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Equality in Europe

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Equality in Europe

Over the past 50 years, Europe has undergone dramatic social and economic shifts. Ethnic diversity has increased, yet so too has inequality. As a result some groups feel marginalized from society—in education, health care, employment, and other areas of everyday life. We work with local communities and policy makers to support full equality, political participation, and opportunities for all.

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Roma, Europe, and the Mission of Open Society  

For decades, Open Society has proudly supported Europe’s Roma communities in their struggle for equal opportunity and recognition.

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An End to Manels II: Closing the Gender Gap at Europe’s Top Policy Events

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Data Alone Won’t Stop Ethnic Profiling

While many police officers in Belgium recognize that ethnic profiling is real and harmful, acknowledging the problem is only the beginning. It’s time for law enforcement to move beyond words and make concrete policy changes.