European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

Seminar with national specialised bodies to combat racism and racial discrimination

“Communicating on racism and racial discrimination”

26-27 February 2009
Strasbourg, AGORA – Room G03


Thursday, 26 February 2009:

Moderator: Ms Winnie SORGDRAGER, member of ECRI

SESSION 1: Setting the scene


Welcome by Ms Eva SMITH ASMUSSEN, Chair of ECRI

9:05 – 9:25

Communicating on racism and racial discrimination – main challenges,
by Ms Claudia LAM, Acting Executive Secretary to ECRI

9:25 – 10:15


10:15 – 10:30

Coffee Break

Moderator: Ms Johanna SUURPÄÄ, Ombudsman for Minorities (Finland)

SESSION 2: Communicating on racism and racial discrimination - developing a comprehensive communication strategy

10:30 – 10:50

How to develop a communication strategy and make it work,
by Ms Tjessica STEGENGA, Managing Director, PLEON Belgium

10:50 – 11:00

    · The French experience: Ms Marylène COURIVAUD, Director of Communications, Haute autorité de lutte contre les discriminations et pour l'égalité

11:00 –11:10

    · The Irish experience: Mr Richard FALLON, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Equality Authority

11:10 –11:20

    · The Bulgarian experience: Ms Esen FIKRI, member of the Commission for Protection against Discrimination

11:20 –12:30


12:30 – 14:00

Lunch Break

Moderator: Ms Martina KÖPPEN, Head of the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (Germany)

SESSION 3: Communicating on racism and racial discrimination – key partners and strategies – Part I

14:00 – 14:20

Who are the main stakeholders and how to get them on board?


    · Presentation by Ms Lesley ABDELA, Eyecatcher/Shevolution

14:20 – 15:00

Key partners and strategies:


    · Public institutions:
    1. Building partnerships with public institutions, by Mr Jozef De Witte, Director of the Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism (Belgium)


    · Civil society:
    1. Building partnerships with non-governmental organisations, by Ms Mariëtte de HEIDE, Director of Article 1 (The Netherlands)


    · Business:
    1. Building partnerships with the business sector, by Mr Jonas CHRISTOFFERSEN, Executive Director of the Danish Institute for Human Rights (Denmark)

15:00 – 15:45


15:45 – 16:00

Coffee Break

Moderator: Ms Lesley ABDELA, Eyecatcher/Shevolution

SESSION 4: Communicating on racism and racial discrimination - key partners and strategies – Part II

16:00 – 16:40

Key partners and strategies:


    · General public:
    1. Communicating with young people: defining their specific information needs, by Mr Johan EKMAN, Board Member of the European Youth Forum
    2. Good practice: The Equalitas Campaign, by Ms Ingeborg GRIMSMO, Head of Communications, Office of the Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud (Norway)


    · Victims of racism and racial discrimination:
    1. Communicating with victims of racism and racial discrimination: defining their specific information needs, by Mr Dieter SCHINDLAUER, Director of ZARA – “Zivilcourage und Anti-Rassismus-Arbeit”
    2. Good practice: Communicating with victims of racism and racial discrimination, by Ms Aneli JOYCE, Director of Communication, The Office of the Equality Ombudsman (Sweden)

16:40 – 17:45


17.45 – 18:30



Friday, 27 February 2009:

Moderator: Ms Milica PESIC, Director of the Media Diversity Institute

SESSION 5: Communicating on racism and racial discrimination –working with the media

9:30 – 9:45

Working with the media: the “Speak out against discrimination” Campaign of the Council of Europe,
by Ms Carole REICH, Campaign Coordinator

9:45 – 10:00

How to place diversity and issues related to racism and racial discrimination in the media,
by Mr Tim WILLIAMS, Director, Projects-Direct.Net Ltd

10:00 – 10:15

Working with the media,
by Mr Kamal AHMED, Director of Communications, Equality and Human Rights Commission (United Kingdom)

10:15 – 11:15


11:15 – 11:45

Coffee Break

Moderator: Mr Michael HEAD, member of ECRI


11:45 – 12:00

Presentation of the main findings of the Seminar by the Rapporteur

12:00 – 12:30



Closing of the Seminar