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Equality Policy in the Parties’ Pre-election Perspectives – 2020


The given document presents an analysis of the political parties' programs and policies on equality-related issues. More precisely, the document exhaustively reviews and analyzes the discourses, visions, and strategies presented by the parties in their election programs regarding the rights and needs of non-dominant religious and ethnic groups, as well as the women and LGBT rights and protection of human rights in conflict regions.

Generally speaking, it creates a feeling that equality policy is not a priority for most political parties, and most of them apply to the trivial and mainstream paradigms and visions. For the majority of political parties, the idea of equality is limited to formal equality before the law; The parties do not recognize sharply asymmetric status of various oppressed, excluded groups and the requirement for special interventions and policies by the State to create a fair political and social environment for them. The superficial nature of political programs and visions once again demonstrates the problem that parties show less attention and interest in minority groups; It should be noted that minorities did not participate in the program development process, which, in turn, reveals the problem of low representation of various non-dominant social groups in the parties. Despite the extensive work and experience of state institutions in the field of equality policy, political parties have not made a critical and structural analysis of the past and the results achieved, they do not put forward new alternatives and visions. Regardless of the social conflicts on equality issues, and the growing trends of chauvinism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, homophobia in our society and the political instrumentalization of these attitudes by certain political groups, the parties had not realized their political responsibility to strengthen emancipatory political ideas in society and to build social consensus on equality and solidarity ideals.

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