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Conference on Poverty and Discrimination: Two sides of the same coin

January 30th 2018

Equinet Conference, Dublin, 22 March 2018

Equinet and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) are co-organising a conference on poverty and discrimination. This conference will aim to review the links between poverty and discrimination, take stock of recent initiatives introducing socio-economic status as a discrimination ground and discuss what can be done at EU and national levels to break the vicious cycle of social exclusion.

The conference will take place in the IHREC offices in Dublin on 22 March 2018.

Background

Combating poverty is a key undertaking of the European Union in the field of economic and social rights. This is reflected not only in the European Pillar of Social Rights, but also in fighting poverty and social exclusion being one of the five targets of Europe 2020, the EU’s ten-year jobs and growth strategy. Further to this, one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations is to end poverty in all its forms everywhere.

Equinet’s earlier work on ‘Addressing Poverty and Discrimination: Two Sides of the One Coin’ and ‘Equality Bodies Contributing to the Protection, Respect and Fulfilment of Economic and Social Rights’ demonstrates, based on the experiences of equality bodies, the inextricable link between discrimination and poverty. Most equality bodies have a broad mandate covering discrimination not only in the field of employment but also in fields such as housing, access to education, healthcare and other services where a number of grounds intersect with socio-economic status as a cause of social exclusion. Important intersections include the grounds of race and gender.

There is growing recognition that socio-economic status as a ground of discrimination is an important tool to tackle inequality. Recent years have seen legislative initiatives in a number of European jurisdictions where the anti-discrimination legislation did not historically recognize socio-economic status as a discrimination ground, including France and Ireland.

Objectives

This conference will aim to:

  • Review the mutually reinforcing links between poverty and discrimination.
  • Take stock of recent initiatives introducing socio-economic status as a discrimination ground.
  • Explore the manner in which grounds such as race and gender intersect with poverty to result in aggravated forms of social exclusion.
  • Discuss what can be done at EU and national levels to break the vicious cycle of social exclusion.

Draft Agenda

Draft Agenda
Draft Agenda


Target Audience

This Equinet conference is aimed at senior experts from National Equality Bodies, as well as from EU and international institutions and agencies, representatives from NGOs, national ministries, NHRIs and Ombudsman institutions, policy and legal experts, social partners and other organisations active in the field of equality.

Registration

Please register via this link by 5 March 2018

Contact Person

For more information, or assistance with Visa applications or other accessibility issues, please contact Katrine Steinfeld, Equinet Policy Officer (Katrine.Steinfeld@equineteurope.org)

Practical information for Equinet members and conference speakers

Equinet can only cover the costs of travel and accommodation for one staff member per member organisation. A second person registering from the same organisation will be put on a waiting list and seats remaining after the deadline will be allocated to people on the list based on a first come first served basis.

Regarding flights: We have commissioned the Belgian Air Travel agency to assist us with bookings. Participants who need a flight or an international train to get to the event location are requested to contact the agency and communicate the following information:

  • Full name as it appears on your travel documents
  • Travel document type, number and expiry date
  • Date of birth
  • Airport of departure
  • Preferred time of the day for departure
  • Cabin bag or hold luggage

We remind you that it is not allowed to book flights for stays longer than what is necessary to attend the full event.

The information should be sent by email to:

m.giagnorio@belgianairtravel.be
annesophie@belgianairtravel.be

They will return to you as soon as possible with the most suitable offer.

Please note that particiants are required to keep the original boarding passes used for traveling and mail them back to the Equinet office with your expense claim. Failure to provide original boarding passes will result in your expense claim being rejected.

Even if you did not incur any expense, you are still required to mail back the boarding passes used for traveling. Failure to do so will result in Equinet refusing to book any new flight ticket for you.

Further Reading

EN - Addressing Poverty and Discrimination: Two Sides of the One Coin (PDF, 378 KB)
EN - Addressing Poverty and Discrimination: Two Sides of the One Coin (PDF, 378 KB)
Contributing to the protection, respect and fulfillment of Economic and Social Rights (2015)
Contributing to the protection, respect and fulfillment of Economic and Social Rights (2015)