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Equinet Privacy Policy

May 8th 2018

Equinet is committed to safeguarding the privacy of its website visitors and service users.

This policy applies to all personal data processed by Equinet, registered at Rue Royale 138, 1000 Brussels, Belgium. We strictly limit the processing of your personal information, and work only with other organisations who do the same. Our current website provider is Vertige ASBL, Rue Théodore Verhaegen 158, 1060 Saint-Gilles, Belgium.

In order to deliver its wide variety of services, notably the ones that are reliant on third-party digital services, Equinet has made sure to use the services of only those companies that have reached a proven high level of data privacy and that are GDPR-compliant.


Emails received through are reviewed by staff members. Similarly, emails sent to our other Secretariat addresses are reviewed internally. Our current email service provider is Microsoft, through its Microsoft Office 365 Suite.

Information we receive by post is collected by one staff member, reviewed, and shared as necessary with other staff members.

Whether it regards emails or post communication, the Equinet Secretariat does not disclose the names of senders to any unconnected third party, and we will take the necessary measures to keep files secure.

We do not have a back-up policy for our communication. Each employee, as they see fit, may retain the content of specific communication that they receive and send, but we endeavor to keep this information stored securely.

When sensitive personal information (for instance a need for special assistance or accommodation, dietary restrictions or medical attention) is provided to us through email or event registration processes, we keep it strictly confidential unless it needs to be shared with an event venue for organisational purposes. If that is the case, it is anonymised as far as it is possible. The information will be kept in our records for financial reporting needs and deleted after a period of five accomplished years.

Telephone calls received on our number are serviced by Belgacom and are beyond our control. As a result, the traffic data for these calls may be retained in accordance with applicable laws.

Employee Information

We regularly receive employment information from prospective interns and employees. This information is stored internally until a recruitment procedure is underway. Then it may be shared with senior staff at the secretariat. If an individual becomes a candidate for employment, we may share the CV and other relevant information with our Board members. We file unsuccessful applications for one year with the consent of the individual applicant.

We keep all accounting and administration information for auditing purposes, in accordance with standard practice and Belgian law.


We work closely with our service provider, Vertige ASBL, to ensure that your personal information is protected. Vertige ASBL is based in Belgium. With regard to current data protection legislation, the company acts as a processor of data whereas Equinet is responsible as the data controller. Vertige will only use the logs and any other information for troubleshooting the services supplied and for monitoring of usage patterns for security purposes.

Our website uses a cookie for managing your session. By using our website and agreeing to this policy, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this policy. We may also point from our website to other internet services that use cookies. These services do not fall under our control and we advise you to familiarize yourself with the privacy policies and terms of service that apply to these third party services. This is particularly the case with multi-media services and social plugins.

The processing of web usage data is kept to a minimum. Our current website management software only presents us with aggregate numbers of downloads of each document and does not provide us with access to IP logs. Any future development in our website infrastructure will adopt a privacy by design approach.

Google Analytics

Cookies can apply in the collection of some statistics on the visits to and downloads from our website with Google Analytics. The information we gather on our audience covers demographics (language, country and city they check in from), system (browsers, operating systems and service providers) and mobile (operating system, service provider which refers to telecom companies here, and screen resolution), as well as the length of time spent on the website by users. All data collected are anonymized and deleted after 26 months, and we do not share it with third parties.

Equinet Newsletters

We run one open and one closed mailing list through Mailchimp and the membership of both lists is kept confidential, though this information is stored within Mailchimp for the purpose of list-management.

If you subscribe to the Equinet Newsletter, your e-mail address will only be used by the editor appointed by Equinet to send you the newsletter. Subscriber information will not be provided, rented or sold to any third party. Information about subscribers is only provided in a general, aggregate form, for example the number of subscribers.

Equinet only uses confirmed opt-in for subscribers to any mailing list. People interested in receiving the Equinet Newsletter have to confirm their subscription before it is effective. By using professional mailing list software (MailChimp), Equinet minimises the risk of abuse of the addresses by third parties. Subscribers can subscribe or unsubscribe themselves without any intervention from Equinet.

Social Media

Equinet uses social media and social networking services to support its work. These applications require the use of third party service providers. Notably, we have Facebook, Twitter, Google (including Youtube) and LinkedIn accounts. Website cookies are linked to Twitter to provide the Twitter feed on our website.

