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Human rights and interculturality training for municipal staff

An internal training plan on human rights and interculturality has been running since 2017 to prevent the possible discrimination and rights violations, equip municipal staff to detect discrimination, unequal treatment and even hate, introduce them to mechanisms for guaranteeing rights and how to activate them.

20/03/2019 - 17:37 h - City Council Ajuntament de Barcelona

The training plan has provided over 500 hours of learning for 1,872 workers from different municipal areas and outlined services such as those offered by the Office for Non-Discrimination and the Ombudsperson.

Racism and different spheres of discrimination such as Islamophobia, anti-gypsism, aporophobia, xenophobia and anti-Semitism are some of the attitudes worked on in the training. The sessions have been organised for city police officers, technical staff from Citizen Help and Information Offices (OAC), social services workers, district staff, cemetery workers, staff from mediation and prevention teams, from cultural facilities, from the Area of Citizen Rights and Diversity, teachers from the Barcelona Education Consortium, TMB ticket inspectors, specialists from the Agency for the Integral Approach to Sex Work (ABITS), staff from community centres, libraries and other facilities.

A diverse and intercultural city

The internal training plan on human rights and interculturality is one of the actions from the Barcelona, City of Rights programme, approved in June 2016. The goals of the plan include awareness of these issues among municipal staff, the promotion of a diverse and intercultural city and a focus on human rights and recognition of religious diversity by municipal staff when carrying out their work.