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On 3 May 2017, Equinet organised a strategic meeting for its members to discuss further steps that could be taken to achieve the introduction and strengthening of standards for equality bodies. The meeting was attended by 21 equality body staff members (representing 19 equality bodies) from 17 jurisdictions.

 

Equinet Chair Evelyn Collins met with a number of European stakeholders recently in order to update them on our work and discuss common areas of interest.

 

On Wednesday 26 April, the European Commission launched its proposal for the European Pillar of Social Rights. The Commission has also put forward a number of legislative and non-legislative initiatives related to work-life balance, the information of workers, access to social protection and working time.

 

On the 24th of April, the Annual Convention on Inclusive Growth (ACIG) on ’youth and social inclusion’ was held in Brussels. It brought together policy makers and civil society to discuss what the EU can do to ensure that all citizens reap the benefits of truly inclusive growth. Equinet and partners organised a side event on ’Ensuring the right of young people to adequate income’.

 

On April 6-7, 2017, a regional workshop for equality bodies on eliminating violence against women was held in Tbilisi, organised in cooperation by the European Commission, the Public Defender’s Office of Georgia and Equinet, within the framework of the European Commission’s Eastern Partnership Technical Assistance and Information Exchange (TAIEX) instrument.

This was one of the official events of the European Commission’s year of focused actions to combat violence against women.

 

The Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights in Hungary hosted the kick off meeting for our project on combating violence against women on 22 March. This was followed by the Working Group meeting on Gender Equality on 23 March.

 

The perspective aims to draw out, analyse and learn from the work and experience of equality bodies in combating discrimination against young people and to tease out the implications of their work for policy and practice development.

 

Equinet has been busy over the past couple of years! Read our Highlights to find out more about our activities in 2015/6.

 

On the fringes of the Equinet board meeting in Warsaw on 16 March, Equinet board members and staff met with key actors in the field of equality in Poland, including the Commissioner for Human Rights Adam Bodnar, the Plenipotentiary for Civil Society and Equal Treatment and representatives of civil society.

 

On 9th and 10th March 2017, Equinet and the Croatian Office of the Ombudswoman for Persons with Disabilities co-organised a capacity-building seminar on Equality bodies tackling discrimination against persons with intellectual disabilities. The event took place in Zagreb, Croatia.

 

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