Equinet will strive to keep your personal information accurate. If you require access to personal information we hold on you, wish to amend an inaccuracy, or have your information deleted from our files then please contact us at

Changes to this policy

In the event that this policy is changed at any time, the date and nature of the change will be clearly indicated in this document. In case that the change has a concrete impact on the handling of your personal information, we will contact you to seek your consent.


If you have any questions regarding our privacy policy or require any clarifications, please contact

About Equinet

Equinet AiSBL is registered as an international not-for-profit organisation in Belgium – and our address is Equinet, Rue Royale 138, 1000 Brussels.

Updated 8 May 2018

Reimbursement form for the Equinet Training on Positive Action Measures (Belgrade, 16-17 October)

October 24th 2014

For claiming back the costs related to your participation in the training, please download the dedicated reimbursement form and send it back to us signed and accompanied by the related ORIGINAL evidence, including boarding passes for the flight. This is also valid if your flight has been directly purchased by Equinet.

Reimbursement form

Registration Form Equinet AGM 2013

October 4th 2013

Equinet members are kindly invited to fill in the registration form carefully, as this will be very helpful for us to ensure a smooth running of the event.

Should you have any questions you can contact Mr. Yannick Godin, Equinet Administration and Finance Officer, by phone at +32 (0) 2 212 3182 or by email at

Registration form - Equinet Training on Engaging and Working with Duty Bearers

September 5th 2013

The following registration form should be submitted only by staff members of Equinet member-organisations and keynote speakers or guests invited by Equinet to attend or contribute to the training.

The deadline for submitting your registration is Friday 4 October 2013.

Should you have any questions you can contact Mr. Yannick Godin, Equinet Administration and Finance Officer, by phone at +32 (0) 2 212 3182 or by email at

Registration Form - Gender Equality Training on Equal Pay

July 29th 2013

The following registration form should be submitted only by staff members of Equinet member-organisations and keynote speakers or guests invited by Equinet to attend or contribute to the training.

The deadline for submitting your registration is Friday 6 September 2013.

Should you have any questions you can contact Mr. Yannick Godin, Equinet Administration and Finance Officer, by phone at +32 (0) 2 212 3182 or by email at

Online Declaration of Interest - Equinet Board Elections 2013

June 17th 2013

Confidentiality note: any information submitted via this form will be solely communicated to Equinet Secretariat and Board and will not be made available to Equinet Members.


- 10 SEPTEMBER - Deadline for submitting the form below

- 30 SEPTEMBER - Deadline for submitting candidates’ full details

Please consult the Equinet Board Elections Guide for further information, or contact the Equinet Secretariat (

Register for the Equinet High-Level Seminar on Gender Equality - 27 June

May 13th 2013

Please make sure to read the registration instructions for external participants or staff members of Equinet member equality bodies before submitting your form.

The deadline for sending in your registration details is 17 June 2013.

You will receive more information about this in the confirmation email.

Registration form for the 2013 Equinet Legal Seminar (Brussels, 16 May)

April 3rd 2013

Registrations are now closed.


External participants (non-Equinet members)

External participants are expected to cover and arrange their accommodation and travel plans. If you would like to find the most affordable flights to Brussels, we suggest using basic search engines like or

Staff members of Equinet member-organisations

Equinet will arrange a group reservation at a hotel in Brussels for participants coming from Equinet members. However, Equinet is only able to finance the participation of around 45 persons coming from its Member Organisations. Due to the expected high demand for this seminar, Equinet will be able to immediately confirm the participation of only one representative per Member Organisation. Any subsequent candidate participant from a same organisation will be put on a waiting list until 30 April 2013, in order to allow enough time for each member organisation to decide whether or not to send a representative to the seminar. After that deadline, remaining seats will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis following the chronological order of registration. Member organisations interested in delegating more representatives to the event at their own costs are invited to contact the Secretariat.

