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Equality Bodies

New amendments of Law on Equal Treatment provide for the highest standards of independence for the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson

On 8 November, the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania enacted the amendment of the Law on Equal Treatment that introduces the highest standards of independence for the equality body in Lithuania. Amendments were initiated by the Office of Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson and will come into force from 1 January 2017.

From 2017, the full name of the position will be the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson of the Republic of Lithuania. The main changes include competence requirement for the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson and clearly regulated hitherto unregulated Ombudsperson’s impartiality and independence.

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External publications

European equality law review 2016/2

The fourth issue of the biannual European equality law review, produced by the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discriminatino (EELN) highlights a number of different legal and policy developments from across Europe are raised. As well as European case law updates and key developments at national level in legislation, case law and policy, there are a number of very interesting articles on using anti-discrimination remedies for discrimination speech, implementation of postive action measures for achieving gender equality, merging mandates of equality bodies and national human rights institutions, as well as concepts of sex and gender in EU non-discrimination law and policies.

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Equality Bodies

Luxembourg: 10 Years Equal Treatment Legislation

The Centre for Equal Treatment (CET) organised a celebratory seminar to celebrate 10 years of equal treatment legislation in Luxembourg on 28 November 2016.

Equinet was honoured to participate and be invited to contribute to this event.

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External publications

80% of Roma are at risk of poverty, new FRA survey finds

Widespread deprivation is destroying Roma lives. Families are living excluded from society in shocking conditions, while children with little education face bleak prospects for the future, a new report from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) shows. The report analyses the gaps in Roma inclusion around the EU to guide Member States seeking to improve their integration policies.

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External publications

Almost 23 million children in the EU are poor: For every additional child, a woman’s risk of falling into poverty increases

More women and men are living on the edge of poverty and social exclusion today compared to 2010, according to a new study by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). Young people, lone parents, migrants, people with disabilities and families with three or more children are most at risk of poverty.

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External publications

We need relevant data to develop effective measures to tackle hate crime!

Arson attacks, violence, even murder, and everyday harassment are just some of the worrying hate crime incidents flagged in the latest summary report of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on migration-related fundamental rights in selected EU Member States. It points to tension and hostility towards migrants and asylum seekers, underscoring the need for concerted EU and Member State action in line with fundamental rights.

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Members' Publications

Northern Ireland: Investigation into pregnancy and maternity at work

Half of the women who responded to an Equality Commission investigation into the employment experiences of pregnant workers and mothers in Northern Ireland believe that their career opportunities have been negatively affected by their pregnancy or maternity leave.

That is one of the findings of ‘Expecting Equality: a Formal Investigation under the Sex Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 1976’.

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External publications

Gender-based violence in global supply chains

To mark the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the ITCILO is pleased to present the Resource Kit on Preventing and Addressing Gender Based Violence in Global Supply Chains.

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External publications

Focused actions to combat violence against women

Violence against women is endemic in the European Union. Since the age of 15:
– one in three women has experienced sexual and/or physical violence;
– one in three has experienced psychologically abusive behaviour by an intimate partner;
– one in two (55%) have experienced sexual harassment.

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Equinet Evaluation Lab

Third meeting of the Evaluation Lab – Relevant documents

The third meeting of the Evaluation Lab took place on 19th September 2016. It was hosted by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in London, Great Britain.