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Equinet is opening a traineeship position for the period March-August in order to assist the Secretariat, and the policy and communication teams in particular, in carrying out activities and tasks related to the delivery of the activities planned in 2019.

 

Hate speech and hate crime are growing and damaging phenomena across Europe. This is recognised in the work of the European Commission and of the Council of Europe. European standards for equality bodies recommend that their mandate be extended to include hate speech. Few equality bodies have an explicit mandate on hate speech, many have, however, interpreted their mandate to include hate speech. This situation can leave them lacking the competences and resources required to make an impact.

The Equinet Perspective ’Extending the Agenda. Equality Bodies addressing Hate Speech’ was written by Niall Crowley, with the support of Equinet’s Policy Formation Working Group.

 

Equinet Calendar 2019

January 3rd 2019

Equality bodies assist victims of discrimination in a wide variety of ways. This calendar highlights some of the work that our members do to promote equal treatment in their respective countries.

 

Equinet in 2019

January 2nd 2019

2019 is a milestone year for Equinet as our European Network of Equality Bodies embarks on the first year of its new Strategic Plan for the period 2019 - 2022. Building upon our achievements and learnings from previous years, we start with renewed motivation and energy to work towards the realisation of the objectives under the new Strategic Plan, to advance and achieve substantive equality for all in Europe.

 

This Equinet report has been prepared by the Gender Equality Working Group with the aim to help equality bodies and other institutions to better understand the issues of gender-based discrimination in education. With a foreword by European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová, the report provides ideas and good practices on how to become active in promoting gender equality and fighting gender-based discrimination in schools.

 

The latest publication of the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination, "Equality bodies making a difference", focuses on the important work of equality bodies, looking at the diversity, potential and context of equality bodies, and then focusing on different aspects of standards for equality bodies, such as institutional architecture, independence, effectiveness and accessibility. The impact of equality bodies on society is also addressed, as well as proposals for useful measures at EU, national and equality body level.

 

There have been a range of important events taking place at in Brussels over the past few weeks, focusing on democracy in the EU, being black in Europe, legal developments at EU level and tackling discrimination against Muslims in the EU. Equinet was there, representing the expert voice of equality bodies to advance equality in Europe.

 

On 19-21 November, the European Network of Equality Bodies (Equinet) and the National Office against Racial Discrimination (UNAR) co-organised a two-and-a-half-day seminar to build the individual capacity of equality bodies’ staff members to deal with hate speech both on and off line. The seminar focused on understanding the phenomenon of hate speech, as well as looking at how equality bodies can manage and prevent hate speech.

 

In November 2018, a first of its kind event co-organized with the Open Society Justice Initiative, brought together more than 30 Equality Bodies from across Europe with civil society representatives and other expert speakers to discuss equality bodies’ roles in countering ethnic profiling. The seminar provided a forum to discuss good and promising practices by equality bodies, brought in the perspective of law enforcement authorities and NGOs working on the ground and added lessons learned from Canada on police oversight and community involvement.

 

On 7 November 2018, the General Assembly of Equinet Members met in Brussels for the 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM). This year’s AGM was highlighted by the adoption of Equinet’s Strategic Plan for 2019-2022 and 2019 Work Plan, as well as by the expansion of the Network to three new members.

 

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