Due to Equinet’s budgetary constraints, we encourage you to book your flight or train tickets at your earliest convenience in order to avoid any overpriced tickets. If you would like to find the most affordable flights to Brussels, we suggest using basic search engines like or Equinet will reimburse participants’ flights up to a maximum of 300 EUR, unless prior booking authorization has been granted by the Equinet Secretariat for a more expensive ticket. If you are unable to find a flight cheaper than 300 EUR, please contact the Equinet Secretariat and we will try to assist you. Reimbursements are only possible when an original Equinet reimbursement form (which you will receive shortly after the seminar) has been correctly filled in and sent to the Equinet Secretariat. ORIGINAL expenses proofs (receipts, invoices…) and Boarding pass stubs (both ways) have to be attached to the reimbursement form for the expenses to be taken into account. Any undocumented expense will be disregarded.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Order publications

February 8th 2013

You are kindly invited to fill in this form and click on the "Submit" button if you wish to order free hardcopies of the Equinet publications listed on this page.

Please keep in mind that all titles listed below, as well as other interesting Equinet publications, are available in electronic version in this section of our website. There you will also find brief summaries of each publication.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Registration form for the Equinet Legal Training in Berlin, March 2012

January 29th 2013

The following registration form should be submitted only by staff members of Equinet member-organisations and keynote speakers or guests invited by Equinet to attend or contribute to the training.

Please bear in mind that participation is solely reserved to staff members of national equality bodies directly handling cases of alleged discrimination.

The deadline for submitting your registration is 22 February 2013.

Should you have any questions you can contact Mr. Yannick Godin, Equinet Administration and Finance Officer, by phone at +32 (0) 2 212 3182 or by email at


December 14th 2012

Members’ Duties

As is the case at the end of each year, Equinet Members are expected to fulfill a certain number of duties in order for the Equinet Secretariat to prepare the grant application for the next year and submit it to the European Commission.

Please read about the latest requirements by accessing this link or using the overhead menu.

Membership Information

This section provides you with the most relevant documents on what Equinet membership amounts to, how it works and other useful tips.

It can be accessed using this link or the overhead menu.

Registration for the Equinet 2012 Annual General Meeting on 5 December in Brussels

October 18th 2012

Welcome to Equinet’s 2012 AGM Registration Form!

Equinet members are kindly invited to fill in the registration form below and submit it by 23 November 2012 at the latest. Please read the instructions in the form and fill in each field carefully, as this will be very helpful for us to ensure a smooth running of the event.

A key document that will help you choose in the form what workshop to attend at the AGM is attached below. It contains the issues and questions that will be discussed in the workshops.

AGENDA - Equinet AGM 2012
AGENDA - Equinet AGM 2012

Should you require more information about the AGM, you can check the event’s webpage or drop us an email at

Photo Gallery

October 15th 2012

You can access all of Equinet’s photo albums by visiting our Picasa profile or clicking on the slideshows below.

Events in 2014

2014 Annual General Meeting
2014 Annual General Meeting

Events in 2013

Gender Equality Training Event on Equal Pay
Gender Equality Training Event on Equal Pay
Equinet High-Level Seminar on Gender Equality in the Labour Market the Role of Equality Bodies
Equinet High-Level Seminar on Gender Equality in the Labour Market the Role of Equality Bodies
2013 Equinet Legal Seminar: Application of the Race & General Framework Directives
2013 Equinet Legal Seminar: Application of the Race & General Framework Directives
Equinet Legal Training 2013
Equinet Legal Training 2013
2013 Equinet Legal Seminar: Application of the Race & General Framework Directives
2013 Equinet Legal Seminar: Application of the Race & General Framework Directives

Events in 2012

2012 Annual General Meeting (photos by
2012 Annual General Meeting (photos by
2nd WG Communications Meeting in 2012
2nd WG Communications Meeting in 2012
2012 Equinet Training on Under-Reporting
2012 Equinet Training on Under-Reporting
2012 Equinet Legal Training on Alternative Dispute Resolution
2012 Equinet Legal Training on Alternative Dispute Resolution
2012 Legal Seminar on Discrimination cases in front of the European Courts and the role of NEBs
2012 Legal Seminar on Discrimination cases in front of the European Courts and the role of NEBs

Events in 2011

2011 Annual General Meeting
2011 Annual General Meeting
2011 High-Level Meeting on "Realizing the Potential of Equality Bodies"
2011 High-Level Meeting on "Realizing the Potential of Equality Bodies"
2011 Legal Training on the Conflicts of Rights
2011 Legal Training on the Conflicts of Rights
2011 Equinet Training on Effective Communication Strategies
2011 Equinet Training on Effective Communication Strategies
2011 Legal Seminar on Legal Developments and Concepts
2011 Legal Seminar on Legal Developments and Concepts

