People from all walks of life will come together at FRA’s inclusive, innovative and forward-looking Fundamental Rights Forum, organised in Vienna on 25-28 September 2018, under the banner of Connect.Reflect.Act.

It will bring together leading European and global agents for change from diverse walks of life, including high-level representatives of all major international and regional human rights organisations. Many hail from areas not normally found in traditional human rights events such as the world of arts, sports and business. This will bring a unique new dynamic to the event.

Over three days, the Forum will be a melting pot of ideas. Participants will share their stories, discuss new perspectives on pressing human rights issues and suggest strategies to deal with them. They will not shy away from difficult discussions.

Promoting gender, age and ethnic diversity is a goal shared by many. What role can education and employment play in creating and fostering a sense of belonging, while appreciating diversity? Day 2 will focus on the role of employment and employers in promoting inclusion and diversity. The objective of this working group is to provide a structured networking opportunity while sharing examples of practices that promote diversity in employment as a distinct strength and advantage for both the economy and society.


EIGE's Programme Coordinator for Research and Statistics, dr Jolanta Reingarde, will share facts & figures on gender segregation in education & employment as well as recommendations for tackling them (presentation enclosed under RESOURCES tab).


Diverse sessions will challenge policies and practices on issues ranging from the situation of people of African descent in the EU, child poverty, refugee inclusion and artificial intelligence.

The aim is to influence the hearts and minds of policymakers and the general public. To have a dialogue about human rights beyond the Forum itself. Attendees will help define new, constructive ways forward for human rights, feeding directly into initiatives, laws and policies at the European and national level. Communicating the results of the Forum is at the heart of the event. People need to feel safe, secure and share a sense of belonging within a wider community. Protecting and promoting fundamental rights can make this a reality for everyone.

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