Launching of the EU Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012

The European Year 2012 has been launched today at an Opening Conference on Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations in Denmark.


Speakers’ biographies

‘Conflicts between the right to equal treatment and other fundamental rights’ (12- 13 September 2011, Vienna)

Sofie D’Hulster

Sofie D’Hulster is an Expert on cyber hate at the Belgium Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism

Sofie D’Hulster received her master degree in 2003 from the Faculty of Political and Social Science at the University of Ghent. In 2009 she obtained her degree Intercultural Communication and Diversity Management. From 2003 until 2006 she worked as a journalist at the Broadcast Assistance Company related to the Public Broadcasting Company (VRT).

In 2007 she started working on the subject of online Hate Speech at the Centre for Equal opportunities and opposition to Racism (the national equality body in Belgium). She is currently dealing with complaints of online racism and discrimination, organises awareness raising activities in schools and for moderators and she cooperates with different national and international organizations to counter and address all forms of online racism and discrimination.

Aileen McColgan

Aileen McColgan is Professor of Human Rights Law at King’s College London, where she has taught since 1991. She also practices as a barrister, her practice being mainly in public/human rights, equality/discrimination and employment law.

She is the UK National Expert on the European Networks of Legal Experts in the Field of Gender Equality and of Experts in the Non-discrimination Field, acted as legal adviser to the Forum on a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland in 2007-8 and is Vice President of the Institute of Employment Rights; an editor of the Education Law Reports; a member of the editorial committees of Public Law, European Human Rights Law Review and the International Journal of Discrimination and the Law; a trustee of the British Institute of Human Rights and a former Executive Committee Member of the Human Rights Lawyers Association and the Industrial Law Society. Aileen has published very widely on human rights, discrimination and employment law.

Peter Reading

Peter Reading is the Director of Legal Policy at the Equality and Human Rights Commission where he has been involved in a number of projects including:

– securing the landmark Equality Act in 2010,

– engaging with the United Nations treaty monitoring processes, including the CERD examination in August this year; and

– working on the Commission’s recent interventions in the European Court of Human Rights on freedom of religion.

Previously he worked as the Head of European and International Legal Policy at the Commission for Racial Equality, and as a Parliamentary Officer at Amnesty International UK.

Peter is also currently an independent consultant to Warwick University on equality and human rights, an Executive Board Member of the Discrimination Law Association and is a co-author of the Oxford University Press, Blackstone’s Guide to the Equality Act.

Peter is the moderator of the Equinet’s working group ‘Equality Law in Practice’.

Anne Weber

Anne Weber is Legal Adviser in the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe, and was previously Legal Assistant in the UNHCR Representation to the European Institutions.

She received her PhD in Human Rights Law from Strasbourg and Geneva Universities. Her research interests include human rights protections systems, asylum and migration issues, hate speech, and she participated in various research projects on the functioning of the European Court of Human Rights.

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Other interesting links

Other interesting links

European and international organisations

European and international organisations

European Commission

European Parliament

  • FEMM – Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality
  • LIBE – Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
  • EMPL – Committee on employment and social affairs
  • DROI – Subcommittee on Human Rights

European agencies

European Funds

Other European organisations

Other links

EU networks and platforms

EU Networks and Platforms

**Social platform

The Platform of European Social NGOs (Social Platform) is the alliance of representative European federations and networks of non-governmental organisations active in the social sector.

**AGE-Platform Europe

AGE, the European older people’s platform, represents and promotes the interests of older people in the European Union and raises awareness of the issues that concern them the most.

**European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN)

The EAPN is an independant network of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and groups involved in the fight against poverty and social exclusion in the Member States of the European Union.

**European Disability Forum – EDF

The European Disability Forum (EDF) is a European umbrella organisation representing more than 50 million disabled people in Europe. Its mission is to ensure disabled citizens have full access to fundamental and human rights through their active involvement in policy development and implementation in the European Union.

**European Network Against Racism – ENAR

ENAR is a network of European NGOs working to combat racism in all EU member states. ENAR aims to fight racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, to promote equality of treatment between EU citizens and third country nationals, and to link local/regional/national initiatives with European initiatives.

**European Roma Information Office – ERIO

ERIO is an international advocacy organisation which promotes political and public discussion on Roma issues by providing factual and in-dept information on a range of policy issues to the European Union institutions, Roma civil organisations, governmental authorities and intergovernmental bodies.

**European Women’s Lobby- EWL

The European Women’s Lobby is the largest umbrella organisation of women’s associations in the European Union. The EWL Secretariat is based in Brussels, but the EWL has member organisations in 25 Member States of the EU. The European Women’s Lobby aims to promote women’s rights and equality between women and men in the European Union

**European Youth Forum – YJF

The European Youth Forum works to empower young people to participate actively in the shaping of Europe and the societies in which they live, and in improving the living conditions of young people as European citizens in today’s world. The European Youth Forum defends the interests of all young people in Europe.


The European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe) is a non-governmental umbrella organisation that represents its members, principally organisations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, at the European level.

**European Trade Union Confederation – ETUC

The ETUC promotes the interests of working people at European level and to represent them in the EU institutions.

**Business Europe

Former UNICE, Business Europe is the Confederation of European Business. Their members are the central national business federations of the 34 countries they represent.

**European Association of Craft, Small and Medium Size Enterprises – UEAPME

UEAPME is the employer’s organisation representing the interests of European crafts, trades and SMEs at EU level. This European SME umbrella organisation incorporates 85 member organisations consisting of national cross-sectorial SME federations, European branch federations and other associate members, which support the SME family.

Other European networks and think tanks

**Black European Women’s Council

**Caritas Europa

**CECOP European Confederation of Cooperatives and Worker-Owened Enterprises Active in Industry and Services

**CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe

**COFACE – Confederation of family organisations in the European Union

**Equality and Diversity Forum (UK NGO network)

**Eurochild – Promoting the Welfare and Rights of Children and Young People


**European Commission on Sexual Orientation Law


**European Federation for Street Children – EFSC

**European Foundation Centre – EFC

**European Microfinance Network – EMN

**European Migration Network – EMN

**European Network of Legal Experts in the Non-discrimination Field

**European Social Network – ESN

**FEANTSA – European Federation of national organisations working with the homeless

**ICARE – Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe

**IMISCOE International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion

**INTERIGHTS – The International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights

**ISCA – International Sport and Culture Association

**Mental Health Europe – MHE

**Migration Policy Group – MPG

**PICUM – Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants

**Solidar – European network of NGOs working together to advance social justice in Europe and World Wide

**Transgender Europe – TGEU

**WAVE – Women against Violence Europe (Feminist Network promoting Human Rights of Women and Children)

**Youth for Exchange and Understanding International


Useful links

[/These pages provide you with useful information on external websites relating to equality and anti-discrimination issues.

Links to Equinet partner websites are available from the Equality Bodies page.

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