Events in 2010

2010 Annual General Meeting
2010 Annual General Meeting

Events in 2009

2009 Annual General Meeting
2009 Annual General Meeting

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October 15th 2012

Forum attachments

September 11th 2012
Application to intervene -6 June 2012 - Final
Application to intervene -6 June 2012 - Final

Registration form for the Equinet Communications Training in Malta, September 2012

July 31st 2012


For any inquiries, please contact the Equinet Secretariat:

Rue Royale / Koningsstraat 138
1000 Brussels - Belgium
Tel : +32 (0) 2 212 3182
Fax : +32 (0) 2 212 3030


July 5th 2012

Equinet publications

Equinet publishes regular reports and "perspectives" on issues directly relevant to equality bodies or that extract the key lessons and learning from the work of equality bodies to inform the work of policy-makers and other actors.

The most recent Equinet publications are available here, and can be ordered by filling in this form.

Members’ publications

Equinet aims to support member organisation with the dissemination of their most recent publications, studies, and reports, and to build an online archive for these outputs.

Equinet members are encouraged to contact the Equinet Secretariat in order to feature such outputs on the website.

The most recent Equinet members’ publications are available here.

External publications

Equinet strives to keep an up-to-date list of publications relevant to the field of equality and anti-discrimination published by the European institutions, NGOs, and other external partners and actors.

Representatives of such organisations are invited to contact the Equinet Secretariat if they are interested in featuring such outputs on the website.

The most recent external publications are available here.

Members’ Room

November 23rd 2011

Staff members of Equinet member organisations are kindly invited to register and access the members only area of the website. There they will be able to find more information about Equinet governance, membership and current activities, as well as request and exchange information from colleagues in other equality bodies through the Equinet Forum.

If you forgot your password, please contact

Latest publications, vacancies and developments from Equinet & Equality Bodies - E-Newsletter No. 29

August 8th 2011


News from Equinet
News from Equality Bodies
European Developments
Upcoming Events
Latest Publications

News from Equinet

Equinet is recruiting an intern! - DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING CV & APPLICATION FORM: SUNDAY 15 JULY (midnight)

We offer a 5-month full-time paid internship from the end of August 2013 until the end of January 2014 to assist the Equinet Secretariat, a small team of 5 staff members based in Brussels. The intern will in particular assist the Policy and the Communications Officers in carrying out activities and tasks in the field of equal treatment and human rights policy and legislation and (s)he will also contribute to the planning and organisation of Equinet events.

More information about the position and the recruitment process is available here.

Equinet has released its Annual Report for the year 2012

 (Click to enlarge picture) Adopting a new design compared to previous years, the report aims to highlight the need for standards to support the work of equality bodies and key insights from the work of equality bodies in tackling under-reporting through good communication strategies and practices. It also illustrates how our network works, what are our main objectives, and the main activities and milestones from 2012.

Download or read a summary of the report here.

Tackling the “Known Unknown”: How Equality Bodies Can Address Under-Reporting of Discrimination through Communications

 (Click to enlarge picture) This new Equinet report from the Working Group on Communication Strategies and Practices considers the nature of under-reporting and the challenge to equality bodies to identify and address any barriers that may contribute to the issue. It also highlights the need to have robust systems to capture both formal and informal reports and to be able to interrogate this data when developing activities to embed good equality practices in workplaces and service provision. The report also raises the question around the capacity of equality bodies to deal appropriately with increased reports of discrimination.

Download or read a summary of the report here.

High-Level Seminar on Gender Equality in the Labour Market: the Role of Equality Bodies

This High Level Seminar was held on 27 June 2013 in Brussels and is the first event dedicated to gender equality organised by Equinet following the incorporation of the work of the former European Commission led Network of Gender Equality Bodies.

The seminar benefited from the contribution and attendance of high-level speakers and participants representing key European stakeholders in the field of gender equality, including the European Commission, the European Parliament’s Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee, the European Institute for Gender Equality, the European Network of Legal Experts in the field of Gender Equality, the European Women’s Lobby, and so on.

