingtowardsexternaltargetgroups (society as a whole)

  • Actingtowardsinternaltargetgroups(the LGBT community)

The role of rfsl1
The Role of RFSL

External target groups: to raise awareness about

rights and obligations…

  • …on a structural and organisational levelfor example politicians, national level representatives of employer organisations and trade union organisations/federations

  • …on an individual levelfor example teachers, personnel in the care system, goods and services providers and employees

The role of rfsl2
The Role of RFSL

Target group: The LGBT community

  • Raise awareness about rights and obligations

  • Build self-esteem by providing networks and social activitiesdone by local branches

  • Support people exposed to discrimination, harassment and violencecounselling service, crime victims’ hotline


  • Focus on the norm itself, not the person who goesagainst it

  • Focus on preventativemeasures in workinglife,school, service providers, the caresector and so on

Our approach
Our Approach

Conclusion: Externaltargetgroupsare


  • Theyneedto see thattheyhave a responsibility to act.

  • Theywillinfluenceothers who “speak the same language”.

  • Theyneedmoreknowledge – trainingisveryimportant.

Sowhatdoes rfsldo
SoWhatDoes RFSLDo?

A fewexamples of activities…

Beneath the surface
Beneath the Surface

  • EU project (in Swedish: Under ytan)

  • Focus on preventive measures and awareness raising regarding sexual orientation

  • Targeting teachers and school personnel

  • Cooperation between employers, trade unions, the (former) ombudsman on sexual orientation, researchers, NGOs

  • www.ytan.se

Beneath the surface1
Beneath the Surface

Products: a training tool consisting

of two books and a DVD

(DVD available in English)

And together with transnational

partners: “Norms at Work” and

“Open Up Your Workplace”

All clear
All Clear

  • EU project (in Swedish: Fritt Fram)

  • Focus on preventive measures and awarenessraisingregardingsexualorientation

  • Targetingworkinglife in general

  • Cooperationbetweenemployers, trade unions, the (former) ombudsman on sexualorientation, researchers,NGOs

  • www.frittfram.se

All clear1
All Clear

Product: the training tool

“All Clear”, consisting of a

booklet and a DVD

(available in English)

Access to justice
Access to Justice

  • EU project

  • Focus on antidiscriminationlegislation and access to rights, includingawarenessraising on the EmploymentDirective

  • Age, disability and sexualorientation

  • Sweden, Romania, Great Britain

  • With NGOs, ombudsman, tradeunions

  • www.accesstojustice.se

Access to justice1
Access to Justice

Products: booklet describing

the significance of the EU

Employment Directive

“Equal at work” and…

Access to justice2
Access to Justice

…booklets adjusted to national

circumstances. The Swedish

booklet is called “Everybody’s

Equal Rights” (Allaslikarätt)


Training sessions, training sessions and

moretraining sessions…

  • Externaltargetgroups

  • Focus on norms and attitudes


How to achieve access to rights?

We all know that discriminatedpeople…

  • …don’tknowtheir rights

  • …don’t trust the system

  • …are invisible anddifficult to target.


…and the solution? Actbefore it happens!

  • Prevention instead of just taking action whenit’salreadytoolatefor example: awarenessraising and training sessions for stakeholders

  • NGO involvement is essential

  • Different stakeholders play different roles – cooperation is the key


Nothing of this will work, if we don’t have basic legal protection, covering all grounds and all sectors of society:

The proposed horizontal antidiscrimination EU Directive needs to be adopted!