The Intercultural city aims at building its policies and identity on the explicit acknowledgement that diversity can be a resource for the development of the society.

The first step is the adoption (and implementation) of strategies that facilitate positive intercultural encounters and exchanges, and promote equal and active participation of residents and communities in the development of the city, thus responding to the needs of a diverse population. The Intercultural integration policy model is based on extensive research evidence, on a range of international legal instruments, and on the collective input of the cities member of the Intercultural Cities programme that share their good practice examples on how to better manage diversity, address possible conflicts, and benefit from the diversity advantage.

This section offers examples of intercultural approaches that facilitate the development and implementation of intercultural strategies.

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In 2000 Sabadell signed the European Charter for the Safeguarding of Human Rights in the City, committing itself to incorporate its principles and norms into its local legislation. This charter recognises the guarantee of rights to all persons residing in the city without discrimination on the basis of colour, age, sex, sexual choice, language, religion, political opinion, national or social origin or income level. Municipal regulations have been revised to ensure that they comply with successive legislative changes, e.g. the law on places of worship, the law to guarantee LGTBi rights, etc. All the new ordinances are elaborated taking into account the perspective of diversity and in particular it is being contemplated as a priority in the legislation on coexistence that is currently being elaborated. Additionally, the Civil Rights and Gender Department is working on the review of all municipal legislation to incorporate the articles of the European Charter for the Safeguarding of Human Rights in the City.

The municipality provides information and protection to victims of ethnic and racial discrimination through the Civil Rights Office. Besides the attention to victims and management of discrimination cases, the Office also trains and raises awareness of the rights and duties recognised in the city. Another body, the Coexistence Commission, made up of municipal and political parties’ representatives, third-sector organisations and the police, monitors and intervenes in cases of aggression or discrimination due to xenophobia, racism or homophobia. The city also counts on the municipal Ombudsman.

Sabadell regularly runs anti-discrimination programmes and campaigns. To cite some examples: The Humans Rights programme, ‘Mescla’t’ initiative, the Roma day, Open Day at Worship Centres, the campaign ‘To ventilate wardrobes’. The municipality also supports different organisations that promote anti-discrimination work and practices such as the Roma Secretariat, the Citizens' Platform for Support to Refugees and Migrates, the Citizen Service for the Reception of Immigrants (SCAI), the Human Rights Institute of Catalonia IDHC, the Sabadell Bar Association. One of the mechanisms is by launching grants on anti-discrimination awareness-raising campaigns.

The municipality is working at national and international level with organisations and projects devoted to fight discrimination. The city is involved in the ICC programme and the Spanish Network of intercultural cities, Ciudades Refugio (Shelter Cities) to coordinate municipal work in the reception of refugees and the working group of the Barcelona Provincial Council on civil rights and non-discrimination. It also participates in the Network of municipalities LGTBIQ of Catalonia.

Sabadell has also a specific LGTBI Attention and Accompaniment service, as a result of an agreement between the Directorate General for Equality of the Government of Catalonia and the City Council. It offers information, advice and accompaniment to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, as well as people from their immediate environment, professionals from different fields and entities. Within this framework, it will facilitate the knowledge of the resources available in the territory to respond to LGTBI people, promote respect for diversity and provide specific support in cases of discrimination based on sexual orientation, identity or gender expression.

The commemoration in Sabadell of the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia and the International Day of LGTBI Pride wanted to highlight especially the challenges of families and the importance of their work of accompaniment in the construction of increasingly freer identities and genders. Under the heading "Ventilate cabinets. Sabadell with the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans and intersex”, the programme includes different activities: Conferences, a documentary film series, storytelling sessions for family audiences, training and awareness-raising days or an open day at the LGTBI Information, Care and Accompaniment Service. The programme is prepared jointly by the Council and the organisations from the Gender, Feminisms and LGTBi Table.

The “Living Together” Commission (Comissió de Convivència) is a citizen's instrument for monitoring and direct intervention in cases of assault or discrimination based on xenophobia, racism or homophobia. Made up of representatives of the City Council, municipal groups, security bodies, the Sabadell Bar Association, the Ombudsmen, civic and social organisations and trade unions, the body works for the comprehensive care of victims and provides legal assistance as a private accusation, in some cases the City Council itself appearing as a popular accusation. Since its creation in 2004, the Living Together Commission has handled some 60 complaints to defend diversity and combat hate crimes.

Lastly, Sabadell runs an Antirumour Strategy since 2015, when the city participated in the C4i project. Currently, the Antirumours Networks has 150 members.

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