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Equinet Conference "Diverse, Inclusive and Equal: Innovating at the intersections of gender equality"

December 9th 2016

On Wednesday 7th December 2016, Equinet organised the conference "Diverse, Inclusive and Equal: Innovating at the intersections of gender equality". The event was hosted by the Belgian Institute for the Equality of Women and Men in Brussels.

Background

Tackling intersectional discrimination and ensuring an approach to promoting equality that takes account of multiple identities is a pervasive challenge both for European non-discrimination law, and for equality bodies seeking to protect groups in the most vulnerable positions.


In order to strengthen equality bodies’ strategic approach to addressing intersectional discrimination and to promoting equality on an intersectional basis, as well as to continue raising awareness about intersectional discrimination in the European agenda, Equinet’s working groups on Policy Formation and Gender Equality have cooperated to draft a Perspective on Innovating at the Intersections - Equality Bodies Tackling Intersectional Discrimination.

Objectives

The conference aimed to:

Summary

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Speakers’ Presentations

OPENING SESSION

  • Evelyn Collins, Chair of the Equinet Executive Board and Chief Executive of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
  • Liesbet Stevens, Deputy Director, Institute for the Equality of Women and Men

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

  • Intersectionality’s persistent challenge to anti-discrimination law: the problem of the comparator - Professor Suzanne B. Goldberg, Columbia Law School

SESSION 1 - Setting the Scene – Challenges in applying intersectionality in discrimination cases

Chair: Evelyn Collins, Chair of the Equinet Executive Board and Chief Executive of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

SESSION 2 - Overcoming legislative gaps and understanding intersectionality and multiple discrimination

Chair: Sandra Konstatzky, Deputy Director, Ombud for Equal Treatment, Austria and Equinet Board Member

SESSION 3 - Looking Forward - Avenues for addressing intersectional discrimination

Chair: Petr Polák, Head of the Division of Equal Treatment, Public Defender of Rights, Czech Republic and Equinet Board Member

Panel discussion with:

  • Marre Karu, European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)
  • Theresa Hammer, Legal Advisor, Ombud for Equal Treatment, Austria & Moderator of Equinet Working Group on Gender Equality
  • Joanna Maycock, Secretary General, European Women’s Lobby
  • Alexandra Timmer, Acting specialist coordinator gender equality –European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination

CONCLUDING SESSION

  • Anne Gaspard, Equinet Executive Director

Photos

Diverse, Inclusive and Equal: Innovating at the intersections of gender equality - Brussels, 7 December 2016

Funding

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