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Twinning Project – Increasing the visibility and capacities of the Commissioner for Protection of Equality, Serbia

This twinning project aims to strengthen the existing capacity of relevant national institutions in Serbia such as the Commissioner for Protection of Equality and other key stakeholders for the implementation of human rights and for enhancing the implementation of anti-discrimination policies at national and local level.

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Equinet

Equinet Cluster on Strategic Litigation is launched

Cluster on Strategic Litigation

The Work Plan for 2015 outlines how Equinet would assist the setting up of a members-led thematic cluster bringing together equality bodies’ legal experts with an interest in strategic litigation in discrimination cases.

Strategic litigation is already used by some equality bodies, while others currently consider experimenting the use of this tool to take up cases that can result in important clarifications of the applicable law and positive changes going beyond the merits of the particular case. This thematic cluster provides a space for interested equality bodies as part of an expert group to:

  • discuss the advantages, disadvantages and challenges of strategic litigation,
  • share and discuss criteria for strategic litigation and
  • analyse successful examples of court cases where strategic litigation brought about positive results and developments in the law.

Cluster Kick-Off Meeting – Brussels, December 2015

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The first meeting of the Equinet Cluster on Strategic Litigation took place in Brussels, on 16 December, with the participation of representatives from 7 equality bodies. This first meeting discussed:

  • The definition of strategic litigation: participants agreed that strategic litigation is a method whereby the equality body does not take all complaints received to court but, using a set of criteria, chooses the ones that can be expected to have the widest and strongest effect benefiting the whole society.
  • Tools for strategic litigation: participants agreed that there are different ways for equality bodies (and other actors) to engage in strategic litigation. This might include taking the case in their own name, representing the claimant in front of the court, financially and otherwise supporting the claimant in the court proceedings, intervening on the side of the claimant, or submitting third-party interventions / amicus curiae.
  • The purpose of strategic litigation: participants agreed that the purpose of strategic litigation is in abstracto to achieve a wider effect going beyond the individual case in promoting equality. In practice, equality bodies can use strategic litigation to establish, clarify, and strengthen equality and human rights legislation. Strategic litigation by its very definition also looks at the ripple effects and the echoes created in media and vis-à-vis the legislator.
  • Selection criteria for cases: Participants discussed the importance of having a due and transparent process for choosing the cases for strategic litigation. The criteria are inevitably different for the equality bodies, but many similarities were identified, e.g. criteria such as:
    – Merits of the case and evidence available
    – Whether the case has the potential to establish, clarify and strengthen the law
    – Fields, grounds and issues of strategic importance identified in the equality body’s strategic plan and/or strategic litigation guidelines
    – The number of people affected
    – The wider effect and impact the case can be expected to have
    – Costs
    – Risks (e.g. cost implications, risk of backlash in the society)
    – Whether Strategic Litigation is the best way to tackle the problem (or e.g. a press communication could be more effective)
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Members' Publications

Discrimination in the Czech Republic: victims of discrimination and obstacles hindering their Access to Justice

The Public Defender of Rights launched a new publication on discrimination and underreporting in the Czech Republic. The aim was to explore the experience of the Czech population with discrimination, and to analyse individual, social and institutional obstacles that the victims of discrimination encounter when attempting to assert their rights.

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Members' Publications

Refugee Crisis in Croatia – Overview

Video by the Office of the Ombudswoman of Croatia highlighting the refugee crisis taking place in Croatia at present.

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Members' Publications

Equal Rights – Against Gender Discrimination

More protection from sexual harassment in the workplace, elimination of disadvantages for trans and intersex people and an effective law for the enforcement of equal pay between the sexes – these are the main demands laid out in a report made by the independent commission set up by the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency this year.

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Discrimination Survey in Germany 2015

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The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA) in Germany launched a survey between 1 September and 30 November 2015 in order to find out more about discrimination behaviour in Germany. FADA would like to know which discrimination grounds and in which areas people in Germany are experiencing discrimination. Furthermore the survey asks how people are affected by discrimination and how they cope with it.

The results of this survey will provide FADA with quantitative and qualitative data regarding discrimination in Germany. Over 18.000 persons participated in the online and paper version of the survey.

The first results are available here. The full analysis of the data will be published in 2017.

Based on the results of the survey, FADA will draw up recommendations to prevent future discrimination.

Background

Systematic data on discrimination concerning all discrimination grounds are missing in Germany. The FADA is therefore working on establishing a Discrimination Barometer. The survey is the first step towards establishing such a Barometer. Central results of the survey will be published in the next report of FADA to the German Bundestag (2017).

Further Information

Survey on Discrimination – Brochure

Videos:
https://www.facebook.com/antidiskriminierungsstelle/videos/vb.186706861370824/958676800840489/?type=2&theater

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(more in the Videos section: www.facebook.com/antidiskriminierungsstelle)

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Communication Strategies and Practices

Germany: Survey about Discrimination

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Action Timeframe

01.09.2015 – 30.11.2015

Geographic Area

Germany

Languages Used

German, English, French, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish (languages available for the survey)

Campaign Co-organisers

Berlin Institute for Empirical Research in Integration and Migration (BIM)

Description

The aim of the survey is to disclose discriminating behavior in Germany. The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA) would like to know, based on which discrimination grounds and in which areas persons are experiencing discrimination. Furthermore the survey asks how people are affected by discrimination and how they cope with it. The results of this survey will provide FADA with quantitative and qualitative data regarding discrimination in Germany. Over 16.000 persons participated in the online and paper version of the survey.

