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Ws4 eurocities presentation rennes

  1. 1. Diversity and anti-discrimination policies in Rennes
  2. 2. French context The notion of diversity is the new consensual paradigm toward migration issues If diversity can be accepted, the « right to difference » is perceived as a threat to republican principles (french universalism) In the public sphere and in the political debate, the notion of diversity is often confused with the idea of difference : the policies developes with the intent of « promoting diversity » are directed to minorities only→ Only a « universal » conception of diversity can build an equality policy
  3. 3. What we do in Rennes The « universal » conception of diversity is the paradigm on which our equality and anti- discrimination policies are built : we deal with individuals and not with groups (but groups demands can be received, for instance to allow them living their religion in the city) We try to promote the idea of a plural city, whose identity is composed by natives and migrants and their descendants
  4. 4. Local experiences Convergences Culturelles Creation of a « Charter » enabling relevant projects to get a « label » : recognition of some initiatives which represent the civic engagement against xenophobia and give a voice to citizens expression, including migrants Rennes diversity committee : developing public debate on anti-discrimination, migrants access rights and citizens knowledge of migration history in Rennes For political leaders : opportunities to communicate with medias and transmit a message
  5. 5. French context of anti-discrmination policy- 90’s : Development of French model of integration which constitutes a barrier to recognize ethnical discriminations- 1998 : For the first time, French politicians recognize the reality of discrimination
  6. 6. What we do in Rennes ?- 2008 : anti-discrimination program. Principle : Equality of treatment.- 3 axes :- The city as an employer ;- To develop the anti-discrimination in the whole local territory ;- To develop acces rights for victims of discrimination

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