Diversity and inclusion is about empowering young people by respecting and appreciating what makes them different in terms of age, gender, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education, and national origin.

It’s also about youth organisation’s efforts and practices to ensure young people from different backgrounds will be culturally and socially accepted, welcomed, and treated equally.

Diversity and inclusion plays an important role in providing a positive working environment that will enable innovation in any youth organization and community. Although the youth organizations in Europea are rising in opportunities and growth, in some European countries, their "Diversity and inclusion" implementation and action is moving at a snail’s pace.

EYNCRIN seeks to foster awareness and boost capacity of youth organizations to meet their general duty to take steps to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation 
  • Advance equal opportunities for all
  • Foster good relations between all individuals

In order to celebrate diversity in European communities and youth organizations, we need to ensure that all young people are not discriminated  and included.

Freedom from discrimination is enshrined in a number of international human rights documents, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, The European Convention on Human Rights and a large number of regional human rights documents. 

EYNCRIN`s Diversity & Inclusion HUB 

Our mission is to help European youth organizations grow better. That's why we view diversity, inclusion, and belonging as mission critical, not just nice to have.

Our partners around Europe speak more than 100 languages, go by different pronouns, and have unique racial identities. We seek to help our communities grow, we need to build a company that's reflective of their diversity. 

So whether you’re a youth worker, youth researcher, youth leader, or part of our broader community of young people, we’re committed to helping you do your best work on inclusion. 

Our promise is to champion diversity, build an inclusive culture and product, and do our part to create a more equitable Europe.

Based on the above-mentioned characteristics, young people can be subjected to four levels of discrimination:

  • Direct discrimination: This happens when someone treats you worse than another person in a similar situation because of your race, ethnicity, religion, migration status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ect.
  • Indirect discrimination: This happens when an organisation, institution or a group has a particular policy or way of working that puts people of different groups at a disadvantage.
  • Harassment: This happens when someone makes you feel humiliated, offended or degraded because of your race, ethnicity, religion, migration status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ect.
  • Institutional or structural discrimination occurs when rules, norms, routines, patterns or attitudes and behaviour in institutions such as schools, work places, public authorities and other societal structures represent obstacles to certain people in achieving the same rights and opportunities that are available to the majority of the population.