Danish Institute for Human Rights


Board of Equal Treatment

Czech Republic

Public Defender of Rights


Office of the Commissioner for Administration and Human Rights (Ombudsman)


Office of the Ombudsman


Commission for Protection Against Discrimination

Executive Board

Equinet Executive Board 2009 – 2011

[/The Members of the Equinet Executive Board for the 2009-2011 period were:

Equinet Executive Board
Equinet Executive Board

From left to right: Katri Linna, Jozef De Witte, Néphèli Yatropoulos, Mandana Zarrehparvar (Chair), Ingrid Nikolay-Leitner, Kalliopi Lykovardi and Domenica Ghidei.

  • Mandana Zarrehparvar (Chair)
    Senior Adviser, Equality and Monitoring Department
    Danish Institute for Human Rights, Denmark
  • Jozef De Witte
    Executive Director
    Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism, Belgium
  • Domenica Ghidei
    Equal Treatment Commission, Netherlands
  • Kalliopi Lykovardi
    Senior Investigator
    Office of the Greek Ombudsman, Greece (joined the Board on 1st May 2010).
  • Ingrid Nikolay-Leitner
    Ombud for Equal Treatment, Austria
  • Néphèli Yatropoulos
    Adviser on European and International Issues, Anti-discrimination and Equality mission
    Defender of Rights, France

During the period of their mandate, the following Board Members stepped down:

  • Katri Linna, Equality Ombudsman, Sweden (on 1st February 2011)
  • David Ruebain, Director of Legal Policy, Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), United Kingdom – Great Britain (on 30th April 2010).

New Member in the Spotlight – Serbian Commission for the Protection of Equality

We are very happy to announce that one of our newest members, the Serbian Commission for the Protection of Equality, is now featured in the Members in the Spotlight section of our website.

Equality Bodies

Conference in Spain on “The role of equality bodies in the fight against discrimination”

The Spanish Race and Ethnic Equality Council organized a Conference on “ The Role of Equality Bodies in the Fight Against Discrimination ” on 2-3 November 2011 at the Secretary of State of Equality, Ministry of Health, Social Policy and Equality in Madrid.

The Spanish Race and Ethnic Equality Council, composed by representatives of public administrations, business and trade union organisations, as well as civil society organisations, initiated its work in September 2009 with the aim of promoting the principle and right of equal treatment and non-discrimination of people on ethnic or racial grounds.

At this point, after two years of intense work, the Council decided it is the right time to organise a conference with the aim of presenting the work done since it was created, debate on equality and non-discrimination, and analyse with key institutions and stakeholders what are the key challenges in the current social and economic context.
They foresaw therefore a variety of speeches and thematic round tables given by relevant experts in the field of equality and non-discrimination, both at national and European level, such as the European Commission, Equinet, OSCE and other equality bodies. Ms. Mandana Zarrehparvar, the Chair of Equinet’s Executive Board, will deliver the Opening Speech on “Equality bodies in the EU”.

To download the Council’s latest publications, annual report 2010 and the study on perception of discrimination by (potential) victims, please visit the Council’s website

Event details
– Organiser: Spanish Race and Ethnic Equality Council
– Venue: Madrid, Spain
– Date: 2-3 November 2011

Equality Bodies

5th edition of the Bulgarian National Legal Workshop

The Bulgarian Commission for Protection against Discrimination will organise a National Legal Workshop dedicated on the application of antidiscrimination legislation on 10-12 October 2011.