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Anti Discrimination

How to Prevent Discrimination & Misinformation

Anti Discrimination

How to take action if someone is spreading misinformation

Many people are worried and anxious right now – and in difficult times people sometimes share incorrect or inaccurate information. Often, they are not doing this on purpose and are trying to be helpful – they simply don’t know where to find the correct information.

What to do if a family member or friend is spreading misinformation:

  1. You may want to approach them privately first – in person or via direct message. They are more likely to be receptive if they don’t feel publicly embarrassed.
  2. Don’t accuse them of spreading misinformation. Instead point out to them that the story or advice they shared doesn’t look like it came from a trustworthy source OR that it is not the most accurate.
  3. Point them to reliable and trustworthy sources like UNICEF and the World Health Organization and encourage them to follow these organizations for up-to-date and accurate information.

How to take action if someone is promoting discrimination

There is no excuse for discrimination or xenophobia during a disease outbreak – or in any situation. COVID-19 can affect anyone and everyone – regardless of where they come from, what they look like, or how old they are. Migrants and refugees are among the most vulnerable groups. COVID-19 does not discriminate, nor should our response.

What to do if a family member or friend is saying something discriminatory:

  1. Once again, approach them privately first – in person or via direct message. They are more likely to be receptive if they don’t feel publicly embarrassed.
  2. Point out to them that viruses can affect anyone and everyone, and that this is not about one group of people.
  3. Point out to them that singling out one group of people and blaming them for the virus could have very serious consequences – it might encourage violence and prevent people from seeking medical care when they need it, which will further spread the disease.
  4. Remind them that at times like this we need to support one another and promote kindness and compassion – even if we are scared.
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