The new Norwegian Ombud for Equal Treatment, Hanne Bjurstrøm, was in Brussels last week to meet with important partners at EU level. Equinet was very pleased to have the opportunity to meet the new Ombud and accompany her throughout the day.
In October 2014, the Defender of Rights, Equinet’s French member, launched a call for a “commitment to the defence of equality in the fight against racism.” Indeed, the Defender of Rights is responsible for promoting equality and fighting against discrimination. The institution is regularly called upon by stakeholders involved in fighting racism with regards to the propagation of racist remarks in spaces of public expression.
Today, 16 March 2016, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) publishes its report ‘Professionally speaking: challenges to achieving equality for LGBT people’. The report will be launched at the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBTI Rights. The meeting is the first in a series where the Intergroup seeks to deepen its understanding on the challenges faced by public bodies and service providers towards LGBTI people to enhance the protection of their rights, notably in education, healthcare, law enforcement and LGBTI policy making.
On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, annually celebrated on 21 March, the Commission for Equality and Against Racial Discrimination – CICDR that works closely with the High Commission for Migration (ACM) launched a campaign to raise awareness against racism and xenophobia.
In the context of the European Action Week against Racism, we are highlighting different campaigns from around Europe to combat anti-discrimination on the ground of race and ethnic origin. We start with some campaigns from Finland.
Since 2013, there has been an enhanced focus on gender equality in Equinet’s work following the incorporation of the work of the former Network of Gender Equality Bodies (previously led and facilitated by the European Commission).
As laid out in the Gender Equal Treatment Directives, equality bodies are mandated to promote equality and combat discrimination in relation to gender.
Equinet is commissioning a research paper on positive and equality duties in Europe today. Positive duties go beyond the positive action defined in the EU Equal Treatment Directives, and the research will seek to map out current practices and measures implemented.
Submission deadline: 10 April 2016
On 29 February 2016, the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) launched its new Gender Statistics Database, which provides a one-stop source for information on the situation of equality between women and men in the European Union (EU).
This tool can be easily used by experienced professionals and non-experts, and provides automatically updated data to ensure an accurate access to information.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, the European Commission published its annual report on ‘Equality between Women and Men’, containing the most up-to date data on gender equality in the European Union (EU) and its Member States, and reviewing concrete actions undertaken in 2015 by the EU, its Member States and civil society to promote gender equality.
On 14 and 15 January 2016, the Austrian Disability Ombudsman, Erwin Buchinger, and his Office as well as the Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs, with the active involvement of the Federal Chamber of Labour and the Office for Opportunities & Benefits of the Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB), hosted an expert meeting on key equality issues for persons with disabilities and the further development of this agenda at the ÖGB Events Centre in Vienna.