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Racist behaviour often results in racial discrimination, with its obvious negative consequences, ranging from simple neglect, or the avoidance of those believed to be different and inferior, to more explicit forms of harassment, exploitation or exclusion.

Creuza Oliveira, a domestic worker in Brazil

The voice of Creuza Oliveira tells the story of more than nine million Brazilian domestic workers, mostly women, mostly black, for whom slavery is not relegated to the dust piles of history. It is also the story of the revolutionary impact unions and social movements can have on entrenched and systemic injustices.

Khalid Hussain, an Urdu-speaking Bihari in Bangladesh

Khalid Hussain is a Bihari from Bangladesh. He describes the Urdu speaking Biharis as the most disadvantaged group in Bangladesh because they are not recognized as citizens in the country they regard as their home.

Elena Gorolová, a Roma in the Czech Republic

Elena Gorolová and her husband had always dreamed of having a little girl. Blessed with the birth of two sons, they looked forward to the next — until she was told she had been sterilized without her knowledge by the very doctor who delivered her son.

Honourable Al Shaymaa J. Kwegyir, an albino in Tanzania

Al Shaymaa J. Kwegyir, a Tanzanian member of parliament describes albinism as a "disability just like any other form of disability" but in Tanzania it’s a condition where many sufferers are forced into hiding for fear of their lives.

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