19 February 2014

'NEVER AGAIN' EXHIBITION PROMOTES ANTI-DISCRIMINATION IN POLISH PARLIAMENTAn anti-discrimination football exhibition prepared by the 'NEVER AGAIN'  Association has been opened in the main hall of the Polish Parliament on  19 February 2014.

The opening ceremony was hosted by Deputy Speaker Wanda Nowicka, Poland's  leading campaigner against discrimination and for women's rights.

'NEVER AGAIN' EXHIBITION PROMOTES ANTI-DISCRIMINATION IN POLISH PARLIAMENT The exhibition was brought to the Parliament on the initiative of Robert  Biedron MP, the founder of Campaign Against Homophobia and a longtime ally  of the 'NEVER AGAIN' Association. Since autumn 2013, Robert Biedron is the  General Rapporteur on LGBT rights in the Parliamentary Assembly of the  Council of Europe.

The opening ceremony was also attended by, among others, Equality Minister  Agnieszka Kozlowska-Rajewicz and Artur Gorczynski MP for the Parliamentary  Committee on Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The exhibition will be displayed for a full week during the Parliament in  session and it will be seen by hundreds of politicians, journalists and  visitors. It has already travelled around the country and has been shown  in numerous schools, clubs and community centres.

The exhibition is entitled 'Let's Kick Racism out of the Stadiums' and it  celebrates football as a force which unites people irrespective of their  ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability. It  showcases the multi-cultural history of Polish football and the  contribution of ethnic minority players - Jewish, Russian, African and  others - to the Polish game. It also illustrates the persisting problems  such as antisemitism, racism, and other discriminations. Finally, the  exhibition reminds of the festive atmosphere of Euro 2012 and the legacy  of the ‘RESPECT Diversity - Football Unites’ campaign implemented by the  'NEVER AGAIN' Association in cooperation with UEFA and the FARE network.

'We witness with horror the tragedy which has unfolded in the Ukraine in  these days. We also think back to the good moments of the European  Championships hosted by our nations' - said Dr Rafal Pankowski of the  'NEVER AGAIN' Association and Vice-Chair of the Board of the FARE Network.

The ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association is an anti-racist educational, research and  monitoring organization established in Poland in 1996. In 2009, in  cooperation with UEFA and the FARE network ‘NEVER AGAIN’ set up the East  Europe Monitoring Centre documenting racism and xenophobia across the  region. In 2012, it implemented the 'RESPECT Diversity - Football Unites'  social responsibility project accompanying the European Football  Championships in Poland and Ukraine. In recent weeks and months, ‘NEVER  AGAIN’ has conducted dozens of grass-roots anti-racism events and  trainings for schools and other institutions and it has shared experiences  on the ground with partners in several countries such as Russia, Greece,  Germany, Norway, and Sweden.

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