The Advocate of the Principle of Equality
Zagovornik načela enakosti
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00386 1 369 7503
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The Advocate of the Principle of Equality (the Advocate) is a special post designed to prevent and eliminate discrimination predominately by hearing cases & offering assistance to victims of discrimination.
The Advocate of the Principle of Equality was established in 2016 with the Protection against Discrimination Act. The new Advocate was elected in October 2016, by the national parliament, upon the proposal of the President of the Republic, on the basis of the Implementing the Principle of Equal Treatment Act (the Act). The Advocate is a special post, not a legal entity and is nominated by the Government for a fixed period of 5 years. The Advocate’s position and mandate is regulated by the Act. The Advocate first operated within the Office for Equal Opportunities (OEO) which was established in February 2001 by the decision of the government (internal organizational act) as a successor of the former Office for women’s policy (originally established in July 1992). OEO’s duties were predominately concerned with policy making in gender mainstreaming. OEO was abolished in April 2012 and its task are now preformed by the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. The Advocate continues to operate within the Ministry.
|Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups (e.g. through trainings)||no||yes||no||no||yes||no|
|Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||no|
|Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)||no||yes||yes||no||no||no|
|Recommendations on discrimination issues||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||no|
|Publications and reports||no||yes||no||no||no||no|
|Research projects (including surveys)||no||no||no||no||yes||no|
|Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)||66||94||75||65||no data||51|
|Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)||no data||no data||no data||no data||no data||no data|
|Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social media||5||15||5||5||no data||no data|
The Advocate is a post with special duties within the ministry (a member of staff). In performing its functions of assisting victims the Advocate shall be autonomous and independent from instructions (Article 11.b of the Act). In relation to the Advocate the minister exercises the rights and obligations of an employer. There is no organisational independence of the Advocate whatsoever.
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|GroundsFields||Employment||Education||Housing||Social Protection & Healthcare||Goods & Services||Other|
|Race and Ethnic Origin||no||no||no||no||no|
|Religion & Belief||no||no||no||no||no|
In 2016, a new Protection from Discrimination Act entered into force in Slovenia, thus resulting in the Advocate of the Principle of Equality developing into an autonomous state body. This recent evolution brings about the potential to improve and increase the protection of persons at risk of discrimination in Slovenia, together with the opportunity to create a truly independent and effective equality body.