Human Rights

Turn it up against discrimination


We’re all different, all unique, and all equal. No one in our societies should be left behind or pushed aside because of who we are, or where we come from.

Our social circles are becoming more diverse, there is greater support for promoting diversity and in Europe people are showing increasingly tolerant attitudes. Yet some of us are still treated differently and unfairly simply because of who we are.

A 2015 survey showed increasingly tolerant attitudes towards people at risk of being discriminated for who they are or where they come from, but this varies a lot between EU countries and doesn’t extend as far for some people, including Muslim people, Roma and transgender individuals.

In 2015, across the EU 21% of people said they had felt discriminated against in the last year, up from 16% three years earlier in a 2012 survey.

Transgender people in Europe face disproportionate levels of bullying, violence and discrimination, and are still fighting for legal gender recognition – the right to say in law which gender they want to be identified as.

Across Europe there are thousands of people fighting for their rights to be treated with dignity and respect. Roma across Europe still face discrimination in housing, education, access to jobs and other aspects of life.

Together we can challenge our politicians to build better, more equal societies. A major opportunity to do this is just around the corner, with the European elections coming up in May.

If you want to demand action against discrimination it’s simple!

  • TURN IT UP by sharing this page
  • Follow #TurnItUp on social media and tell us what you want to do about discrimination
  • Make some noise about tackling discrimination and tell politicians what you want by voting in the European elections.



The opinions expressed in the article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of ians Global Network.