26 September 2023

Commissions join up to beat racism

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The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is to collaborate with the Victorian Multicultural Commission as part of a new package to support multicultural and multifaith communities.

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner, Kristen Hilton said the project would provide further support and education for Victorians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

“The collaboration will focus on helping members of Victoria’s diverse multicultural and multifaith communities understand their rights, navigate Victoria’s anti-discrimination laws and make a complaint if they experience racism,” Commissioner Hilton said.

“In Victoria and across the country, we’ve been hearing about an alarming rise in instances of racism directed towards people from Asian backgrounds,” she said.

“Racism is not just divisive and misplaced; it’s also against the law.”

“And no one should have to put up with it.”

Commissioner Hilton said the initiative built on many successful programs run by both Commissions.

“Knowing how the law protects you and where you can seek support if you’ve been discriminated against, subjected to hate or treated unfairly is essential for every member of the community to feel safe, respected and supported,” she said.

She said the collaboration between the Commissions complemented the State’s Stronger Together campaign which focused on showing solidarity with Chinese communities and recognising the contribution they made to Victoria.

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