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Equinet Executive Board 2015-2017

Equinet Executive Board 2015-2017 (taken Sep. 2017): P. Polak, E. Collins, K. Lykovardi, K. Pimiä, P. Charlier, S. Benichou, T. Šimonović Einwalter, S. Konstatzky (missing A. Blaszczak)
Equinet Executive Board 2015-2017 (taken Sep. 2017): P. Polak, E. Collins, K. Lykovardi, K. Pimiä, P. Charlier, S. Benichou, T. Šimonović Einwalter, S. Konstatzky (missing A. Blaszczak)

The Members of the Equinet Executive Board for the 2015-2017 period were:

  • Evelyn COLLINS, Chief Executive, Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland
  • Sarah BENICHOU, Head of ‘Access to Rights and Discriminations’ Unit, Defender of Rights, France
  • Anna BŁASZCZAK, Deputy Director of the Department of Equal Treatment and Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Human Rights Defender, Poland
  • Patrick CHARLIER, Co-Director, Unia (Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities), Belgium
  • Sandra KONSTATZKY, Deputy Director, Ombud for Equal Treatment, Austria
  • Kalliopi LYKOVARDI, Deputy Ombudsman for Equal Treatment, Greek Ombudsman, Greece
  • Kirsi PIMIÄ, Ombudswoman, Non-Discrimination Ombudsman, Finland
  • Petr POLAK, Head of the Division of Equal Treatment, Public Defender of Rights, Czech Republic
  • Tena ŠIMONOVIĆ EINWALTER, Deputy Ombudswoman, Office of the Ombudswoman, Croatia

Former Board Members for the 2015-2016 period:

  • Kosana BEKER, Assistant to the Commissioner for Protection of Equality, Commissioner for Protection of Equality, Serbia (resigned in December, 2016)
  • Elisabeth LIER HAUGSETH, Head of Law Enforcement Department, The Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud, Norway (resigned in October, 2016)
Equinet Executive Board 2015-2017 (taken Oct. 2015): K. Beker, P. Charlier, E. Collins, E. Lier Haugseth, S. Konstatzky, K. Lykovardi, P. Polak, A. Blaszczak (missing S. Benichou)
Equinet Executive Board 2015-2017 (taken Oct. 2015): K. Beker, P. Charlier, E. Collins, E. Lier Haugseth, S. Konstatzky, K. Lykovardi, P. Polak, A. Blaszczak (missing S. Benichou)
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Meet the National Equality Bodies (#MeetNEBs)

Czech Republic: Public Defender of Rights

Our colleagues at the Public Defender of Rights in the Czech Republic are the second of our members to take over the Equinet Twitter account (@equineteurope) as part of our #MeetNEBs campaign.

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Equality Bodies

UK Supreme Court ruling: Wheelchair spaces on buses must be a priority

In a recent judgement from the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, the court found that bus companies must end discriminatory ‘first come, first served’ policies, and do more to give priority to wheelchair users. Bus companies should have clear policies in place, and give training to drivers to remove the barriers wheelchair users face when using buses.

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Equality Bodies

Latvia: latest news on the work of the Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Latvia on the rights of persons with disabilities

The Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Latvia is one of 46 Equinet members. Their mandate covers grounds of discrimination such as gender, race and ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation and religion and belief.

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External publications

Combatting sexist hate speech

The Council of Europe (CoE) has started to address the issue of combatting sexist hate speech by looking at the potential use of existing standards and at policies on combating gender stereotypes.

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Meet the National Equality Bodies (#MeetNEBs)

Norway: Equality and Antidiscrimination Ombud

Our colleagues at the Equality and Antidiscrimination Ombud in Norway are the first of our members to take over the Equinet Twitter account (@equineteurope) as part of our #MeetNEBs campaign.

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Members' Publications

Germany: Survey on Discrimination against homosexual and bisexual people

The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA) in Germany published the preliminary results of a survey focusing on the perceptions of the mainstream society in relation to homosexual and bisexual people.

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External publications

The Employment Equality Directive and supporting people with psychosocial disabilities in the workplace

This report, written by the European network of legal experts in gender equality and nondiscrimination, discusses the situation for people with psychosocial disabilities in the workplace in light of the Employment Equality Directive and other relevant anti-discrimination regulations, including the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. The report specifically focuses on variations in national definitions of disability, issues of stigma and disclosure, and the right to reasonable accommodation for people with psychosocial disabilities.

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External publications

A comparative analysis of gender equality law in Europe 2016

This report provides a general overview of the ways in which EU gender equality law has been implemented in the domestic laws across Europe. The analysis is based on the country reports written by the gender equality law experts of the European equality law network (EELN). At the same time, this report explains the most important elements of the EU gender equality acquis. The term ‘EU gender equality acquis’ refers to all the relevant EU Treaty and EU Charter of Fundamental Rights provisions, legislation and the case law of the CJEU in relation to gender equality.

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Members' Publications

Norway: Tight gender roles threaten equality

The Norwegian Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud has recently published a report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). In the report, the Ombud describes the main equality challanges in Norway, including harassment, violence, digital violence and rape. A main focus of the report is how stereoptypes and narrow gender roles affect the realisation of fundamental rights for women and girls. The remaing equality challenges in Norway are the hardest and requires considerable political mobilization, according to Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud Hanne Bjurstrøm