Launch Session of the Project Multiversity – White Paper on multiple and intersectional discrimination

The project «Multiversity – White Paper on Multiple and Intersectional Discrimination» intends to build a scientifically supported recommendation, based on multidisciplinary knowledge, to level and harmonize antidiscrimination protections in Portugal, considering sequential, additive and intersectional multiple discrimination.

The focus will be on discrimination based on sex, ethnic-racial origin, sexual orientation and gender identity, and disability, also taking into account the specific socioeconomic consequences of each type of discrimination. The project includes:

  • An in-depth analysis of the existing legal and institutional anti-discrimination framework in Portugal across different grounds of discrimination, to identify possible gaps and inconsistencies; the legal analysis will be complemented by focus groups with Portuguese anti-discrimination NGOs, social partners and public institutions responsible for anti-discrimination policies.
  • A comparative analysis of legal and institutional anti-discrimination frameworks in different countries (Germany, Sweden, Greece and Norway), complemented by an in-depth analysis of the Norwegian experience and semi-structured interviews with European anti-discrimination NGOs.
  • A social media campaign to promote awareness about multiple and intersectional discrimination (and the need for legal and institutional protection), launched at an intermediate workshop; the workshop will also allow for the presentation of the results of focus groups and will create a space for additional dialogue among and with all stakeholders.
  • The production and publication of the White Paper that details the research conducted and that includes a proposal of a new conceptual anti-discrimination framework, including new legislation and institutional reform (and complemented by a draft of a new anti-discrimination law); in addition to the White Paper, a scientific article will be prepared and submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. The White Paper will be presented at the final conference for the project.

The goal is to produce an integrated and coherent system, that levels protections against discrimination based on all the discrimination grounds, and that also includes protections against multiple and intersectional discrimination.

The project is funded by the EEA Grants, within the Conciliation and Gender Equality Programme, with the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality as Programme Operator.

It is promoted by NOVA School of Law within the activity of NOVA Knowledge Centre for Data-Driven Law.

Launch Session

31 October 2022

Location: NOVA School of Law, Room 7

9:30 a.m. | Welcome
10:00 a.m. | Opening Session
  • Margarida Lima Rego, NOVA School of Law Dean and Project Coordinator
  • Isabel Almeida Rodrigues, Secretary of State for Equality and Migration (to be confirmed)
  • Tove Bruvik Westberg, Norwegian Ambassador in Portugal (to be confirmed)
10:30 a.m. | Project presentation
  • Paulo Côrte-Real, Project Coordinator (Nova SBE)
  • Lene Løvdal, Chairperson of Egalia centre against discrimination (Norway)
11:00 a.m. | Closing
  • Maria Mineiro, Deputy Coordinator of the National Management Unit of the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism
  • Sandra Ribeiro, President of the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality, Operating Entity of the Conciliation and Gender Equality Programme – EEA Grants
  • Margarida Lima Rego, NOVA School of Law Dean and Project Coordinator
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