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The General Assembly of Equinet Members will meet for the 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Brussels, Belgium on 7 November, and bring together heads and senior management representatives from all Equinet member and observer national equality bodies.

 

This one-and-a-half-day seminar was co-organized with the European Youth Forum (YFJ) and brought together national equality bodies working on issues related to equality and age/intersectional discrimination against young people and Youth Forum member organisations. The seminar was hosted by the Advocate of the Principle of Equality.

 

According to a 2015 Eurobarometer survey, around 12% of people in Europe consider themselves at risk of discrimination. In fact, any person in Europe could potentially fall victim to this injustice, write Birgit Van Hout from the regional representative for Europe of the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and Tena Šimonović Einwalter from Equinet.

 

The European Commission’s Recommendation on standards for equality bodies is a key step in guaranteeing that equality bodies can fulfil their potential to work independently and effectively as valuable catalysts for more equal societies. Equinet and national equality bodies call on Member States to follow the Commission’s recommendations, and on the Commission to ensure strong and effective monitoring of its Recommendation.

 

This conference took place on 1 June in Brussels, and was convened to address the challenges to equality, discuss European-level solutions and identify the role equality bodies can play in these.

 

Work Life Balance

May 24th 2018

The series of Equinet’s ’In Focus Briefs’ are short thematic papers, which highlight the work of Equinet and its members, as well as European developments on a given topic.

This one focuses on the issue of work life balance, highlighting the work of equality bodies to support work life balance, what challenges they face and good practice examples. EU level developments on work life balance are also outlined.

 

Each year on 17 May, the international community celebrates the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). While it is a day of celebration of the vast diversity of people’s sexualities, gender identities and sex characteristics, and of the legal and social advances concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people in the past two decades, it is also a day to raise awareness on existing widespread discrimination and violence in many countries. As in previous years, this article explains the importance of IDAHOT, the highlights of this day and the contribution of equality bodies to the advancement of equality and non-discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity to date.

 

This Handbook on strategic litigation was produced by Equinet, the European Network of Equality Bodies to serve as a useful resource for equality bodies and their partners considering to engage in strategic litigation.

 

Equinet Highlights 2017

April 17th 2018

This report brings together the main highlights of our work, including events, publications and other activities throughout 2017, as outlined in our 2017 Work Plan. It includes a particular focus on 2017 as our 10th anniversary year.

 

8 April is International Roma Day, a day on which we celebrate the Romani culture across the world and raise awareness of the issues and problems that the Roma communities face. Europe’s largest ethnic minority - an estimated 10 million Roma live in Europe and six million within the EU - is often subject to discrimination and social exclusion.

 

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