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Advocate of the Principle of Equality

SLOVENIA: The Advocate of the Principle of Equality

Main Informations

Overview

The Advocate of the Principle of Equality is the slovenian national Equality body and idependent and autonomous state institution with a mandate to prevent and eliminate discrimination. Its main task are related to awareness raising and promotion of equality, support and assistance to victims of discrimination as well as non-binding decision-making with recomendation issuing regarding the reported cases of discrmination on various grounds.

Brief history

The Advocate of the Principle of Equality was established as an independent and autonomous national equality body in 2016 with the Protection against Discrimination Act. The new Advocate of the Principle of Equality (Head of equality body) was elected in October 2016, by the national parliament, upon the proposal of the President of the Republic, on the basis of the Protection against Discrimination Act (PADA)

Until 2016, The Advocate used to be 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.

Mandate type
  • Combined tribunal-type and promotion-type
Litigation powers
  • Representing in front of courts
  • Bringing proceedings in own name
  • Intervening before the court
  • Formally deciding on complaints (e.g. decision or recommendation addressed to the parties) legally binding
  • Formally deciding on complaints (e.g. decision or recommendation addressed to the parties) Not legally binding
  • The Advocate has a mix of quasy judicial and promotional duties, i.e. can support vicims in legal proceedings with remedies (counseling), or can provide guidance to prevent and dismantle discrimination.
Activities
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Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups (e.g. through trainings)noyesnonoyesnononono
Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)noyesyesyesyesnononono
Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)noyesyesnononononono
Recommendations on discrimination issuesnoyesyesyesyesnononono
Publications and reportsnoyesnonononononono
Research projects (including surveys)nonononoyesnononono
Our institution has a mandate to deal with:
  • Violence against women
  • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
  • Hate crime
  • Hate speech
  • not specific mandate, but when it overlaps with discrimination, the Advocate can deal with these, and has also a general duty to report crimes. Some of the issues are also dealt with by promotional activities.
Other statistics
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Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)66947565no data51no datano datano data
Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)no datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano data
Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social media51555no datano datano datano datano data
Management
  • Single headed equality body (led by director or ombudsman/commissioner)
  • 2 members of staff
Management details

The institution Advocate of the Principle of Equality is currently being run by eponyomus person. In the office there are also two other persons employed who are taking care for the legal businesses.

Number of staff dealing with equality issues
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no data1111no datano datano datano data
Grounds and fields of discrimination covered by the equality body
Grounds / FieldsEmploymentEducationHousingSocial Protection & HealthcareGoods & ServicesOther
Genderyesyesyesyesyes
Gender Identityyesyesyesnoyes
Race and Ethnic Originyesyesyesyesyes
Ageyesyesyesyesyes
Disabilityyesyesyesyesyes
Sexual Orientationyesyesyesyesyes
Religion & Beliefyesyesyesyesyes

Other grounds : Gender Expression, Social Status, Property Status, Other

Mandate covers:
  • Public sector
  • Private sector
Operating budget in euros
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no datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano data
Operating budget in euros for the parts of the organisation dealing with equality issues (all types of functions).
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no datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano data
We are accountable to:
  • National Parliament
  • and the Government (Annual report)

Related News

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.

 

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General Contact Information

Full name in English:

The Advocate of the Principle of Equality

Full name in the national language(s):

Zagovornik načela enakosti

Postal address:
Kotnikova 28 1000 Ljubljana Slovenia
Website:

http://zagovornik.gov.si/

General email address:
info@zagovornik-rs.si
Helpline:

00386 1 369 7503

Telephone number:

00386 1 369 7503

Languages in which your institution can be contacted:

slovenian, english, french, croatian/serbian/bosniac

Person of contact for media enquiries:

Miha Lobnik

Name of the Head of the equality body:

Miha Lobnik

Engagement with Equinet

Contact Person

Name:

Miha Lobnik

Email:
miha.lobnik@zagovornik-rs.si