Union of Equality?
In the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020, European
Commission president Ursula von der Leyen for the first time
acknowledged structural racism within the EU. In May 2021, Michaela
Moua from Finland was appointed the EU’s first anti-racism coordinator.
Her tasks include to closely liaise the Commission with racialized
people and civil society organization within the EU, the European
Parliament and the Member States and to further monitor the
implementaion of the EU Anti-Racism Action Plan 2020-2025.
With Michaela Moua we will talk about the EU Action Plan Against
Racism, and how to achieve racial equality within the EU with recent
developments within institutions and civil society in mind.
The online talk will be held in English and moderated by Karen Taylor
(EOTO/ENAR). Questions can be asked via Q&A (questions in German will
be translated into English).
About the speakers:
Michaela Moua is the first EU Anti-Racism Coordinator. She held a number of senior roles in NGOs in her native Finland combatting racism and discrimination. For the last few years, she has worked at the Non-discrimination Ombudsman’s office and at the Ministry of Justice in Finland. She has extensive experience and expertise in combatting racism and ethnicity-based discrimination and in promoting racial justice on the local and member state level.
Karen Taylor is the Chair of ENAR (European Network Against Racism). At EOTO (Each One Teach One e.V.), a Black-led community organization for empowerment of People of African Descent in Germany, Karen is the director of policy and advocacy. She also serves as a policy advisor at the German Bundestag, where she concentrates on anti-discrimination policies in Germany as well as on human rights issues in West Africa.