Empowerment means increasing people’s autonomy and self-determination. It is about enhancing participation, acquiring power, broadening options and resources – both at the level of the individual and at the level of society (social justice).
The Anti-Discrimination Network offers space, support and resources for empowerment processes. These provide a framework for people who have experienced discrimination to gain strength, both individually and in groups, to work together to develop strategies and to resist discrimination.
Empowerment is the opposite of paternalism and of condescending forms of help. We work with our partners as equals. We consider you as active players in our anti-discrimination work. Counsellors cannot themselves empower people affected by discrimination. What we can do is actively and consciously encourage processes of self-empowerment, including individual counselling to anyone who seeks our support.