To compensate for the dearth of centralised and easily accessible information on “social inequalities woven into our society”, a group made up of researchers and representatives of NGOs is launching the “Belgian observatory of inequalities” on Monday. Thanks to a fully bilingual website, everyone will be able to better understand our society by getting the relevant information. The site offers 11 units of user-friendly articles covering various national topics – social class, wealth, education, work, gender, politics, culture,health, immigration, lifestyle and international sociological characteristics. The platform, part of the European network Inequality Watch, is based on the idea that “to succeed in the fight against inequalities, we must understand them, and how they appear and stay in place.” Originators of the observatory all work together to “pull scientific research out of academia” by popularising rigorous university research, data collected by NGOs, papers by economists, and the findings of institutions such as OECD.
The website is called inégalités.be and aims to be an “open and participatory” media offering anyone interested the opportunity to be part of the project by writing or translating articles.
Oscar Schneider (Source: Belga)