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The research “Education and Community Living as a Precondition of Equality of Children with Disabilities” was carried out in the period from May to October 2015 within the project “Children with Disabilities in Residential Institutions as Victims of Multiple Discrimination”. The aim of the project is to contribute to the fight against discrimination against children with disabilities in the education system, and it is implemented by the Mental Disabilities Rights Initiative MDRI-S in partnership with the Initiative for Inclusion VelikiMali and cooperation with the Commissioner for Protection of Equality. The project is supported by the European Union under the Civil Society Facility 2013.

 

The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA) in Germany published the preliminary results of a survey focusing on the perceptions of the mainstream society in relation to homosexual and bisexual people.

 

The Norwegian Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud has recently published a report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). In the report, the Ombud describes the main equality challanges in Norway, including harassment, violence, digital violence and rape. A main focus of the report is how stereoptypes and narrow gender roles affect the realisation of fundamental rights for women and girls. The remaing equality challenges in Norway are the hardest and requires considerable political mobilization, according to Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud Hanne Bjurstrøm

 

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published the final products from its three-year programme of work on religion or belief. These consist of three documents: Religion or belief – is the law working?, an evaluation of the effectiveness of the religion or belief legal framework; online guidance for employers on key religion or belief topics; and online training modules on religion or belief for line managers (developed with ACAS) and union managers (developed with the TUC).

 

Half of the women who responded to an Equality Commission investigation into the employment experiences of pregnant workers and mothers in Northern Ireland believe that their career opportunities have been negatively affected by their pregnancy or maternity leave.

That is one of the findings of ‘Expecting Equality: a Formal Investigation under the Sex Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 1976’.

 

The Slovak National Centre for Human Rights published its report on the observance of human rights including the observance of the principle of equal treatment in the Slovak Republic for the year 2015.

 

The Defender of Rights has launched the results of a call for evidence conducted in spring 2016 on ethnic discrimination in access to employment. These results illustrate the variety of challenges faced by people of foreign origin and the impact on their professional and personal lives.

 

In July 2016 the Polish Ombudsman (Commissioner for Human Rights) published its Activity Report for 2015, focusing on the most important matters in the fields of constitutional and international law, criminal law, labour law, social security and uniformed services, civil law, administrative and economic law and the principle of equal treatment and combating discrimination.

 

The project of the University of Brescia (Italy) and Lambda Warsaw (Poland) ’Come Forward: Empowering and Supporting Victims of Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes’ will be co-financed by the European Commission. The project will be developed within the framework of the programme Rights, Equality and Citizenship 2014-2020.

 

This Report deals with the activities of the Public Defender of Rights as the National Equality Body.

 

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