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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A partnership with the civil society to monitoring how media portray diversity

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In Donostia/San Sebastian, SOS Racismo develops several educational projects and awareness-raising activities, a good part of which is supported by the municipality, such as:

  • The Berdin project, used to identify areas in which discrimination happens, such as housing rentals, labour market, etc.;
  • Anti-rumours campaigns and trainings (in cooperation with the municipality), including targeting local police officers;
  • Bizilagunak, a yearly initiative aimed at bringing together families (by two, accompanied by a facilitator), to exchange their culture and gastronomy;
  • Urretxindorra (mockingbird) project, to mentor youth in need of social support to overpass languages obstacles, social isolation, etc. University students accompany and provide support and advice to these young people during a year (15 pax);
  • “Kumunikation”, a project aimed at educating for media literacy;
  • Awareness-raising activities addressing the local police and administration officers regarding hate crimes;
  • Other actions such as an exhibition about the Holocaust or a project on Islamophobia.

Similarly, SOS Racismo provides support and information for complainants to denounce discrimination, as well as support to specific groups (such as women in care services) to get to know and be able to claim their rights.

The NGO has also an observatory for media treatment on migration and diversity issues (financed by the municipality) with daily updates. Actions, research and publications can be consulted at www.mugak.eu.


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