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EU citizens are increasingly concerned that – for the first time in decades – today’s young people will have fewer opportunities for upward social mobility than their parents’ generation. These concerns have reduced the sense of trust in the fabric of European societies; in response, policymakers are giving higher priority to measures aimed at combating social inequality. This research report, written by Eurofound – the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions – is the first to examine patterns of social mobility across all 28 Member States.

 

The European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination has published a new thematic report titled Pay transparency in the EU. The report is authored by Albertine Veldman, researcher and lecturer at Utrecht University in European labour law, equality law and social law.

 

As nationalist and xenophobic parties make gains in a growing number of countries, challenging elites and exploiting public anxieties over migration, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has invited Council of Europe member states to take a serious look in the mirror and take the lead in building trusted institutions and inclusive societies able to withstand populist assaults.

 

The Norwegian Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research (KIF) presents universities and university colleges with a practical tool to use in their restructuring efforts to ensure gender balance and diversity.

 

This manual offers guidance to develop counter and alternative narratives to combat hate speech and promote human rights, especially in online environments. The manual proposes a set of online and offline communication and educational approaches, and tools to undermine narratives, which sustain and legitimise hate speech. It aims to strengthen the toolboxes of youth workers, educators and activists already engaged in human rights work and education or willing to be engaged. It is designed for and within the context of the No Hate Speech Movement, a Council of Europe youth campaign for human rights online.

 

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) has released its report - Thirsting for Justice: Europe’s Roma Denied Access to Clean Water & Sanitation, highlighting the shocking disparities between Roma and non-Roma in their access to water.

The report summarises research carried out by the ERRC, between 2014 – 2016, covering 93 Romani neighbourhoods and settlements in Albania, France, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, and Slovakia.

 

The Best Practice Catalogue prepared by Trans Gender Europe gives practical examples on how to implement trans human rights demands in practice. The aim of the catalogue is to inspire stakeholders to seek similar or new ways to ensure a high standard of trans human rights. These inspirational examples, coming mainly from Europe, cover a number of issues.

 

Equality between women and men is a fundamental value of the European Union and one that has been enshrined in the Treaty from the very beginning, as the Treaty of Rome included a provision on equal pay. Over the last 60 years, societal changes and persistent policy efforts have established a trend towards gender equality. The EU has always been a major force behind these developments and will continue to play an important role in maintaining momentum and building on past achievements. The 2016-19 Strategic engagement for gender equality aims at pursuing these efforts in key policy areas.

 

This EIGE report analyses Directive 2012/29/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2001/220/JHA, also called the ‘Victims’ Rights Directive’. The analysis has been conducted from a gender perspective.

 

The new European handbook on equality data promotes equality and contributes to fight against discrimination in the EU by analysing why and what kind of data should be collected in relation to equality and discrimination.

 

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