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Gender Equality

Gender Equality

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Relevant information about the working group

The working group Gender Related Issues is Equinet’s platform for staff members of equality bodies that are working on gender issues. It aims to enable discussion, reflection and action on the effective promotion of gender equality and to combat gender discrimination by equality bodies. The working group will initially consider the mapping exercise carried out by the Secretariat on the current initiatives at EU level in relation to gender equality with a view to establishing the particular added value Equinet can bring to this field of work.

Focus in 2018

  • Discuss the proposed Work-Life Balance Directive and its implications for equality bodies
  • Support the preparation of the seminar on dismissal protection for parents and carers, including pregnancy and motherhood related discrimination in the field of employment.
  • Discuss recent development in the field of trans* rights, which is characterized by a changing legal landscape. Working group members will map challenges and share good practices on how to address these in cooperation with external partners for the purposes of capacity building during one of the working group meetings in 2018. The bridging function of trans* rights, straddling both gender equality and LGBTI rights, will be addressed.
  • Support the discussions of the Policy Formation Working Group on hate speech by addressing sexist hate speech as a specific form of hate speech, mapping its characteristics and prevalence and considering intersecting forms of vulnerability to hate speech.
  • Ensure gender mainstreaming in the regular work and activities of Equinet.
  • Support dissemination, follow-up and use of previously published outputs of the Working Group, including the Handbook on Equal Pay and the report on Gender Equality in Education.

Focus in 2017

  • Publish a report on Gender Equality in Education, following the seminar on the same topic conducted in 2016.
  • Outline the experiences of equality bodies in combating discrimination in the workplace, and contribute to the preparation and organization of the Seminar ‘Breaking the glass ceiling: career progress and promotion patterns experienced by women.’
  • Prepare and conduct a training on How to Build a Case on Equal Pay, using the handbook prepared in 2016.
  • Participate in and contribute to the project on Combating Violence Against Women.


Meeting summaries


1st meeting – March 2017


23.03.2017_wg_meeting_budapest_notes.docx

2nd meeting – October 2017


equinet_meeting_notes_18.10.2017.docx

1st meeting – April 2016


gender_equality_working_group._1st_meeting_2016._meeting_minutes.docx

2nd meeting – November 2016


equinet._final_meeting_minutes._second_meeting_of_wg_gender._malta_2016.docx

1st meeting – May 2015


Meeting WG Gender Equality May 2015

2nd meeting – November 2015


Meeting WG Gender Equality Nov 2015

Current moderators:

Nathalie Schlenzka, Federal Anti-discrimination Agency in Germany
Nathalie.Schlenzka@ads.bund.de
Katarzyna Wilkolaska-Zuromska, Commissioner for Human Rights in Poland
k.wilkolaska@brpo.gov.pl

Staff support in the Equinet Secretariat:

Katrine Steinfeld, Policy Officer
Katrine.Steinfeld@equineteurope.org

Members and contacts:

WG Gender Equality Contacts 2017

For additional information on the Working Group, including a list of recent publications, please see the external section of the website on Working Groups.
You can explore more Equinet publications here, and order free hardcopies using this form.

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Policy Formation

Policy Formation

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Relevant information about the working group

The working group Policy Formation is Equinet’s primary platform enabling a constructive dialogue with EU institutions; a dialogue that supports policy formation at EU level to effectively promote equality, value diversity and tackle discrimination.

The working group supports the dialogue between Equinet and the EU institutions through the preparation of Equinet perspectives. These perspectives seek to inform current policy development within the EU institutions in the area of equality and non-discrimination and to contribute an equality dimension to policy being developed on other issues. Equinet perspectives are fact-based, developed from the work and experience of national equality bodies at Member State level.

Focus in 2018

  • Discuss and produce a Perspective on equality bodies addressing hate speech, including racist and sexist hate speech. The Perspective will build on the work and experience of equality bodies in this area.
  • Discuss and produce an output on a European topic and priority of relevance to be agreed with the Executive Board and Working Group members.
  • Support dissemination, follow-up and use of previously published outputs of the Working Group, including the Factsheet on equality bodies contributing to the List of Actions by the European Commission to advance LGBTI equality and the Perspective on the links between equality bodies and ombudspersons.

Focus in 2017

  • Discuss and contribute to the preparation of the conference Integration of migrants and refugees in Europe: the contribution of equality bodies, taking into account their experience at national level and the findings of the internal survey conducted by Equinet in 2016.
  • Discuss and produce a Factsheet on the List of Actions by the European Commission to advance LGBTI equality, taking into account their experience at national level and the learnings from the 2013 Equinet Perspective Equality Bodies promoting Equality and Non-Discrimination for LGBTI People.
  • Discuss and produce a report/perspective on a European topic and priority of relevance to be agreed with the Executive Board and Working Group members.
  • Support dissemination, follow-up and use of previously published Equinet publications, including on the work done by equality bodies on intersectionality from a gender equality perspective and on discrimination against youth people.


