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 operates since January 2005 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. Advocate’s position and mandate is regulated by the Act. Advocate first operated within he Office for Equal Opportunities (OEO) which was established on February 2001 by the decision of the government (internal organizational act) as a successor of the former Office for women 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. 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||no data|
|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.
The Advocate is a special post within the Ministry (before that OEO), not a legal entity. The Advocate is nominated by the Government for a fixed period of 5 years on the proposal of the the minister (before director of the OEO) which is based on a public tender procedure.
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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.