On 25 May, UNHCR Representation for the Nordic and Baltic Countries will co-organize the annual conference of the Lithuanian Diversity Charter together with the NGO SOPA and the Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson.
The conference will focus on the impact of COVID-19 on the development of diversity and inclusion in the workplace through looking back at 2020 and at 2021. Participating CEOs will discuss practices and lessons learned during the pandemic and consider whether space for diversity and inclusion has shrunk since the first lockdown in March 2020.
During the panel discussion “Unused resources: refugees and pro-active labour market inclusion strategies”, panelists will look at current good practices in the Nordic and Baltic countries and beyond in order to develop pro-active labour market inclusion measures for refugees. The panelists will share existing tools and techniques that facilitate sustainable employment for refugees and address the issue of deskilling. They will also look at tools and techniques that foster upskilling and make use of the social, cultural and economic resources that refugees bring to the host country and society. Additionally, the panel will explore how sustainable refugee employment can counter existing narratives around asylum and refugee inclusion.
The conference will be held in both English and Lithuanian. The panel discussion “Unused resources: refugees and pro-active labour market inclusion strategies” will be held in English.