Anti-racism roundtable

In Europe, being racialised is a part of everyday life for everyone. For some, being racialised can result in the marginalisation, stereotyping, exploitation, invisibilisation, and other forms of unjust treatment across all areas of life. Racialisation, as a social construct, can take place on the grounds of ethnicity, skin colour, religion, and a myriad of other factors.   

We want to help create a landscape — policy, practice, regulatory and otherwise — that creates and maintains equity between the different groups we are categorised in and help dismantle racialisation as a tool of oppression.

Europe-wide consultation

To make sure our work meets the needs of activists and movements, we conducted a Europe-wide consultation in the first half of 2022 to identify priorities for developing litigation projects.

We explored priorities for anti-racism in Europe on 23-24 June, with 16 participants from grassroots movements and those directly working with communities. You can read through the opportunities in more detail on our blog.

We approached all themes through an intersectional lens, centring how a person’s social or political identity and personal characteristics can combine to create different modes of discrimination, exclusion, and oppression. We considered issues across both digital and non-digital space.

Building community-driven litigation

The input from the roundtables was combined with input received through a survey conducted between October 2021 and May 2022, individual conversations, and desk research. The combined findings are available in our 2022 report Surfacing Systemic (In)justices: A Community View.

Based on the consultation process and the mapping of current litigation work in Europe, climate justice and social protection were identified as priority areas for organisations, movements, and collectives working on racial, social, and economic justice that are currently underserved by intersectional litigation. We are developing our first litigation projects on these themes, starting from the priorities and opportunities identified in the consultation.

Systemic Justice will continuously build on this consultation process to ensure our work aligns with communities’ priorities. We will also continue sharing our findings along the way: subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media to be updated about any new publications.