The European Directory of Equality Bodies is a new database which brings together up-to-date profiles of our member equality bodies with comparable search options on their mandates, functions and accountability.
On 27 September 2016, our German colleagues at the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA) celebrated their tenth anniversary, together with the ten years of the German General Equal Treatment Act (AGG) in Berlin.
Although European Anti-Discrimination law only requires that equality bodies are set up on the grounds of race and ethnic origin and gender, many countries have gone beyond these requirements and have equality bodies that deal with other grounds of discrimination (in particular, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief and disability). Depending on their mandate, equality bodies can support victims of different grounds of discrimination in employment, education, housing, social protection and healthcare and in the provision of goods and services.
Consult our graphs and map below to identify which members can fight which grounds of discrimination and in which fields.
Equality bodies cover different fields of discrimination, from employment, through education and healthcare to the provision of goods and services. While many Equinet members deal with discrimination in all fields of life, some are only mandated to deal with one or a few fields.
This part of the Directory provides information on which fields equality bodies cover, in conjunction with which grounds.
The Defender of Rights has launched the results of a call for evidence conducted in spring 2016 on ethnic discrimination in access to employment. These results illustrate the variety of challenges faced by people of foreign origin and the impact on their professional and personal lives.
In July 2016 the Polish Ombudsman (Commissioner for Human Rights) published its Activity Report for 2015, focusing on the most important matters in the fields of constitutional and international law, criminal law, labour law, social security and uniformed services, civil law, administrative and economic law and the principle of equal treatment and combating discrimination.
The Equinet Executive Board and Secretariat were invited to Helsinki on 7 September by our Finnish members, the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman and the Ombudsman for Equality, to meet with staff members and Finnish stakeholders to discuss the work of equality bodies and common challenges for equality in Europe.
New Council of Europe publication from June 2016 on sexual orientation and gender identity!
The project of the University of Brescia (Italy) and Lambda Warsaw (Poland) ‘Come Forward: Empowering and Supporting Victims of Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes’ will be co-financed by the European Commission. The project will be developed within the framework of the programme Rights, Equality and Citizenship 2014-2020.
On the 26th of August 2016, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopted two general comments relating to the rights of women and girls with disabilities under Article 6 and the right to inclusive education for persons with disabilities under Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).