The European Coalition to end violence against women and girls has launched a factsheet in support of the EU signature and ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, the Istanbul Convention.
On 16 November 2016, the International Day for Tolerance, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODHIR) published its hate crime data for 2015.
While the general level of reporting to ODIHR is comparable to previous years, limited data on some bias motivations indicate under-reporting and gaps in recording.
The Equality & Rights Alliance has long espoused the introduction of a socioeconomic status ground into Irish employment equality and equal status legislation. The introduction of such a ground is immediately suggested by the wide range of discrimination experienced on this socio-economic status ground. This experience covers, in particular, the key fields of employment, education, housing and accommodation, and health. This discrimination has deepened and been exacerbated by the economic and financial crisis and the deepening poverty that has been a result of how this crisis has been managed. Our equality legislation, with its nine different grounds of discrimination, has an admirable and important aspiration to be comprehensive in its coverage. This aspiration remains to be realised while the ground of socio-economic status is still not included.
The Serbian Commissioner for the protection of Equality organizes “The First Regional Forum of South-east Europe Equality Bodies“ on the occasion of the International Tolerance Day (Belgrade, 16 November 2016, 11:00 -13:00).
On the 9th and the 10th of November 2016 the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights is hosting a seminar organised by Equinet, focusing on the fight against discrimination on grounds of race and ethnic origin.
Equinet Chair Evelyn Collins recently participated in the General Assembly of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) and spoke about the need for standards for equality bodies, as well as the discriminatory impact of counter terrorism measures in Europe.
It was a great opportunity to meet with some of our members, which due to their mandate are not only Equality Bodies, but also National Human Rights Institutions.
Equinet is running a call for proposals in order to identify the best candidate to carry out its external evaluation for 2016.
Deadline 21 November 2016 (9:00 a.m.)