Outreach

The Outreach model of the Equality for All in Malta project focuses on a multi-disciplinary approach, with the aim of targeting the grassroots of Maltese society, through local councils, as well as NGOs, migrant communities and religious-belief organisations, to bring them on board in the fight against discrimination. The aim of outreach within the project is to establish and foster mutual understanding, promote participation and involvement of minority groups, and influence behaviours, attitudes, and actions within Maltese society. The Outreach model established by the project team will aid in enhancing community awareness, increase the visibility of the project, as well as engage new communities and organisations towards a truly equal society.

Outreach to 68 local councils around Malta and Gozo

Outreach to local councils is done with the aim of developing further non-discrimination tools for action at the local level already utilised in a migrant integration setting, who can in turn reach the general resident population. The Local Integration Charter & Action Plan with the added Addendum, which was signed by the Local Councils’ Association on 06 October 2021, aims to respect and promote the principle of equality and non-discrimination, in particular race and/or ethnic origin and religion or belief. The Action plan will enable closer collaboration between the Human Rights Directorate and the Local Councils, and further strengthen relationships.

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Outreach to migrant communities, religious-belief organisations, and NGOs

Outreach towards migrant communities and religious-belief organisations is done to reach untapped individuals. This is done by creating a contact list of interested individuals and providing information during training sessions, as well as acquiring feedback from the communities and organisations during discussions. Establishing and maintaining relationship with participants is essential to tackle issues of underreporting, as well as to address the lack of awareness on the functioning of the Equality body.

NGOs who work with migrant communities are essential in helping to reach out to more individuals and communities who are at risk of discrimination. With this in mind, the project team has sought to target multiple stakeholders in society to ensure an as far as possible seamless implementation of the principle, namely: race and ethnic origin minority and religious minority organisations representatives and other community members, the local adult population, civil servants, and migrant organisations/ NGOs.
 

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