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On the 6th of February the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality adopted a draft report on equality between women and men in the European Union in 2014-2015 (17 votes in favour, 3 votes against and 4 abstentions). The indicative European Parliament plenary sitting 1st reading/single reading will take place on 13 March 2017.


2017 has been designated by the European Commission as the year dedicated to combating violence against women. Many equality bodies will be 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.


What are equality bodies? Why do we need equality bodies? What challenges do equality bodies face? This tool aims to raise awareness about the role of and challenges faced by equality bodies at national and EU level, but also, on the way they can cooperate and bring added value to the work of stakeholders in their daily work.

The work of Equinet, European network of equality bodies is also outlined. The network promotes equality in Europe by supporting and enabling the work of equality bodies to be independent and effective as valuable catalysts for more equal societies.

A useful list of Equinet members and the grounds of discrimination covered per country is also available.

Updated: January 2017


Combatting sexist hate speech

January 23rd 2017

The Council of Europe (CoE) has started to address the issue of combatting sexist hate speech by looking at the potential use of existing standards and at policies on combating gender stereotypes.


This report, written by the European network of legal experts in gender equality and nondiscrimination, discusses the situation for people with psychosocial disabilities in the workplace in light of the Employment Equality Directive and other relevant anti-discrimination regulations, including the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. The report specifically focuses on variations in national definitions of disability, issues of stigma and disclosure, and the right to reasonable accommodation for people with psychosocial disabilities.


This report provides a general overview of the ways in which EU gender equality law has been implemented in the domestic laws across Europe. The analysis is based on the country reports written by the gender equality law experts of the European equality law network (EELN). At the same time, this report explains the most important elements of the EU gender equality acquis. The term ‘EU gender equality acquis’ refers to all the relevant EU Treaty and EU Charter of Fundamental Rights provisions, legislation and the case law of the CJEU in relation to gender equality.


This report, written by the European network of legal experts in gender equality and nondiscrimination, presents the general trends in European anti-discrimination policy and points out some of the remaining dilemmas in the application of anti-discrimination legislation. It gives an overview of the main substantive issues in both directives: the grounds of discrimination, the definition of grounds and scope, exceptions to the principle of equal treatment and positive action, access to justice and effective enforcement, and Equality Bodies.


The fourth issue of the biannual European equality law review, produced by the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discriminatino (EELN) highlights a number of different legal and policy developments from across Europe are raised. As well as European case law updates and key developments at national level in legislation, case law and policy, there are a number of very interesting articles on using anti-discrimination remedies for discrimination speech, implementation of postive action measures for achieving gender equality, merging mandates of equality bodies and national human rights institutions, as well as concepts of sex and gender in EU non-discrimination law and policies.


Widespread deprivation is destroying Roma lives. Families are living excluded from society in shocking conditions, while children with little education face bleak prospects for the future, a new report from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) shows. The report analyses the gaps in Roma inclusion around the EU to guide Member States seeking to improve their integration policies.


More women and men are living on the edge of poverty and social exclusion today compared to 2010, according to a new study by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). Young people, lone parents, migrants, people with disabilities and families with three or more children are most at risk of poverty.


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