Equality for All

On 2 July 2008, the European Commission proposed a directive that would ban discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, religion or belief and sexual orientation in all areas of EU competence. Currently, discrimination on these grounds is only prohibited in the field of employment. On the other hand, discrimination on the ground of race and gender is prohibited in many other areas, like social protection, education and access to goods and services.

Find out what this proposed Directive is about, why ILGA-Europe fully supports the adoption, and what this Directive has to do with you.

The proposed Directive, if adopted, will extend the protection from discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief, disability, age, or sexual orientation to the areas of social protection, education and access to goods and services. This Directive would eliminate the hierarchy of rights that currently exists in the EU by giving the listed grounds the same protections guaranteed under the Race Directive.

Please read below for more information, including ILGA-Europe’s stance on the Directive and what you can do to help its passage.

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