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Vielfalt entscheidet -
Diversity in Leadership

Advocating for inclusion: As a think-and-do tank, we put the topic of diversity in leadership positions on the public and political agenda and work on strategies for a more inclusive society.

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People of Color*1People of Color (PoC) is a self-identifier for people who are affected by racism  and Black people are underrepresented in leadership positions. To accelerate equitable change, we conduct research on diversity in organizations and collect data that help them to diversify, uncover discrimination, and become more inclusive. We develop strategies, demands and concepts for the development of inclusive administrations, organizations and companies. Aided by our network of community organisations as well as legal, policy and technology experts, our team conducts research to identify hurdles and evaluate policies and activities designed to enhance and deepen inclusion. We actively share the results with politicians and decision-makers. With keynote speeches, expert lectures and workshops, but also through the implementation of comprehensive diversity-oriented organizational development processes, we support private and public institutions in their efforts to become more inclusive.



"Too often, “inclusion” and “participation” are implemented at a shallow level – like couscous being added to the cafeteria menu. The perspective of our project is different. It's about equality and representation”, emphasizes Daniel Gyamerah, Head of Division for Vielfalt entscheidet - Diversity in Leadership (VE for short). On 28.02.2018, the six-member VE team presented their study of diversity in the Berlin government administration and in national companies. This pilot study*2Cooperation partners for the pilot study included the Berliner Institute for empirical integration and migration research (BIM) of Humboldt University, who advised us on empirical research. The study was conducted with support from the Integration representative of the City of Berlin and the Berlin State Office for Equal Treatment and against Discrimination (LADS). is the first survey of anti-discrimination and equality data in Germany that covers all dimensions of the General Act on Equal Treatment (AGG) in a differentiated way and considers racial discrimination beyond migration background. The VE team has developed and keeps refining a survey tool that highlights discrimination experiences and contributes to the development of more inclusive institutions, policies and legislation. Adapted surveys have already been conducted by VE in the field of grants in the cultural and higher education sectors.

We demand Equality mainstreaming*Equality mainstreaming: based on the concept of gender mainstreaming, we call for the general extension of tried-and-tested approaches to other dimensions of discrimination, such as racial discrimination. in public and private institutions!

"Through data collection, it can be shown to what extent individual instances of discrimination are experienced repeatedly and can therefore be an indicator/outcome/expression of structural disadvantages", explains Lucienne Wagner, researcher at VE. It requires data showing the discrimination of certain groups of the population in order to, for example, address the structural barriers for people affected by racial discrimination. Anti-discrimination and gender equality data are therefore an important basis for laws positive measures designed to reduce discrimination against these communities in order to ensure full and effective equal opportunities. That is the basis for our demand: "The introduction of differentiated anti-discrimination and equality monitoring*3 Gender Equality Monitoring: For Frequently Asked Questions on Anti-discrimination and Gender Equality Data we recommend our publication "Who is not counted does not count". and its anchoring in law".

We advise politicians and support diversity-oriented development processes.

Inspired by the Canadian project DiverseCity onBoard, Citizens For Europe launched VE in 2014. Over two years, projects from seven European countries exchanged views within the framework of a European Learning Partnership. In 2016, VE wrote an expertise on options for the diversity-sensitive development of the Berlin art and culture sector, key recommendations of which were included in the Berlin government coalition agreement (p. 125). In 2017, we implemented a study among executives in the Berlin public administration. With this know-how, we now advise and support policy-makers, administrations, universities, civil society organizations and companies as a think-and-do-tank. Our analysis, workshops, expert lectures and diversity-oriented support for organizations*4Diversity-oriented organizational development: are aimed at actors who want to promote diversity and inclusion and reduce discrimination.

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OTHER PROJECTS at CFE. Visit our section “Empowering Civil Society”

September 11, 2018


ViRaL Action-fund

Strengthening Diversity, Combating Racism, Engaging Locally

With a re-granting scheme, we support people on the ground throughout Germany who oppose racism and are committed to the recognition of diversity. ViRaL seeks to reach out with anti-racist counter-narratives to people who have have not yet dealt with the topic, as well as to provide resources and support to those who are targeted by racism and exclusion. We provide the selected projects with mini-grants, tailored trainings and the tools they need, and we share our network and infrastructure with them.
September 10, 2018
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European Democracy Network

For the defense of freedom, democracy and fundamental rights!

We build an international network of activists united by the idea that we can only exist in international solidarity in order to counter the internationally networked opponents of the new Right. Our partnership currently supports, empowers and networks activists who stand against the erosion of democracy, the rise of nationalism and white supremacy, as well as the shrinking of civic spaces where civil society is under pressure.
September 8, 2018
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CHIEF, Towards an inclusive cultural education

Designing a multi-stakeholder collaboration to trigger change

The European CHIEF project builds a dialogue between young people, researchers, education practitioners, policymakers, community leaders and civil society activists in order to facilitate a future of Europe based on more inclusive notions of cultural heritage and cultural identity. Citizens For Europe will methodically design a multi-stakeholders' process and accompany a series of workshops to create a sustainable environment for dialogue between these actors and develop effective policy recommendations at the local and European level.
September 1, 2018


Wahlrecht für Alle - Voting right for all

We demand the right to vote for all people living here!

In Berlin more than 700,000 residents are excluded from voting in elections for local, regional and national representatives and referendums, simply because the Berlin electoral law is tied to German citizenship. Since 2011, the Berlin alliance “Wahlrecht für Alle” (“Voting Right for All”) has drawn attention to this injustice and has been committed to enabling the political participation of all people living in Berlin, regardless of their nationality. We therefore call for national voting right for EU citizens and third-country nationals, as well as for local and municipal voting right for third-country nationals.
August 31, 2018


NiCeR - Empowering local and newcomer youth

Using theater to strengthen youth participation in local life

Started in December 2015, the two-year NiCeR project used theater and the power of storytelling to develop a counter-narrative that strengthened youth participation in local cultural and social life while promoting skills development, empowerment and living together in cultural diversity. In Berlin, 30 young people from Berlin, Kosovo, Syria and Afghanistan came together, created and performed the musical What the Volk?! based on identity, belonging, migration and the power of language.
August 30, 2018

You and Me

You and Me - Empowering rural youth

A Youth film project for a new European narrative

Our youth film project brought together 9 young who grew up in the rural areas in Spain, Greece and Germany. They grabbed a camera and told their own stories beyond the media spin and stereotypes that have dominated the mainstream narrative in the European Union over the last few years. After taking part in a film training, they travelled in September and October 2016 as transnational groups through the rural areas of Brandenburg (Germany), Lesbos (Greece) and Aragón (Spain), where they interviewed other youngsters about their lives in the rural areas, their dreams and everyday challenges.