Diversity has given so much to European societies. In every part of our continent, people of different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds work together to build communities, deliver services and improve each other’s lives. It seems clear that diversity is the future. But events in the last year have left many Europeans gripped by fear; with racism and xenophobia on the rise, it is now more important than ever to take action to stand up for diversity and defend the common European values of respect for human rights and human dignity. We must make sure that hope overcomes fear by sending a powerful message and reminding Europe that there is Strength in Diversity.

Every year, UNITED coordinates a weeklong Europe-wide campaign around 21 March to protest against all forms of racism and discrimination, and celebrate the diversity that enriches European societies. European Action Week Against Racism 2016 will take place from 12-21 March, with the slogan “Strength in Diversity”.

There are loads of ways to join the campaign: organise activities, involve your city government, like the Facebook page, check the website, support others, and spread the message. Join NGOs, civil society groups, grassroots associations, schools, universities and city governments all over Europe to prove that there is Strength in Diversity, and that we stand UNITED against racism in all forms. This year you can also join the campaign by submitting a design to our special Strength in Diversity poster competition.

Just like every year, UNITED is ready to support your organisation in organising Week Against Racism activities by inspiring you with best practice examples, sending you free campaign materials, and promoting your activities online. Fill out our online order form, and we will send up to 2kg of free campaign material for you to use in your activities!


Check out our online activity map of Action Week activities taking place all over Europe! See something missing? Tell us by filling out our online activity form.

This campaign has been funded with support of the Council of Europe (European Youth Foundation), the Erasmus+/ Youth in Action Programme of the European Union and the Open Society Foundations.
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