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Racial Equality

OFMDFM is committed to building a society in which racial equality and diversity is supported, understood, valued and respected, where people of minority ethnic backgrounds have a sense of belonging which is acknowledged and valued by people from all backgrounds.

Development of the Racial Equality Strategy for Northern Ireland 2014 - 2024

A consultation on The Racial Equality Strategy 'A Sense of Belonging: Delivering Social Change through a Racial Equality Strategy for Northern Ireland 2014 – 2024' took place between June 2014 and October 2014. You can find out more via the link below:
Proposals for the final strategy are currently being developed.

Minority Ethnic Development Fund

The Minority Ethnic Development Fund (MEDF) provides support for voluntary and community organisations working with minority ethnic people and groups to promote good relations.
Applications to the Fund for 2015/16 are currently being considered.

Racial Equality Strategy 2005-2010

A Racial Equality Strategy was published in July 2005. The strategy set out a framework for Government and all sections of civil society in Northern Ireland for the creation of a community where racism, in any of its forms, is not tolerated and where all people enjoy equality of opportunity and equal protection.
You can access the strategy and related publications via the link below:

Related publications and legislation

Contact the Racial Equality Unit

You can contact the Racial Equality Unit in OFMDFM via the information below:
Racial Equality Unit
Room E3.17
Castle Buildings
Stormont Estate
Belfast BT4 3SR
Tel: 028 9052 8560
Fax: 028 9052 3272