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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.


Arson attacks, violence, even murder, and everyday harassment are just some of the worrying hate crime incidents flagged in the latest summary report of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on migration-related fundamental rights in selected EU Member States. It points to tension and hostility towards migrants and asylum seekers, underscoring the need for concerted EU and Member State action in line with fundamental rights.


To mark the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the ITCILO is pleased to present the Resource Kit on Preventing and Addressing Gender Based Violence in Global Supply Chains.


Violence against women is endemic in the European Union. Since the age of 15:
- one in three women has experienced sexual and/or physical violence;
- one in three has experienced psychologically abusive behaviour by an intimate partner;
- one in two (55%) have experienced sexual harassment.


The European Coalition to end violence against women and girls has launched a factsheet in support of the EU signature and ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, the Istanbul Convention.


On 16 November 2016, the International Day for Tolerance, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODHIR) published its hate crime data for 2015.
While the general level of reporting to ODIHR is comparable to previous years, limited data on some bias motivations indicate under-reporting and gaps in recording.


The Equality & Rights Alliance has long espoused the introduction of a socioeconomic status ground into Irish employment equality and equal status legislation. The introduction of such a ground is immediately suggested by the wide range of discrimination experienced on this socio-economic status ground. This experience covers, in particular, the key fields of employment, education, housing and accommodation, and health. This discrimination has deepened and been exacerbated by the economic and financial crisis and the deepening poverty that has been a result of how this crisis has been managed. Our equality legislation, with its nine different grounds of discrimination, has an admirable and important aspiration to be comprehensive in its coverage. This aspiration remains to be realised while the ground of socio-economic status is still not included.


A European Parliament resolution was adopted on 13 September on creating labour market conditions favourable for work-life balance. The work of equality bodies and Equinet is referred to regularly, and amongst other issues, they call on Member States to strengthen the role, capacities and independence of the equality bodies, including Equinet, inter alia through the provision of adequate funding.


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