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In the report Harassment on the basis of Gender and Sexual Harassment (2014), national equality bodies flag the need to build a culture of rights to ensure that the rights we have on paper according to EU and national law become a reality on the ground.

 

On 17th and 18th October 2017, the UN Office for Human Rights (OHCHR), the International Disability Alliance (IDA), the European Disability Forum (EDF) and Equinet co-organised a technical workshop on engaging with the UNCRPD Committee.

 

The Equinet network, and in particular its work on standards for equality bodies, was presented to Member State representatives this week, at the European Commission’s High Level Group on Non-discrimination, Equality and Diversity.

 

 

 

Why do stories matter? What is framing? And how can we create the right messages to talk to a given audience?

’Framing Equality: Communication Handbook for Equality Bodies’ explains the importance of framing - how the stories told interact with our thinking - and explains how to craft our communication to create sustainable social change.

It incorporates research insights, examples and interactive activities to offer a practical and creative guide for your communication.

 

The General Assembly of Equinet Members met in Brussels on 11 October for the 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Equinet AGM saw the election of a new Executive Board, a change in the Equinet Statutes, as well as the adoption of the Workplan for 2018.

 

“Equinet, European Network of Equality Bodies, provides a key platform for peer support among equality bodies and for identifying and communicating the policy lessons from our work. Equinet has achieved much in its first 10 years and can point to a valued contribution to advancing equality in Europe. It is well placed to continue this contribution at a time when our ambitions for equality are being sorely tested across Europe.” – Evelyn Collins, Chair of Equinet Executive Board

 

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

The first one gives an overview of the work of the Equinet Network over the past 10 years.

 

Since 2007, Equinet has been promoting equality in Europe by supporting and enabling the work of national equality bodies. It supports equality bodies to be independent and effective as valuable catalysts for more equal societies.

In 2017, Equinet celebrates its 10th Anniversary! We have grown from a project-based set-up of six members to become the recognised European Network of Equality Bodies, a membership organisation bringing together 46 equality bodies from 34 European countries.

As part of these celebrations, we would like to look at:

  • Equinet Past: Take a look back at the work that Equinet and its members have carried out over the past 10 years.
  • Equinet Present and Future: Identify opportunities and challenges within the Network at present, that should be taken on board as we develop into the future.
  • EU Developments: See how equality and anti-discrimination legislation and policy has developed during that time.

 

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