Current moderator:

Petr Polák, Head of Equal Treatment Division, Czech Public Defender of Rights & Equinet Board member

Staff support in the Equinet Secretariat:

Jessica Machacova, Membership and Policy Officer
Jessica.Machacova@equineteurope.org

Expert support:

Niall Crowley, Independent Expert

Members and contacts:

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For additional information on the Working Group, including a list of recent publications, please see the external section of the website on Working Groups.
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Strategy Development

Strategy Development

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Relevant information about the working group

The working group Strategy Development is Equinet’s permanent platform for staff members of equality bodies that are concerned with strategic issues and planning to exchange experience and share expertise. It aims to contribute to the effective implementation of equality bodies’ mandates through analysing and evaluating the most strategic use of the diverse powers available to equality bodies.

Focus in 2014:

In 2014 the working group will discuss equality bodies’ experiences with strategic planning and it will compile a report pointing to good practice examples in this field. The relative scarcity of comprehensive strategic plans, litigation strategies and strategies to address specific areas or grounds of work among equality bodies was pointed out in a number of Equinet publications. The reports underlined that the absence of strategies leaves the initiatives taken by the equality body in a vacuum, actions will be isolated and mainly reactive, the impact of the actions diminished. The work will take into account the paper on impact indicators published by Equinet in 2013. By compiling and analysing good practice examples in this field, the working group will enhance equality bodies’ capacity to respond to the needs of vulnerable groups and to contribute to better implementation of EU antidiscrimination legislation and policies.

The working group will meet twice during the year.


Current moderator:

Ms. Sandra Konstatzky from the Ombud for Equal Treatment in Austria
Sandra.Konstatzky@bka.gv.at

Staff support in the Equinet Secretariat:

Tamás Kádár, Policy Officer
Tamas.Kadar@equineteurope.org

Members and contacts:

CONTACTS – WG STRATEGY 2014


Recent reports of the WG:

Providing Independent Assistance to Victims of Discrimination
Effective Strategies to Empower Civil Society


Of further interest to the WG are also two good practice guides:
Equality Bodies Supporting Good Practice by Service Providers
Promoting Equality in the Workplace


You can explore more Equinet publications here, and order free hardcopies using this form.
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Equality Law in Practice

Equality Law in Practice

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Relevant information about the working group

The working group Equality Law in Practice is Equinet’s permanent platform for legal staff of equality bodies to exchange experience, share expertise and work to improve the level of legal protection from discrimination across the EU. The working group focuses on the interpretation of complex legal problems and a comparative analysis of EU and national legislation and jurisprudence in the field of equality and anti-discrimination law.

Focus in 2018

  • Discuss recent national and international case law on age discrimination, including the legal work of equality bodies on this ground. The discussions will have a specific focus on the question of retirement age and the related CJEU jurisprudence, but will also address other fields of life, such as goods and services, social protection and healthcare. Discussions will touch upon the role of other grounds intersecting with age as appropriate. Based on these discussions the Working Group will produce a report on age discrimination that will also inform the Equinet seminar on age discrimination.
  • Monitor cases communicated by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) to identify those that are directly relevant for equality and non-discrimination and the work of equality bodies. The Working Group will also contribute to preparing any third party interventions to the ECtHR on cases of high relevance relating to equality and non-discrimination.
  • Contribute to the preparation and organization of Equinet conferences and seminars with a legal focus.
  • Provide a platform for case workers of equality bodies to request information and advice from each other relating to specific cases.
  • Support dissemination, follow-up and use of previously published outputs of the Working Group, including the Discussion paper on Fighting Discrimination on the Ground of Race and Ethnic Origin and the report on freedom of religion and belief and religious discrimination.

Focus in 2017

  • National and international case law on discrimination on the basis of religion and belief, including the legal work of equality bodies on this ground. Based on discussions in the Working Group, the group will produce an update to its report ‘A question of faith? Religion and belief in Europe’ published in 2011.
  • Monitoring cases communicated by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) to identify those that are directly relevant for equality and non-discrimination and the work of equality bodies. The Working Group will also contribute to preparing any third party interventions to the ECtHR on cases of high relevance relating to equality and non-discrimination.
  • Further use of the Equinet Handbook on ‘How to build a case on equal pay’

Current moderators:

  • Veronika Bazalova, Office of the Public Defender of Rights (Czech Republic), bazalovav@ochrance.cz
  • Dora Bogardi, Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights (Hungary), bogardi.dora@ajbh.hu

2017

1st Meeting – Brussels, 10 May 2017

2nd Meeting – Athens, 10 November 2017

2016

1st Meeting – Brussels, March 2016

2nd Meeting – Riga, Latvia, September 2016


Staff support in the Equinet Secretariat:

Tamás Kádár, Head of Legal and Policy Team
Tamas.Kadar@equineteurope.org

Members and contacts:

WG Equality Law contacts 2016

For additional information on the Working Group, including a list of recent publications, please see the external section of the website on Working Groups.
You can explore more Equinet publications here, and order free hardcopies using this form.
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External Evaluation

External Evaluation

[/The Equinet Executive Board commissions an external evaluation of the work of Equinet in the final quarter of each year to ensure that activities are meeting the needs of Equinet members and achieving the goals established under the organisation’s Strategic Plan.




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