Inclusion and Diversity

In addition to the gender category, it is possible to characterize people in terms of their age, their cultural, ethnic and family background, their religion, their health condition, their sexual orientation, their mobility, and many others.

It is important for us that our activities consider and treat people taking their diversity into account, and that our proposals include as many different imprintings and realities of individuals as possible.

After the World Conference on Women in Beijing, 1995, the United Nations adopted the concept of Gender Mainstreaming. Since then, this strategy has become widely accepted and applied in the area of development cooperation. At this point, it is important that other grounds for discrimination are more strongly included in this area. We would like to contribute to this point with proposals that take such characteristics into account by including, for example, a diverse mix of ages amongst the disadvantaged people whose mobility is limited. In doing so, we are aware that it is not possible for us to deal with all criteria for disadvantage at once, but that we have to limit ourselves to two or three at a time.