To read more about the seminar and download some of these contributions please visit the event’s webpage. A summary will soon be made available on the website as well.
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News from Equality Bodies

Belgium – Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism

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- The Centre has recently presented its "2012 Annual Report on Migration" focused on the mobility of foreigners to and from Belgium. In addition to a quantitative mapping of migration in Belgium, the Centre also focused on recent developments related to issues such as family reunification and return policy in order to point out that sometimes there is a tension between the individual autonomy of migrants and the state’s need to manage migration flows. Continue reading (in French or Dutch)

- A person using a motorised wheelchair has encountered difficulties when trying to book a flight with an airline. After the intervention of the Centre and the opinion of the Belgian Civil Aviation Authority provisions will be made for reasonable accommodation to be made in the future so that persons in similar situations do not face such difficulties.

(contact: Eef Peeters)

Cyprus – Office of the Commissioner for Administration (Ombudsman)

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- An representative of the Office participated at an International Conference entitled “Revisiting Sexualities in the 21st Century”, organized by the Cyprus Sociological Association, presenting the topic “The Public Discourse of LGBT issues in Cyprus”. The presentation consisted of a short history of the struggle for equality of LGBTs in Cyprus, with specific reference to the contribution of the equality body, followed by the public discourse that accompanied these developments, especially in the political sphere and the media.

- The Head of the Office gave a lecture at the Cyprus Academy of Public Administration on the obligation of all public authorities, and each public officer individually, to protect and treat people of different ethnic origin respectfully.

- The Ombudsman addressed the award ceremony for the School Competition titled “Talk about racism and Xenophobia: Silence is not a solution”, co-organized by the Ombudsman’s Office, along with the Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus and the UNHCR Representation in Cyprus, with the support of the Ministry of Education and Culture. The competition called for the creation of a school newspaper against racism and xenophobia, prepared by secondary-school students, once they conducted their own research on the subject. Six schools received awards and four others were praised for their entries, while all ten of them were also awarded with wall plaques containing the text “School against Racism”. During the ceremony, students of migrant background shared their own personal experience as regards racism and integration in Cyprus. According to the Ombudsman, the competition gave the opportunity to students to take a closer look at this difficult matter and to send a message that by combating stereotypes and prejudice against migrants and refugees and by integrating them successfully, Cyprus society builds and maintains a strong shield against racism.

- The Ombudsman, acting as Independent Mechanism for the Monitoring of the Implementation in Cyprus of the UN Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, co-organized along with the Cyprus Confederation of Organizations for the Disabled, a day conference titled “The transition from the medical model to the social model of disability”. Addressing the conference, the Ombudsman stressed that the rights of persons with disabilities must not be undermined on the basis of the financial crisis, adding that understanding the social model of disability may even contribute to the prevention and eradication of social exclusion and poverty.

- The Office, bearing in mind that a substantial number of migrants are regular bus users, is currently preparing, in collaboration with the Transportation Organization of Nicosia District, a Manual for Bus Drivers, as regards their duty to provide services without discrimination. The document refers to the relevant legal anti-discrimination framework and includes guidelines as regards the responsibilities of the parties involved in matters of behavior towards, and treatment of, bus passengers of different ethnic origin. The manual will be issued and circulated in the next few weeks.

(contact: Thekla Demetriadou)

Denmark – Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR)

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- The DIHR has recently launched its Annual Report containing general information about the institute’s research, current projects, documentation, training, information work, administration, and the various specific activities in which the Institute has been engaged both nationally and globally. In the area of equal treatment DIHR has among other things focused on equal pay – the gender pay gap between women and men, registration of hate crimes, and ethnic diversity in the Danish police force.

- In co-operation with the web governance firm Siteimprove the DIHR has put focus on digital accessibility. This is done by making a film showing how persons with disabilities can experience difficulties using public web sites. On the basis of the film five basic principles on how to create good accessibility levels for websites were set up. In addition, DIHR has put up five recommendations for how the authorities should promote accessibility to public websites; among them being a right to accessibility to public websites based on the international standard for accessibility to websites WCAG 2.O.

(contact: Christine Bendixen)

(FYRO) Macedonia – Commission for Protection against Discrimination

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The Commission for Protection Against Discrimination in cooperation with the OSCE Mission to Skopje, recently held a press conference on the occasion of its “Presentation of the activities of the 2012 Annual Report".

