What Can You Do Yourself?

As we just told you, there is a distinction between conscious and unconscious discrimination. Both are hurtful, but both require a different solution. When you feel that the perpetrator is doing it unconsciously, speak to the person about his/her behaviour. Often, people do not realise that their behaviour deeply hurts others. It may take courage, but it is a start to ending discrimination. If, as a victim, you feel that the person discriminating is doing it deliberately, it is wise to talk about it with someone you trust. This could be a colleague, someone in your private circle, or your supervisor. You can also choose to report this unwanted behaviour. You can do so to the police (discrimination is a criminal offence), or to an independent body that will investigate.