First results are expected in March 2016. The full analysis of the data will be published in 2017.

Based on the results of the survey, FADA will draw up recommendations to prevent future discrimination.

Background: Systematic data on discrimination concerning all discrimination grounds are missing in Germany. The FADA is therefore working on establishing a Discrimination Barometer. The survey is the first step towards establishing such a Barometer. Central results of the survey will be published in the next report of FADA to the German Bundestag (2017).

The communications work around this Project aimed to raise awareness about the Survey and get as many poeple to participate as possible, preferably from diverse Backgrounds.

Social context

The results are supposed to provide relevant data about discrimination in Germany. Based on the survey’s results, FADA and other federal agencies will be able to take important further steps in order to both prevent and fight discrimination in Germany. One of the steps will include voicing recommendations to the German Parlament.

Target audience

All German residents aged 14 years or older.

Technical Requirements

It was possible to take part in the survey online. Here participants could choose different foreign languages and easy language for people with learning difficulties. Paper questionnaires were also provided and disseminated via NGOs and other civil society actors. Furthermore, NGOs were contracted to integrate groups that are hard to reach (e.g. older people, refugees, and persons with disabilities).

Sources of funding

The survey and data analysis is financed by FADA. Overall costs amount to around 250.000 Euro. FADA spent so far around 60 working days on the survey (December 2015. Work still ongoing).

Dissemination Channels

The FADA started a social media campaign to inform about the survey by creating videos. These videos showed a known personality talking about their experience of discrimination. While telling their story, they have their eyes closed. The video finishes when they open their eyes and say “I have experienced discrimination. And you?” Then there is the call to tell your own experience of being discriminated against and to take part in the survey. The persons who took part in the videos were: Karoline Herfurth (actress), Kübra Gümüsay (journalist), Marius Broening (athlete), Raul Krauthausen (activist) and Wolfgang Appenzeller (police officer).

The videos were watched altogether more than 300.000 times by November 2015. They were promoted via Facebook ads, trying to reach certain focus groups such as LGBTI, religious minorities etc.

Many partner organizations of FADA placed a banner of the survey on their website or advertised on Facebook by sharing the link to the survey.

There were flyers, postcards and posters distributed to all organizations and institutions in Germany which might encounter persons who have been discriminated against.

Another important channel were emails sent to all major civil society actors (including universities, trade unions, student councils, etc.) and relevant associations, institutions and organizations (retirement homes, associations of people with disability, shelters etc.).

Major Challenges

It was not that easy to communicate the survey to all the different target groups (people discriminated against because of gender, age etc.). To reach as many people as possible it was necessary to have intensive public relations work, to get directly in contact with the different representations of interest and to send them survey material. FADA therefore also offered help completing the survey for persons with learning difficulties. Furthermore, FADA worked together with acquainted persons who had the function of multipliers; they had the task to make the survey public.

Public perception

It is not possible to comment on this right now, because the survey is not yet evaluated and the results are not yet made public.

Perception of the target audience

Round about 16.000 people participated in the survey.

Policy impact

The results of the survey will be used to voice recommendations for the German parliament (2017).

Contact

With regard to the content of the survey, please contact Nathalie Schlenzka (Nathalie.Schlenzka@ads.bund.de, Tel.: +49 3018 555 1813)

Further Information

Survey on Discrimination – Brochure

Videos:

Umfrage Diskriminierung

Der Polizist Wolfgang Appenzeller hat Diskriminierung erlebt. Sie auch? Berichten Sie davon! Machen Sie mit bei unserer großen Umfrage zu Diskriminierung in Deutschland. Bis zum 30.11. hier: www.umfrage-diskriminierung.de

Posted by Antidiskriminierungsstelle des Bundes (ADS) on Thursday, 5 November 2015

Karoline Herfurth, Raul Krauthausen, Kübra Gümüsay und Marius Broening haben Diskriminierung erlebt. Sie auch? Berichten Sie davon! Machen Sie mit bei unserer großen Umfrage zu Diskriminierung in Deutschland. Noch bis 30. November hier: www.umfrage-diskriminierung.de

Posted by Antidiskriminierungsstelle des Bundes (ADS) on Friday, 23 October 2015

Karoline Herfurth hat Diskriminierung erlebt. Sie auch? Berichten Sie davon! Machen Sie mit bei unserer großen Umfrage zu Diskriminierung in Deutschland. Hier: www.umfrage-diskriminierung.de

Posted by Antidiskriminierungsstelle des Bundes (ADS) on Wednesday, 21 October 2015

(more in the Videos section: www.facebook.com/antidiskriminierungsstelle)

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Equinet provisional calendar of activities 2016

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