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Racial Equality Strategy 2014-2024

The Racial Equality Strategy for Northern Ireland 2014 - 2024 will establish a framework for Government departments (and others) to tackle racial inequalities, to eradicate racism and hate crime and along with Together: Building a United Community, to promote good race relations and social cohesion.

A Sense of Belonging: Delivering Social Change through a Racial Equality Strategy for Northern Ireland 2014 – 2024

The First Minister and deputy First Minister have launched the new Racial Equality Strategy for consultation. The proposals have been developed with minority ethnic representative groups and representatives of the wider community through our Racial Equality Panel.
The Strategy will establish a framework for Government departments and others:
  • to tackle racial inequalities and to open up opportunity for all;
  • to eradicate racism and hate crime; and
  • along with Together: Building a United Community, to promote good race relations and social cohesion.
The Strategy also sets out six strategic aims that the Executive will pursue in eradicating racism and tackling racial inequalities.
  • Elimination of Racial Inequality
  • Combating racism and hate crime
  • Equality of Service Provision
  • Participation
  • Social Cohesion
  • Capacity Building

Racial Equality Strategy Indicators

To monitor the success of the Racial Equality Strategy, OFMDFM, in conjunction with an expert advisory group, have developed a draft set of Racial Equality Indicators for consultation. This consultation is specifically looking at the Racial Equality Indicators, but will run concurrently with the main Racial Equality Strategy consultation.

Have your say

We would urge everyone to give their views and play a part in the consultation. You can access the consultation document at the link below.

How to respond

You can respond to this consultation by completing the online questionnaire at the link below.
While we have asked specific questions to which we would appreciate your answer, please do not feel constrained by these. We would welcome your views on any aspect of a Sense of Belonging.
You can also send us your views in writing either by post or by email to the address below. If you require additional copies of this document or if you need an alternative format please use the contact information below.
OFMDFM Equality Directorate
Racial Equality Unit
Room E4.15
Castle Buildings
Stormont Estate
Belfast BT4 3SQ
Tel: 028 9052 8560
We also intend to consult the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, the Human Rights Commission and Trade Unions.

Deadline for response 10 October 2014

Public meetings

Public meetings will take place at a range of locations, please register your attendance by contacting:
Email: or
Tel: 028 9052 8560
BallymenaTuesday 9 September 2014
The Braid Arts Centre
1-29 Bridge Street
BT43 5EJ
DungannonWednesday 10 September 2014
Unit 2, Ballysaggart Business Complex
2 Beechview Way
BT70 1BS
Derry/LondonderryTuesday 16 September 2014
NICEM North West
The Old Church
Clarendon Street
BT48 7ES
BelfastWednesday 17 September 2014
Chinese Welfare Association
1 Stranmillis Embankment
Craigavon Wednesday 24 September 2014
Craigavon Civic & Conference Centre
Lakeview Road
BT64 1AL
NewryThursday 25 September 2014
Ballybot House
28 Cornmarket
BT35 8BG

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