A total of 75 complaints were submitted to the Commission for Protection against Discrimination in the course of 2012, where the greatest number of complaints relate to the area of labour and work relations, social security, access to goods and services, education, science and sport, public information and media, as well as on some other grounds under the Law on Prevention and Protection against Discrimination. According to the submitted complaints, it is predominantly the ethnic communities that suffer most discrimination, and in particular the members of the Roma community. The greatest number of complaints (70%) were submitted against legal entities, 20% of the complaints were against natural persons mostly in the state sector, while only a small number relate to the private sector.

(contact: Irena Mitevska)

Hungary – Commissioner for Fundamental Rights

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- "There is a violation of the principle of human dignity and the requirement of equal treatment if a company requires workers in community employment to wear a distinctive sign" - this was the decision of the Commissioner in a recent case. The employees had to wear a yellow visibility vest with the label “community employment” because the head of the company they were working for wished to promote the "social usefulness of community employment".

(contact: Nikolett Babos)

Malta – National Commission for the Promotion of Equality

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- In exercise of the powers conferred by article 11 of the Equality for Men and Women Act, and for the purpose of that Act, the Prime Minister of Malta has recently appointed Ms. Renee Laiviera Dip. Ed.(Melit), Dip. Pol.Stud.(Melit), as the new Commissioner of the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality. These appointment is valid for a period of two years, with effect from the 20th May, 2013.

(contact: Therese Spiteri)

Slovakia – National Centre for Human Rights

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- The Centre organised a specialised event for high school representatives and students to discuss issues related to “Tolerance-Prejudices-Bullying”. The activity was focused on understanding prejudices, stereotypes and their influence on the opinions and values of young students. In addition to the representatives of the Centre, experienced psychologists and professionals also participated in an inspirational discussion. The main aim of the event was to point out the existing parallelism between the acts of discrimination among adults and the manifestation of intolerance within high-school environments.

- On 10 June 2013 more than 90 3rd grade students from the Grammar School of Jozef Gregor Tajovský in Banská Bystrica attended lectures on the issues of antidiscrimination provided by the Centre’s experts. The day after a similar lecture was given to the 54 pupils form the Pradiarenska Street Elementary School in Kežmarok. The significance of the second meeting was that the Pradiarenská Street Elementary School is solely attended by Roma children living in the nearby communities. The antidiscrimination issue loomed large in the students’ minds and their honest interest was proven by the vivid discussion at the end of both events.

(contact: Zuzana Pavlíčková)

Sweden – Equality Ombudsman

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- In October 2012 the Swedish Equality Ombudsman published a study on equality data. The study focuses on the possibility to include new variables in the Swedish Living Conditions Survey (that is partially connected to EU-SILC) and was conducted at the request of the Swedish government. The variables considered concern the following discrimination grounds: ethnic origin, religion or belief, transgender identity or expression, disability and sexual orientation. Data concerning the five legally recognized national minorities in Sweden - Jews, Roma, Sami, Finns and Tornedalers - are also covered by the study. There is now an English summary available here. For further information on the study contact Yamam Al-Zubaidi: or +46.8.120 20 733.

- The Equality Ombudsman continuously develops its selection of education for employers, trade unions and education providers. This autumn EO will offer a more diversified selection of courses, with a possibility to choose between basic information and continuation courses. There will also be new courses for heads, principals and strategists in working life and education. In the spring EO also introduced a new course for representatives from civil society about how to use the Discrimination Act in their local activities.

(contact: Kerstin Jansson)

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United Kingdom – Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)

- EHRC publishes Stop and Think report: Police forces have reduced their unfair use of stop and search powers, while continuing to see a reduction in crime rates, after intervention by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The details of this work are in Stop and Think Again, a new report published by the EHRC. The report also reveals that the five forces concerned have seen reductions of up to 50 percent in overall usage and a fall for some in the disproportionate use against ethnic minorities. Forces are being fairer and more efficient in their use of stop and search as a result. This followed the EHRC’s intervention which focused on an intelligence-based use of stop and search powers rather than one based on racial stereotypes. The success of the EHRC’s work has created a best practice blueprint with positive measurable results for other forces to follow. The EHRC will continue to track the progress of the five forces and engage with them and other forces if necessary.

- The EHRC has updated its previous submission (August 2012) to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (UNCAT). The report covers the legal framework, policies and practices in Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) that under the UK’s constitutional arrangements, are the responsibility of the UK Government or have been devolved to the Welsh Assembly. On the EHRC’s analysis, the provisions of the Convention Against Torture are largely incorporated into the domestic legislative framework, but there is still some work to be done in ensuring that its protections are always fully implemented in practice. Continue reading.

