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Since 2013, there has been an enhanced focus on gender equality in Equinet’s work following the incorporation of the work of the former Network of Gender Equality Bodies (previously led and facilitated by the European Commission).
As laid out in the Gender Equal Treatment Directives, equality bodies are mandated to promote equality and combat discrimination in relation to gender.

 

This perspective explores the experience of equality bodies in making links with ombudsperson offices, and, in particular, multi-mandate bodies, specifically where a single institution holds both the equality mandate and the ombudsperson mandate.

 

The preliminary findings resulting from the public consultation on the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020 has been published. The consultation ran from 19 July 2017 to 25 October 2017 and gathered 240 replies. The summary report takes stock of the contributions received and gives an overview of the opinions expressed by the respondents.

 

Equinet Calendar 2018

January 11th 2018

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

 

On the occasion of our conference on "Inclusion of and discrimination against migrants in Europe" (7th of December, Brussels), we have updated our "Factsheet and compendium of good practices on the inclusion of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Europe" published in 2016 with new equality bodies’ practices.

 

As part of the awareness raising campaign for the International Decade, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is organizing five regional meetings. Such meetings focus on trends, priorities and challenges at the national and regional levels to effectively implement the Decade’s Programme of Activities. The meetings are also an occasion to exchange good practices.

This second regional meeting on 23-24 November in Geneva provided an opportunity to reflect on ways and means that governments from Europe, Central Asia and North America in partnership with equality bodies, national human rights institutions, civil society, development agencies and regional organizations, may pursue to integrate the provisions of the Programmes of Activities in their policies, programmes and strategies tailored for people of African descent.

 

2017 has been designated by the European Commission as the year dedicated to combating violence against women. Many equality bodies are on the forefront of this work, carrying out projects aimed at developing and implementing practical and targeted information to combat violence against women, as well as awareness-raising and education activities. 25 November is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

 

The Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth, taking place in Gothenburg on 17 November, will focus on how to make the most of new opportunities and tackle common challenges for the labour markets and welfare models of today and tomorrow. By building on each country’s perspective and experience, discussions will contribute to shaping a better future for Europeans.

 

On 20-21 November 2017 the European Commission hosts its Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights. This year’s theme is ’Women’s Rights in Turbulent Times’. The recent media attention on harassment in particular, and women’s rights in general, has highlighted that there are still many challenges to achieving gender equality in our societies, making this year’s Colloquium particularly topical. Women are still underrepresented in decision-making positions, both in politics and the business world; women still earn 16% less than men on average across the EU; and violence against women is still widespread. On 25 November, the European Commission will also mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

 

13 November 2017 - Brussels, Strasbourg, Vienna, Warsaw - On the 10th anniversary of the landmark judgment of the European Court of Human Rights on the segregation of Roma children in education, equality and human rights organizations call for a redoubling of efforts to bring children together in the spirit of Europe’s commitment to dignity, equality and human rights.

 

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