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2017 AGM

Equinet Annual General Meeting 2017

Equinet turns 10 this year! This has been cause for celebration and reflection throughout the year, especially at our anniversary conference, held on Tuesday 10 October.
The General Assembly of Equinet Members met in Brussels, Belgium on 11 October for the 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM), and brought together heads and senior management representatives from all Equinet member national equality bodies.

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Members' Publications

Joint report to the German Bundestag shows discrimination risks in employment services

There are, in some cases, serious discrimination risks in the employment placement in Germany. This can be seen in the joint report to the German Bundestag, which was presented by the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA) on Thursday, together with the Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration, and the Federal Government Commissioner for the Disability of People with Disabilities.

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Members' Publications

Ireland: Human Rights and Equality Commission Annual Report Launched

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has launched its Annual Report to the Houses of the Oireachtas (Parliament of Ireland). The report of the Commission’s work as the independent national human rights and equality body, directly accountable to the Oireachtas, outlines the Commission’s increased activity on its statutory functions.

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Europe

Is Europe doing enough to protect fundamental rights? – The Children Perspective

As part of its 10th anniversary year, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights in close cooperation with the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union invites its stakeholders to a symposium on 28 June to discuss fundamental rights issues that are currently high on the Union’s political agenda.

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Equality Bodies

Handbook on how to build a case on equal pay – Now in Latvian

The Equinet Handbook, prepared by members of Equinet’s Working Group on Gender Equality, aims to be a practical and useful tool for anyone who works on equal pay cases, guiding you to existing resources, data, partners and arguments that have been successful in the past. It has been translated by the Office of the Ombudsman into Latvian.

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External publications

Economic Benefits of Gender Equality in the EU

In 2015-2016, the European Institute for Gender Equality commissioned research to assess how improvements in gender equality can contribute to sustainable, inclusive and smart economic growth of the EU.

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External publications

Safe at Home, Safe at Work

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) project “Safe at Home, Safe at Work” has come to a close. It collected good practice examples from trade unions working to prevent, manage and eliminate work-place harassment and violence against women, producing country reports for Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Holland, Slovenia and Spain.

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Europe

Code of Conduct on countering online hate speech: results of evaluation show important progress

In 2016, the European Commission and four major social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft) launched a Code of Conduct on countering illegal online hate speech. On 1st June 2017, the European Commission released the results of an evaluation of the Code of Conduct. It was carried out by NGOs and public bodies in 24 EU countries. The results being presented today show that, one year after its adoption, the Code of Conduct has delivered some important progress, while some challenges remain.

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External publications

Strong surge of nationalistic populism, xenophobic hate speech were key challenges in Europe in 2016

A strong surge of nationalistic populism, continued efforts to integrate migrants, and the response of European states to the continued Islamist terror attacks that struck Europe in 2016 were the main developments identified by the Council of Europe’s anti-racism commission (ECRI) in its annual report.

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External publications

Gender Equality Plans in the Private and Public Sectors in the European Union

This study aims to map existing Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) in the public and private sectors in the EU Member States, as far as data are available. It aims to analyse how GEPs have both impacted and are impacting the economic situation of women in the EU, analyses national legislation and collective agreements in connection with GEPs, analyses the impact of the crisis and subsequent austerity on GEPs and, more in-depth, analyses the substance and impact of GEPs in the private and public sectors in two Member States, Austria and Spain.