Equality Bodies

Combating racial discrimination and intolerance in the Slovak Republic

In co-operation with the Slovak National Centre for Human Rights (SNCHR), the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) organised a round table in Bratislava on 28 September 2017 to discuss the follow-up to the recommendations of its 2014 report on Slovakia and its 2017 Conclusions.


5th Meeting of the CoE-FRA-ENNHRI-EQUINET platform on social and economic rights

The 5th Meeting of the CoE-FRA-ENNHRI-Equinet Collaborative Platform on Social and Economic Rights took place on 26 September at the initiative of the Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia.


Consultation meetings with European stakeholders

On 6-7 September Equinet Chair Evelyn Collins visited Brussels for a range of meetings with Equinet’s European stakeholders.

Meet the National Equality Bodies (#MeetNEBs)

Slovakia: Slovak National Centre for Human Rights

Our colleagues at the Slovak National Centre for Human Rights are the next members to take over the Equinet Twitter account (@equineteurope) as part of our #MeetNEBs campaign.

External publications

Muslims in the EU: High levels of trust despite pervasive discrimination

The vast majority of Muslims in the EU have a high sense of trust in democratic institutions despite experiencing widespread discrimination and harassment, a major survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) shows. The survey captures the experiences of Muslim immigrants and their EU-born children, revealing that public attitudes have changed all too little over the last decade.


2017 Board Election: The Candidates


Equinet 2017 Board Elections

The 9 members of the next Equinet Board will be elected for a two-year mandate (October 2017-October 2019) by the Equinet Members at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 11th October 2017 in Brussels.

The full elections procedures and eligibility requirements are detailed and explained in the Equinet Board Elections Guide:

Equinet Board Elections Guide 2017

Board Members’ Tasks

  • Continued and pro-active involvement in the development and implementation of Equinet strategies and activities, overseeing of the Equinet budget and the work of the Secretariat.
  • To attend Board meetings. Four Board meetings take place in Brussels or other European cities each year.
  • To attend and actively participate in Equinet Annual General Meetings (AGM).
  • To actively participate in selected Equinet conferences, seminars, trainings and/or working group(s).
  • To provide feedback on regular requests and consultations circulated by the Chair or Equinet Secretariat between Board meetings throughout the year

Overview of Candidates



(out of which to select a maximum of 4 candidates)


Laurence Bond

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC), Ireland


Patrick Charlier

Unia (Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities), Belgium


Valérie Fontaine

Advisor for partnerships and public relations
Defender of Rights, France


Kirsi Pimiä

Non-Discrimination Ombudsman
Non-Discrimination Ombudsman, Finland




(out of which to select a maximum of 3 candidates)


Rhoda Garland

Executive Director
Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability, Malta


Sandra Konstatzky

Deputy Director
Ombud for Equal Treatment, Austria


Petr Polák

Head of the Division of Equal Treatment
Public Defender of Rights, Czech Republic


Sylwia Spurek

Deputy Human Rights Commissioner (responsible for equal treatment issues)
Commissioner for Human Rights, Poland




(out of which to select a maximum of 2 candidates)


Jasminka Dzumhur

Human Rights Ombudsman, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Kalliopi Lykovardi

Deputy Ombudsman for Equal Treatment
Greek Ombudsman, Greece


Tena Šimonović Einwalter

Deputy Ombudswoman
Office of the Ombudswoman, Croatia


External publications

Slovenia: Fully independent national equality body has been set up

The Council of Europe’s Anti-racism Commission (the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance – ECRI) in a new report concludes that Slovenia satisfactorily implemented two out of three recommendations made in its last country monitoring report for priority implementation within two years.

External publications

Montenegro: Progress on situation of Roma and fighting hate crimes

A new 2012-2017 report on Montenegro published by the Council of Europe’s Anti-racism Commission commends the authorities for strengthening protection against hate crimes, empowering the Ombudsman and improving the situation of Roma. Yet, LGBT persons are still targets of violence, Roma remain at risk of social exclusion and segregation, and no reliable data on hate crimes exists.

Equality Bodies

Latvia: Translation of Equal Pay Handbook recommended to legal professionals

The Ombudsman of Latvia translated the Equinet Handbook “How to build a case on equal pay” into Latvian. Drafted by Equinet’s Gender equality working group, the handbook was distributed to legal practitioners and legal magazines in Latvia.

Members' Publications

Croatia: Every fifth person discriminated against, stereotypes on Roma prevailing

1 in 5 people in Croatia have been discriminated against at least once in the last five years, most frequently in employment and health care. However, 68% of them did not seek help, as they thought that this would not change their situation or that it would worsen. These are some of the results of the “Survey on Attitudes and Level of Awareness on Forms of Discrimination“, which the Office of the Ombudswoman presented on 11 September 2017 in the European House.