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On 5 February 2018, Transgender Europe launched their latest report: "Oppression Squared: D/deaf and disabled trans experience in Europe" during a webinar, highlighting the various challenges that D/deaf and disabled trans people face in accessing their human rights and the barriers they experience in attempting to engage with LGBTIQ organizations. In this regard, the report presents a valuable source for organizations, including equality bodies, in ensuring accessibility and inclusiveness of their work for human rights, equality and non-discrimination.

 

IGLYO – The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Intersex (LGBTQI) Youth and Student Organisation launched the preliminary results of their LGBTQI Inclusive Education Index and Report at the European Parliament on 23 January 2018. The publications provide much needed qualitative data on areas such as laws, policies, teacher training, inclusive curricula to highlight both good practices and areas for development in each country and ensure that LGBTQI learners feel safe, supported and included within state educational institutions.

 

According to the United Nations, globally, at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). In line with equality between women and men being one of the European Union’s founding values, the EU has identified combating against violence against women and girls, including ending Female Genital Mutilation, as one of its priorities in the Strategy for equality between women and men 2010-2015 & Strategic engagement for gender equality 2016-2019. Equinet, as a key partner of the European Commission, has a special role in promoting a uniform application of EU law in the field of non-discrimination and equal treatment of women and men, and many of its member national equality bodies have a mandate to work on gender equality at national level.

 

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.

 

In many parts of the EU, civil society is under threat, finds a new report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). Given the vital role civil society plays in upholding democratic processes and in promoting human rights, decision makers need to ensure the important work of civil society is not undermined through policy and legal changes and funding cuts.

 

This paper – published by the Commissioner for Human Rights and the Council of Europe – addresses the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women in Europe. Despite considerable progress made in Europe in that direction, pervasive gender inequalities continue to affect women in Europe in all areas of life and often have profound effects on their sexual and reproductive rights. Laws, policies and practices in Europe still curtail and undermine women’s sexual and reproductive health, autonomy, dignity, integrity and decision making in serious ways. Moreover in recent years, resurgent threats have emerged in this field jeopardizing longstanding commitments to gender equality and women’s rights.

 

Revised ECRI GPR No.2 adopted

December 18th 2017

Equinet is very happy to hear that the ECRI General Policy Recommendation on Equality bodies to combat racism and intolerance at national level (Revised GPR No.2.) was adopted at ECRI’s 74th plenary meeting in December 2017.

 

This is the sixth issue of the biannual European equality law review, produced by the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination (EELN). This issue provides an overview of legal and policy developments across Europe, and as far as possible reflects the state of affairs from 1 January to 30 June 2017. The aim of the EELN is to provide the European Commission and the general public with independent information regarding gender equality and non-discrimination law, and more specifically the transposition and implementation of the EU equality and non-discrimination directives.

 

Persisting widespread discrimination, intolerance and hatred across the EU threatens to marginalise and alienate many minority group members who otherwise feel largely attached to the country they live in and trust its institutions. These findings emerge from a major repeat survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), which is a key resource to the work of equality bodies. Collecting and making available equality data at national and EU levels is key to building evidence for more protective and inclusive anti-discrimination policies.

 

Commissioned by the European Commission and authored by the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination, the report analyses the EU and Council of Europe legal frameworks on freedom of religion and non-discrimination and provides a comprehensive overview of EU Member State legislation and case law on the wearing of religious clothing and symbols in both public and private employment.The report is based on the professional assessment of 27 national non-discrimination experts of the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination, and covers all EU Member States, with the exception of Malta.

 

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