This report brings together the main highlights of our work, including events, publications and other activities from August 2015 to December 2016. It includes a particular focus on our work on standards for equality bodies.
This report covers the highlights of Equinet activities from August 2015 until December 2016. Looking at this one and a half year period allows us to review not only some of the key activities during that time, but also to highlight the achievements in delivery of our priorities under the first period covered by our Strategic Plan 2015-2018.
Like every year, our Work Plans for 2015 and 2016 were developed on the basis of a comprehensive and wide-ranging consultation process, both with our member organisations and key partners in order to learn about their expectations and needs from Equinet. This process gives us very useful feedback, and has shown that the work and services of Equinet are highly valued, while at the same time indicating potential areas of further development.
As a result, much of Equinet’s work from August 2015 until December 2016 was centered on fine-tuning existing training events, seminars and working groups to provide platforms for peer support and build the capacity of equality bodies. New and innovative tools, such as the European Directory of Equality Bodies and the Equinet Promotional Brochure, were developed in order to raise awareness of the work of Equinet and national equality bodies.
An important priority on the Equinet agenda has been the development of stronger European standards for the work of equality bodies. This came as a response to a clear demand from our members, especially in times of economic and financial crisis, when austerity policies pose challenges to equality and the work of equality bodies. A number of reports and policy papers from international and European institutions and agencies recognise the important role of independent and effective equality bodies. More information on the Working paper on the Development of Standards for Equality Bodies can be found in the Spotlight section of the Report.