Nominations for the European Diversity Awards 2012, sponsored by Google and the Royal Bank of Scotland, are now open until mid-June.
Membership criteria – who should join?
The specialised equality bodies united in Equinet are established on the basis of:
- Article 13 of the Racial Equality Directive (2000/43/EC), Article 8bis of Directive 76/207/EEC on the implementation of the principle of equal treatment for men and women as regards access to employment, vocational training and promotion, and working conditions
- Article 12 of the Gender Equality Directive regarding goods and services (2004/113/EC) and Article 20 of the recasting Gender Equality Directive (2006/54/EC) with regard to equal opportunities and equal treatment of men and women in matters of employment and occupation.
Equinet and its members are independent from (yet transparent for and accountable to) governmental structures and a variety of other stakeholders in society, such as legislative bodies, interest groups, the media, NGOs and society at large.
If established on the basis of the above articles and based in an EU Member State, accession state or EEA state, your organisation can become a member of Equinet and enjoy the standard benefits available to the members of the network.
In some cases your organisation may be granted an Observer status, for instance in transitional periods for implementing EU requirements to be established as a specialised equality body. Observers can participate in meetings but cannot take part in the decision-making process and do not enjoy the full range of benefits of membership in the network. The observer status is also limited in time.
Membership benefits – why join?
- Exchange experiences, legal expertise, enforced strategies and good practices on discrimination issues and equal opportunities with other equality bodies;
- Emphasise the key role of equality bodies in the implementation of current and future anti-discrimination legislation;
- Learn from the experience of other equality bodies and receive essential peer support;
- Further develop equality body skills, capacities and independence;
- Speak with a stronger, more united voice from equality bodies across Europe;
- Engage with stakeholders, civil society organisations and other networks at European level that share a common interest in anti-discrimination and equal opportunities-related issues;
- Raise your profile as a specialised equality body through European cooperation.
More specific and practical benefits are:
- Participate in staff trainings and meetings with legal experts and other members of the network;
- Take the opportunity to host a training with the support of the network staff and use the occasion to gain visibility at European level;
- Participate in other events, seminars, conferences and research initiatives;
- Learn from more experienced equality bodies;
- Participate in (at least) one of Equinet’s Working Groups;
- Access a system of electronic information exchange via the members’ section of this website (including the Equinet forum).
Relevant information material on Equinet
- Equinet website’s About Us section;
- The Equinet Membership Guide 2012;
- Equinet Annual Report 2012;
- General presentation of the network.
For further details on the application procedure:
- Please check the Equinet Handbook 2012 – A Guide to Internal Procedure (Chapter 2) or
- Contact the Equinet secretariat team by phone at +32 2212 3182 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org./]
The Danish Board of Equal Treatment joined Equinet in 2009, the same year it started its activity as Denmark’s first quasi-judicial administrative board covering all grounds of discrimination.
In the following interview Ms. Susanne Fischer (pictured left), the Deputy Head of the Board’s Secretariat, will talk about the key projects and achievements of her organization, the main discrimination issues it deals with, and its role in pushing forward the non-discrimination agenda in the context of the Danish presidency of the EU.
[/The Members of the Equinet Executive Board for the 2011-2013 period were:
From left to right: Domenica Ghidei, Therese Spiteri, Csaba Ferenc Asztalos, Evelyn Collins, Julija Šartuch, Tena Šimonovic Einwalter, Jozef De Witte (Chair), Elke Lujansky-Lammer, and Néphèli Yatropoulos.
- Jozef De Witte (Chair)
Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism, Belgium
- Csaba Ferenc Asztalos
National Council for Combating Discrimination, Romania
- Evelyn Collins
Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland
- Domenica Ghidei
Equal Treatment Commission, The Netherlands
- Elke Lujansky-Lammer
Head of the Regional Office for Styria
Ombud for Equal Treatment, Austria
- Julija Šartuch
Adviser on international cooperation and project activities
Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson, Lithuania
- Tena Šimonovic Einwalter
Office of the Ombudsman, Croatia
- Therese Spiteri
National Commission for the Promotion of Equality, Malta
- Néphèli Yatropoulos
Advisor to the Defender on European and International Affairs
Defender of Rights, France
The objectives of the current Equinet Strategic Plan build on the success of the previous paln for 2007-2010 and is the result of an in-depth survey of Equinet’s Members conducted in early 2010. They also take into account the evaluations of Equinet’s work over the last few years as well as discussion with key stakeholders in the context of the preparation of the Strategic Plan (including consultation with the European Commission, EU social partner organisations and civil society networks).
This Strategic Plan signals an important step for Equinet – marking a transition from a newly established network to a consolidated and anchored European Network for national Equality Bodies. Since our establishment as a legal entity in 2007, our membership has grown significantly with a larger spread and diversity of equality bodies joining our network, the number and diversity of the staff of member organisations involved in our activities have been on a steady increase and external stakeholders have consistently shown considerable interest in Equinet and its work. To sustain this growth, we need a solid basis that enables us to build on the achievements of previous years and a firm learning and networking platform that is transparent, accountable and inclusive for all its members.
This Strategic Plan represents a map and a vision that, following Members’ adoption, Equinet and its Executive Board have committed to follow and implement in the period 2011-2014. The Strategic Plan adopts a comprehensive and complementary approach with clear objectives. It sets an ambitious plan and future for Equinet based on steady growth whilst at the same time maintaining continuity with the previous work and strategic plan of Equinet of the past few years.
Welcome to the interactive information portal dedicated to Equinet’s member equality bodies. Here you can find a list of all Equinet members from each European country, with a brief profile of each organisation but also the possibility to explore more detailed information sheets.
The Secretariat of Equinet is located in the premises of Unia.
138 Rue Royale/Koningsstraat
Tel: +32 2 212 3182
Fax: +32 2 212 3030
For general enquiries: please send an email to email@example.com with your enquiry, full name, position and email address.
Should you wish to contact staff members, please refer to this page for contact details.
Equinet, European Network of Equality Bodies, brings together 49 organizations from 36 European countries, which are empowered to counteract discrimination as national equality bodies across a range of grounds including age, disability, gender, race or ethnic origin, religion or belief, and sexual orientation.
ERIO and Age Platform Europe jointly publish press release raising the issue of the urgent need to tackle multiple discrimination against older Roma.