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UNIA is an independent public institution that fights discrimination and promotes equal opportunities. Our independence and engagement in favor of human rights is recognized by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions. We have interfederal competence, which means that, in Belgium, we are active at the federal level as well as the level of the regions and communities. 

Unia encourages society as a whole, and particularly government authorities, public institutions and companies, to combat discrimination and segregation. We also provide support to citizens who have experienced discrimination.

We are authorised to address discrimination on various grounds, such as: race, faith or creed, disability, age and sexual orientation. Click here to view the grounds for discrimination for which Unia is competent. There is a separate Institute for the promotion of gender equality: the Institute for the Equality of Women and Men.