Human rights, Social inclusion

Olhão + Equal winner

Fostering equality and non-discrimination in local life.


Who is behind this?

Simone Júlio

Oficina Association


Who is joining forces?

Municipality of Olhão


The project foresees involving the Local Social Action Council (CLASO), a legally regulated structure composed of more than 70 entities with intervention in the social field.


Idea pitch

The project will support the creation of a Municipal Plan for Non-Discrimination, as a public policy for the promotion of human rights and social inclusion, providing a response to tackle growing radicalization of political discourse and fomenting of hatred and intolerance towards some community groups, among which there are no dialogue spaces.
The Plan, in its different phases, will have the participation of a Citizens' Panel, composed of representatives of groups victims of discrimination.

Where will your project idea take place?

Olhão, south Portugal

What is the specific societal challenge faced by this region?

The project aims to combat discrimination based on racial and ethnic origin, nationality, culture, religion and sexual orientation, to which foreign communities, Roma and others have been subjected, compromising their integration in the local community. The challenge is to create a Citizens' Panel, representing the diversity of discrimination victims, in order to articulate opinions and experiences, resulting in concrete contributions to design, promote, monitor and evaluate the Municipal Plan for Non-Discrimination. Thus, the project aims to expand the civic and political skills of these communities, create spaces for dialogue, consultation and participation, provide a voice to these groups and foster social organisation and their empowerment.

Who are you doing it for?

The project involves four key target groups:
i) Citizens' Panel, represented by different communities that are victims of discrimination, who will actively and permanently participate in the project. They will take on the role of facilitators of the Plan in their communities, in all the planned stages, as well as being the face of the public communication campaign;
ii) Groups victims of discrimination, who will be covered by the work developed by the Panel in their respective communities;
iii) Political decision-makers, public and private entities involved in the actions to be defined in the Plan;
iv) Local society, in a logic of involvement and awareness of the wider community, promoting a culture of non-discrimination.

How do you plan to get there?

The project foresees the following activities:
- Creation of a CP. This will be composed of 12 representatives of groups that are victims of discrimination and its mission will be to stimulate a process of community debate on the different forms of discrimination and the priorities for political action to be included in the Plan;
- Training the members of the CP, using non-formal civic education approach, on the methodology of preparation, approval and evaluation of the Plan, as well as on rights, duties, local institutions, local policies;
- Carrying out a process of public consultation of the community on (i) the different forms of discrimination experienced at local level, particularly in the access to employment, housing and essential public services (health, education, security...); (ii) the priorities for action in the fight against these forms of discrimination;
- Drafting and approving the Plan, contemplating the axes of action, the intervention measures, the governance and evaluation model;
- Undertaking a public campaign to publicize the Plan, through the production of promotional materials, public sessions to present the Plan in schools, companies, associations and citizens' groups, the media, among other entities;
- Production of a Methodological Guide to support other municipalities interested in implementing a project of this nature.

What are the expected results?

The project's main results will be:
(i) create a local policy for combating discrimination (Municipal Plan) lasting 4 years, which the Municipality and the entities and groups in the territory will have to implement;
ii) institutionalize a space for regular dialogue between groups which are victims of discrimination and between these and the territory's institutions - the CP. This will initially be directed towards the creation of the Plan and will continue with the functions of monitoring and evaluating its implementation;
iii) contribute towards a more socially cohesive and civically active community, capable of understanding and valuing its internal differences, as well as building collective action;
iv) create a methodological guide to disseminate the project in other territorial.

How does your idea strengthen active citizenship at a local and community level?

The project foresees the creation of a municipal public policy to combat different forms of discrimination. This policy - a Plan valid for 4 years - will be defined by: i) creating spaces for community dialogue, in particular with groups that are victims of discrimination; ii) addressing the divergences and common problems to these groups; iii) collectively defining the priorities for action to fight against discrimination; iv) actively monitoring the implementation of measures and evaluating the Plan.
For these reasons, the project represents an exercise in strengthening citizenship, social and political participation at community level, giving voice and power to discriminated groups and aiming to produce direct impacts on the improvement of living conditions.

Why is this idea important to you?

The project team was also responsible for preparing the diagnosis and social development plan of Olhão. In this context, it was possible to confirm the existence of social groups who were victims of discrimination, who had their citizenship rights diminished, who had no voice, power or trust in society and institutions.
The Oficina Association defined as priority areas of action the promotion of participatory democracy and the planning of inclusive public policies. This project brings these two areas together in a very coherent way – the participatory design of a municipal policy to combat discrimination.
The Association believes that this is a possible way to combat civic deserts, build collective action and strengthen democracy.

€ 38500,-

Total budget

€ 35000,-

Funding requested from Civic Europe

Major expenses

Personnel costs 20500 €
Public events 2750 €
Materials for activities 2750 €
Communication campaign 9500 €
Methodological guide 1.500 €
Office expenses 1500 €

What do you need from the Civic Europe community?

We appreciate all comments and advice that help us to improve our project. References of other experiences and projects developed by registered members in the idea space will be equally welcomed by us. We want to learn from the collective.

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Tatiane Serrano

Idea created on April 25, 2021

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