- Assistance dogs - a guide for all businesses (new for June 2013): the EHRC has published a guidance to help businesses understand what they can do to comply with their legal duties under the Equality Act 2010 and encourage businesses to welcome registered Assistance dogs accompanied by their disabled owner onto their premises.

- The EHRC has recently published an updated briefing paper seeking to present within a single, short, document the best available, and publicly accessible, recent statistical data in the United Kingdom (UK) relating to gender pay gaps.

- The EHRC has welcomed a Supreme Court ruling on armed forces and human rights protection. In this landmark judgment the Supreme Court ruled that British soldiers killed while serving in Iraq were still under UK jurisdiction and so were entitled to human rights protection to the extent that is reasonable and does not interfere with the demands of active service. Continue reading

- Scottish pupil wins landmark disability discrimination tribunal: A ten year old disabled pupil from St Hilary’s Primary School in East Kilbride will be able to attend guitar classes thanks to the decision of an Additional Support Needs Tribunal. In the first case of its kind in Scotland, the tribunal decision stated that school run extra-curricular activities, and not just the day to day curriculum, are covered by the Equality Act duty to make reasonable adjustments to avoid substantial disadvantage to any disabled pupil. Continue reading


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European Developments

- New PROGRESS Calls for Proposals on Gender Equality and Anti-discrimination

Two new open call for proposals have been published in the European Commission’s DG Justice’s website. One, on gender equality, focuses on the gender pay gap and gender balance in economic decision-making. The second one, on anti-discrimination, is restricted to national authorities in charge of equality and non-discrimination.

- European Commission proposes recommendations for faster socio-economic integration of Roma

- ECRI, the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance, has published its summary of the Seminar with National Specialised Bodies to combat Racism and Racial Discrimination: “Challenges faced in the current institutional and budgetary environment”

- EU foreign affairs ministers adopt ground-breaking global LGBTI policy

- Gender identity: the Court of Cassation considers Italian law requiring the termination of marriage in case of gender reassignment unconstitutional

The Italian Supreme Court (Corte di Cassazione) has decided to stay the proceedings waiting for the Constitutional Court’s assessment on a case on legal provisions requiring the automatic termination of the marriage of those married persons who decided to undergo gender reassignment. According to the view of the Supreme Court as elaborated in its order n.14329 / 13, such ‘imposed divorce’ would violate Italian constitutional provisions read in conjunction with articles 8 and 12 of the European Convention of Human Rights. The Court, in its legal reasoning, makes reference not only to the European Court of Human Rights, but also on German and Austrian Constitutional Courts’ decisions on similar topics. The Italian Constitutional Court will now have to decide on the constitutionality of the provision.

- European Institute for Gender Equality Call for Nominations for the 2014 Wo/Men Inspiring Europe Calendar (DEADLINE 15 SEPTEMBER)

- European Network Against Racism Foundation Awards - Call for applications (DEADLINE 31 AUGUST)

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Latest publications

- Equinet Annual Report 2012

- Tackling the “Known Unknown”: How Equality Bodies Can Address Under-Reporting of Discrimination through Communications

- EC Study on “The role of men in gender equality – European strategies & insights"

- Childcare: a report on the Barcelona objectives

In 2002 EU countries have agreed in Barcelona two targets for the availability and accessibility of childcare services. A just published Commission report shows that only eight EU Member States were able to meet the targets for both age categories (0-3 years; 3 years to mandatory school age) in 2010: Belgium, Denmark, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Slovenia and United Kingdom. Significant improvements still need to be made to achieve a satisfactory level of availability, especially for children under 3. High costs incurred by parents and the opening hours of facilities, which are incompatible with full-time work remain challenging. Investment in high quality services must be continued.

- EU Study: 39 % of gender pension gap

A new expert study on the gender gap in pensions in Europe reveals a 39% gender pension gap. Gender gaps in pensions are the result of three labour market trends: (1) women are less likely to be in employment than men; (2) they work fewer hours and/or years; and (3) they receive lower wages on average. Pension systems are not simply neutral reflections of past employment histories: pensions may reduce, reproduce or even reinforce gender inequalities in the labour market and in the division of care responsibilities between women and men.

- EU Agency for Fundamental Rights Annual Report 2012

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