Intermediate Workshop

Multiversity Project | White Paper on Multiple and Intersectional Discrimination

June 23, 2023 - Amphitheater B, NOVA School of Law

The Multiversity Project aims to produce an integrated and coherent system that equalizes protections against discrimination based on different categories under analysis (ethnic-racial origin, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, and disability), including protections against multiple and intersectional discrimination.

To build a scientifically grounded recommendation, the project’s multidisciplinary team has carried out various activities over the past few months, including an in-depth analysis of the legal and institutional framework against discrimination in Portugal; the analysis of legal and institutional frameworks in several European countries, with special emphasis on Norway; and fieldwork involving consultation with various stakeholders, including Portuguese NGOs, Public Entities, Trade Unions and Employers’ Confederations, European Entities, and key informants, with expertise in the fields of law and equality.

Intermediate Workshop

The Intermediate Workshop will present some intermediate results based on the empirical data collected during the first nine months of project implementation. Based on this framework, the best legal and institutional response to the set of discriminations and their intersection will be considered, weighing the possibility of creating a new law that encompasses all categories, as well as multiple discrimination; that frames an institutional reform; and that promotes affirmative action measures in the private sector.


2:15 pm | Participants’ reception

2:30 pm | Opening Panel


  • Margarida Lima Rego, Dean of NOVA School of Law, Project Co-coordinator
  • Isabel Rodrigues, Secretary of State for Equality and Migrations

3:00 pm | Presentation of the diagnosis by the Project Team: intermediate results

  • Social analysis: Miguel Vale de Almeida and Joana Brilhante
  • Legal analysis: Veronica Corcodel and Maria João Resende

4:00 pm | The Norwegian experience


  • Lene Løvdal, Chairperson of Egalia – Centre Against Discrimination, Norway

4:15 pm | Coffee break

4:30 pm | Presentation of proposals by the Project Coordination

  • Paulo Côrte-Real
  • Margarida Lima Rego

5:00 pm | Campaign launch

5:15 pm | Closing

  • Maria Mineiro, Deputy Coordinator of the National Management Unit for EEA Grants
  • João Pereira, Office for Equality and Non-Discrimination of CIG
  • Margarida Lima Rego, Director of NOVA School of Law, Project Co-coordinator

The project is funded by the EEA Grants under the Gender Equality and Conciliation Program, promoted by the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality. It is promoted by NOVA School of Law as part of the activities of the NOVA Knowledge Centre for Data-Driven Law

Through the Agreement of the European Economic Area (EEA), Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are partners in the Single Market with the Member States of the European Union.

In order to promote a continuous and balanced strengthening of economic and trade relations, the parties to the EEA Agreement have established a multi-annual financial mechanism known as EEA Grants.

EEA Grants aim to reduce social and economic disparities in Europe and strengthen bilateral relations between these three countries and the beneficiary countries.

For the period 2014-2021, a total contribution of €2.8 billion has been agreed for 15 beneficiary countries. Portugal will benefit from an amount of €102.7 million.

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