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Being diverse means resisting the idea that one cannot be many. Being diverse is to embrace the different nuances that make us who we are. It’s about reclaiming our voice, respecting our discourse and improving our narrative tools, an essential step towards the construction of a society that respects and is proud of its diversity. Being with “others” is thinking with “others”, recognizing “others” and recognizing oneself as the “other”. Difference is constitutive of being human.
No person is one-dimensional. No person can define themselves once and for all. We change, we transform, we grow, we develop and we evolve. We learn, we acquire and we reject. We change our mind. This is why we talk about identities, instead of identity. There is no single identity for each person. We go out into the world with diverse identities that expand and contract according to where and with whom we are. Some identities we feel more comfortable with, and others make us feel shy or scared.
We see differences as a concrete and positive starting point. We understand society as a mosaic capable of including everyone, regardless of their particular characteristics. We know being different is a right, but we also believe it’s a responsibility. We work to promote an inclusive orientation respectful of individuals. We wish to promote the value of diversity, understanding its meaning in everyday life, for the future of both individuals and society.
We understand discrimination as a set of cultural practices that stigmatize, repress and infringe the equality of opportunities and outcomes of distinct groups and individuals, based on the inequalities and differences attributed to them. Discriminatory social practices do not depend on the intention of their perpetrator nor on the perception of the discriminated. Discrimination is a social and collective fact, an act that enables violence.
Discrimination is produced in a relation of inequality. Discrimination is a strategy of power. Ignorance is the basis of discrimination. So is education.
What is stereotyping? To stereotype is to reduce “others” to the lowest common denominator, concealing and denying all the individual qualities that make us, or the ”others”, someone unique. A stereotype can be understood as a set of generalized characteristics attributed to a group or a collective, reproduced in discourses, practices, actions, media, etc., thus limiting their possible responses and reactions to these classifications. Stereotypes are created from outside of the collective.
We understand prejudice as opinions, ideas and practices that are based on socially constructed and reproduced stereotypes. Prejudice permeates all the spheres, institutions and realities we live in. Prejudice diminishes nuances and reduces diversity. Prejudice isolates us. Diversity makes us richer.