Equinet Chair Evelyn Collins and Executive Director Anne Gaspard met with the Irish Human Rights and Equality Chief Commissioner Emily Logan and her team while in Dublin on 17 October last.
The European Commission announced the winners of the European Journalist Awards on Diversity at the historical General Post Office in Dublin on Monday, 17th October. This Award recognises excellent journalism that promotes diversity and raises awareness of discrimination in the EU.
The General Assembly of Equinet Members met in Brussels on 29-30 September for the 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM), bringing together heads and senior management representatives from Equinet member equality bodies.
The AGM saw the unanimous ratification of a new membership application from Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the Workplan for 2017. A particular focus was given to the development of standards for equality bodies, as well as the use of EEA and Norway grants by equality bodies. The European Directory of Equality Bodies was launched.
The European Directory of Equality Bodies is a new database which brings together up-to-date profiles of our member equality bodies with comparable search options on their mandates, functions and accountability.
The Equinet Executive Board and Secretariat were invited to Helsinki on 7 September by our Finnish members, the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman and the Ombudsman for Equality, to meet with staff members and Finnish stakeholders to discuss the work of equality bodies and common challenges for equality in Europe.
In this joint article written following a meeting in Paris on 20 September, the Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Michael O’Flaherty, and the French Defender of Rights, Jacques Toubon, express their disquiet about the state of human rights in the EU and offer suggestions to improve the situation in particular areas of concern.
On 27 September 2016, our German colleagues at the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA) celebrated their tenth anniversary, together with the ten years of the German General Equal Treatment Act (AGG) in Berlin.
Norwegians are travelling to Poland this weekend to show support and solidarity with the Polish LGBT community and assorted human rights movements. Norwegian pop-punk-country band Glittermeat will be performing during the celebrations at the end of this year’s Equality parade in Warsaw.
On Sunday 13 March, Protector of Human Rights and Freedoms (Ombudsman) of Montenegro published a press release about starting an anti-discrimination campaign on the occasion of the European Action Week against Racism.
The new Norwegian Ombud for Equal Treatment, Hanne Bjurstrøm, was in Brussels last week to meet with important partners at EU level. Equinet was very pleased to have the opportunity to meet the new Ombud and accompany her throughout the day.
On the 26th of August 2016, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopted two general comments relating to the rights of women and girls with disabilities under Article 6 and the right to inclusive education for persons with disabilities under Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
The "HELP in the 28" Programme organised an European Seminar on the "Fight against racism, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia", in collaboration with the Spanish School for the Judiciary in Barcelona on 26 and 27 July.
At the June meeting of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) Counci, the progress report of the Equal Treatment Directive, as well as conclusions on gender and LGBTI equality were discussed.
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has published conclusions on the implementation of a number of recommendations made in its country reports on Finland, the Republic of Moldova, the Netherlands, Portugal, the Russian Federation and San Marino which had been released in 2013.
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) today published monitoring reports on Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Italy, Lithuania and "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" analysing recent developments and outstanding issues and providing recommendations to the authorities. Despite certain positive developments, ECRI notes, there are challenges ahead.