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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.


Date: 4 May 2017
Location: Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, Brussels, Belgium

This conference sets out to share the experiences of implementing equality duties, as well as good practice examples and discuss possibilities and challenges in introducing such duties in other jurisdictions.


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.


As part of its capacity building activities for members, and following on from the training held in October 2016, Equinet organised a second training session on social media use for equality bodies on 4-5 April 2017 in the Facebook Offices, Dublin.


On Wednesday 7th December 2016, Equinet organised the conference "Diverse, Inclusive and Equal: Innovating at the intersections of gender equality". The event was hosted by the Belgian Institute for the Equality of Women and Men in Brussels.


Equinet, together with the Hungarian Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, organised a one and a half day capacity-building seminar for equality bodies’ staff members about fighting discrimination based on the grounds of race and ethnic origin. The meeting took place in Budapest on 9-10 November 2016.


On 30 August, Equinet representatives met with a variety of social partners and civil society organisations in order to highlight priorities of Equinet’s draft Work Plan for 2017 and to hear about their current and future priorities in order to find synergies and ways for cooperating in the future.


On 13 and 14 October 2016, Equinet organised a training session on social media use for equality bodies, hosted by the Facebook Headquarters in Europe.


The General Assembly of Equinet Members will meet in Brussels on 29-30 September for the 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM), and bring together heads and senior management representatives from all Equinet member national equality bodies.


This conference, held at the EESC in Brussels on 16 June, set out to discuss the experiences of equality bodies and other stakeholders with the implementation and possible shortcomings and gaps in EU equal treatment legislation. It also aimed to find ways to make this legislation comprehensive in its scope and more effective on the ground. The specific challenge of creating the conditions for equality bodies to fulfil their potential were also discussed.

The conference was preceded by a networking event entitled ’Towards an equal Europe’ on 15 June, where the working paper on developing standards for equality bodies was launched, in the presence of Commissioner Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Věra Jourová.


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