About The Diversity Initiative

Responding to an increase in the number of suspected racially motivated attacks in Ukraine beginning in December 2006, International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Amnesty International (AI) and other concerned civil society organizations formed the Diversity Initiative network in April 2007 to begin addressing the issue in a coordinated way.

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The cultural, institutional and individual set of practices and beliefs that assign different (lower) value to people who have developmental, emotional, physical, sensory or health-related disabilities, thereby resulting in differential treatment.

Aborogimal peoples

The descendants of the original inhabitants of North America. Term used to collectively describe three cultural groups of aboriginal people - «Inuit», «Métis People», and «First Nations». The term "Aboriginal», should be used only as an adjective to describe individuals or mixed groups.


The process of interchanging cultural traits (customs, manners, values, etc.) among different ethnic groups, thus contributing to the further growth and enrichment of each one as one group adopts the values and traditions of another racial-ethnic group.


Strategies, theories and actions that challenge socially and historically built inequalities and injustices ingrained in our systems and institutions by policies and practices that allow certain groups to dominate over other groups.


An active and consistent process of change to eliminate individual, institutional and systemic racism as well as the oppression and injustice racism causes.