How can I fight back against discrimination?

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If you have experienced discrimination, you can fight back. 

It’s best to get support from a counseling center beforehand. Addresses can be found here.

In the case of discrimination on account of an HIV infection, assistance can also be obtained from Deutsche Aidshilfe (German AIDS Service Organization), an NGO.

At any event, it is advisable to tell the staff at a counseling center about the discrimination you have experienced:

  • They will tell you about the possibilities there are to take action and who can provide support.
  • You can also make contact with people who have had similar experiences and exchange notes with them.
  • Some counseling centers offer empowerment-workshops on how to cope with discrimination and how to handle such experiences in a self-determined and self-confident way.
  • By reporting discrimination, you help uncover situations that need to be addressed. It also enables counseling centers to expand and improve their services.
  • It also provides an opportunity to sensitize the general public with regard to discrimination issues and to contribute to the creation of a culture of anti-discrimination.