New awareness campaign for job discrimination in Belgium
The centre for equal opportunities and the fight against racism, CECLR, is launching a vast awareness campaign to flag the issue of job discrimination, which affects many foreign youths in Belgium.
The campaign, ‘Cast Me’, will see two identical CVs sent to 100,000 employers around the country. The only difference between the two applications will be that the first will have a photo and the name of a young woman of African origin, whilst the second will use a typically Belgian name with the photo of the same woman, but the photograph will have been retouched to give the woman a more European appearance.
“Many studies have shown that unemployment in foreign youths is not just a result of lack of training. When they are as competent as another applicant, there are clearly discriminatory mechanisms”, said Edouard Delruelle, co-director of CECLR.
Unemployment for youths of foreign origin is two and a half times higher than youths of Belgian origin. Only a third of non-European women enjoy their job in Belgium.
Despite the legislation put into place over the last few years, the CECLR receives many complaints each year concerning racism and discrimination both when a young person tries to find a job and within the workplace.
Edouard Delruelle suspects that the economic crisis has worsened the discrimination. “In difficult times, it is always foreign workers who take the brunt of the negative financial effects. We must redouble our efforts at this time to fight against discrimination.”