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Citizenship 21 Awards for groups

publication date: 22 April 2003

If we work together, we can stop the prejudice that leads to violence?

In April 1999, a hate-motivated campaign of nailbomb attacks targeted the gay, Black and Asian communities in Soho, Brick Lane and Brixton in London. Tragically, three people were murdered and many more injured.

Such senseless violence leaves you wondering?Where does it come from? How can we stop it? And what could we do if we all worked together? No baby is born hating. We learn prejudice. Likewise, we can learn to respect and embrace diversity. Citizenship 21 is a new project that will provide the initiative and resources to help people, organisations and communities join together to fight prejudice and achieve equality for all.

Citizenship 21 Aims

  • To build bridges, promote understanding and co-operation between different communities who experience prejudice and discrimination;

  • To challenge social and institutional homophobia and other forms of prejudice through education, training and action;

  • To encourage sustainable community infrastructures, which will support lesbians and gay men to develop equality, participation and recognition within society.

Citizenship 21 Activities

Working at national level, and supporting regional and local initiatives, Citizenship 21 will provide individuals, communities, organisations and statutory bodies with a range of resources, including:

Citizenship 21 Awards small awards for LGB voluntary and community groups to work in partnership with other communities who face prejudice, on projects whose aim is to develop awareness of and tackle homophobia and other prejudices together.

Diversity Promotion publishing best practice diversity promotion and training models and materials for tackling bullying in schools and youth groups, discrimination at work, etc.

Information Centre providing a website and information service on legislation, policy, research, rights, relating to lesbian and gay issues and multiple discrimination; diversity training; and the Citizenship 21 Awards.

Research conducting a national audit of major employers and service providers' policies and practice on equal opportunities regardless of sexual orientation; and opinion polling on public attitudes towards minority groups.


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