Full text: Diversity means equal but different

Diversity means
Equal but Different

Berlin is a city of Diversity
Berlin’s diversity shapes the city and contributes to its
appeal. In order to encourage the respect of diversity
and equality, the Berlin State Office for Equal Treatment and against Discrimination (LADS) of the Senate Department for Labour, Integration and Women’s
Issues is continually delivering projects and training
courses. Promoting diversity in the administration is
a major objective of the LADS.

Do you know?
… that people from over 190 nations live in the city of
… that Berlin is home to one of the largest lesbian,
bisexual, gay and transgender communities in Europe.
… that people with disabilities are active in numerous
associations as they seek to improve their participation in society and raise their profile.
… that 38 % of primary school children in Berlin are
… that the number of people 80 years of age and older3 is growing steadily and an absence of barriers is a
prerequisite for social participation.
1 Source:
OT_A08-07-00_192_201401_BE.pdf, dated 30.06.2014
2 Source: Berlin-Brandenburg Office of Statistics, Statistical Yearbook 2013, p.
3, p.19

Factsheet 06e

?! Frequently Asked Questions
What is the objective of diversity approaches?
Diversity approaches are intended to achieve respectful treatment of diversity for everyone. Freedom from
discrimination is a fundamental aim.
What is diversity competence?
Diversity competence begins with the perception of
differences and common features in relation to the experiences and needs of people. Thus, for example, it
is a matter of perceiving whether and where specific
social groups are unrepresented or hardly represented
at all and of asking which barriers might be responsible for that. A knowledge of diversity and (un)equal
opportunities in our society is important in this regard.

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Diversity as an area of activity of LADS
In accordance with the General Equal Treatment Act (German abbreviation: AGG), the
LADS takes account of the following dimensions of diversity:

The LADS has been presenting projects aimed at promoting diversity in Berlin’s administration since 2009.
These include:
• Berlin – City of Diversity: In cooperation with the
association “Eine Welt der Vielfalt Berlin e. V.” and
the SPI foundation, this project is intended to improve diversity within the departments of the Berlin

Ethnic origin / skin colour
Religion / belief and
Sexual identity

• ViVe-Diversity in Public Administration: In cooperation with the borough of Lichtenberg, Pankow, Tempelhof Schöneberg and the association “Eine Welt
der Vielfalt Berlin e. V.”, this project is intended to
promote diversity in Berlin’s borough administrations.

Depending on the context, other dimensions
may be significant, such as: social origin,
education and training, marital status and

As part of these projects, advanced training courses
and specialist workshops are offered and informational materials are published. The interdepartmental
Network for Equal Opportunity and Diversity has been
launched and the Berlin Diversometer, an online tool
to raise awareness within the administration, has been
set up.

An unprejudiced attitude is essential for dealing
with diversity professionally, with individuals being
recognised and appreciated. It is a question of applying knowledge and sensitivity and avoiding a “pigeon-hole” approach. Last but not least, specialized
and practical skills are required in relation to the way
in which preventing discrimination and promoting
equal opportunities can be practically implemented.

Further information on the topic of diversity
is available at:

Diversity in Berlin’s
As the largest employer and service provider in the
city, Berlin’s administration is adapting to the diversity of people living in Berlin. In order to encourage
diversity among employees and adapt services to the
lifestyles and needs of citizens, measures to promote
a culture of diversity have been implemented in Berlin’s administration over several years. Some of these
activities are supported by LADS with various projects.

Senate Department for Labour,
Integration and Women’s Issues
Berlin State Office for Equal Treatment
and against Discrimination (LADS)
Oranienstr. 106
10969 Berlin, Germany

Contact person:
Berlin State Office for Equal Treatment
and against Discrimination (LADS)
Dr. Sonja Dudek
Phone: 0049 (0) 30 9028-2736

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