Increase equality and combat discrimination

The principles of equality and non-discrimination are at the heart of human rights and help to reduce disadvantage for many reasons and in many areas. Human rights are not restricted to special groups.

They are for everyone, for the whole society and for the whole world. However, discrimination against religious, ethnic and national minorities, people of African descent, indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, migrants, the elderly, children, women and LGBTI people, among others, persists. Traditional forms of prejudice combine with social and income inequality to fuel conflict, racism and xenophobia. Likewise, the increase in social communication media has caused the spread of hateful messages that fuel discrimination. At the same time, the 2030 Agenda and its commitment to "leave no one behind" has generated a push for equality and non-discrimination.

We will dedicate ourselves to promoting equality and combating discrimination through laws and institutions and will encourage rights-based and inclusive public discourse; we will pay special attention to discrimination against women, the disabled and migrants; We will combat hate speech in digital spaces, and we will aim to ensure that the UN system and the implementation of the SDGs adopt a human rights-based response to discrimination and inequality, to ensure that no one is left behind.

Laws, policies and practices combat discrimination in all its forms more effectively

We will develop good practices to combat discrimination and will be in contact with policy makers for their application. We will reveal underlying social norms and take the lead in strategic advocacy to combat all discriminatory laws, practices and policies and oppose racial profiling, segregation and stigmatizing practices. We will facilitate and create new partnerships for positive change, and advocate for the inclusion of those left behind in the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs. We will underpin local actions to combat discrimination and encourage young people to speak out against discrimination, including through schools. In all our work, we will pay special attention to multiple and intersectional discrimination and combat the growing threats of hate speech and hate crimes.

Judicial systems and related institutions increase monitoring and investigation of discrimination

We aim to help formal and informal justice systems apply a human rights-based and victim-centered approach through legal advice and technical assistance; encourage and assist States to address the factors that contribute to disparities in the administration of justice, including through the collection and analysis of comparative data; monitor and fight against the prejudices of law enforcement agencies, the administration of justice and the penalties imposed; and assist national and independent accountability mechanisms and state institutions to monitor and investigate cases of discrimination. In addition, we will empower groups and individuals who experience discrimination to demand justice and accountability for violations suffered, including by providing support for strategic litigation.

Legal and social frameworks increase the promotion of women's and girls' autonomy

We will help in actions to promote the autonomy of women and girls and comprehensively address gender-based violence (GBV). We will help to develop non-discriminatory and appropriate legal and policy frameworks, focusing on custody, protection orders, access to social services, legacies, nationality, work, access to credit and legal status; we will continue efforts to integrate human rights into policies that address abuse and violence online; We will collect evidence and rights-based guidance on GBV, harmful practices and the proper use of criminal laws, and assess the barriers limiting women's and girls' online participation. We will strengthen the capacity of various actors, including civil society, to monitor gender-based violence and harmful practices, and advocate for approaches that promote women's and girls' autonomy and freedom of choice. We will use our convening power to generate spaces for debate and the exchange of knowledge; and we will communicate with new allies.

Judicial institutions, the media and other sectors better recognize and oppose gender stereotypes

We will carry out studies on how gender stereotypes and harmful social conventions in the media, judicial systems and digital spaces undermine gender equal rights, and we will produce tools and guidance to strengthen the capacity of journalists, judges, digital technology companies , border control officers and law enforcement officers to address harmful gender bias in their work. We will raise awareness among youth and communities and help civil society organizations to monitor and analyze gender stereotypes and challenge harmful social conventions and prejudices.

The principles and practices effectively combat discrimination

We will support analysis of the human rights implications of artificial intelligence, big data, and discrimination and hate speech in the digital space, as well as identifying and clarifying principles and best practices. We will cooperate with governments and the private sector to protect human rights in the digital space and address discrimination and hate speech. We will help address the digital divide and work to integrate human rights into the UN system in this area.

The human rights of all migrants are protected

We intend to monitor and report on the rights of migrants during all phases of the migration cycle; advocate for the full implementation of the specific protections to which migrants in vulnerable situations are entitled; provide technical assistance, guidance material and legal expertise in support of human rights-based approaches to migration governance, and build the capacity of Member States, civil society, national human rights institutions and allies of the UN to promote and apply approaches with a human rights perspective. We will conduct research and analysis of emerging issues related to migration, including migrants in vulnerable situations, return and reintegration, and the human rights links between migration and climate change, poverty, women's rights and child protection, and we will produce communication tools to reframe hostile narratives towards migration and amplify the voices of migrants.

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