We regularly have our members take over our Twitter account @equineteurope in order for them to present their work on promoting equality and combatting discrimination in their country. We do this in order to highlight the work of Equinet and our members through a mix of experiences and opinions from across Europe. This week, it is the turn of our Serbian colleagues at the Commissioner for Protection of Equality (@ravnopravnostRS).
As part of the awareness raising campaign for the International Decade, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is organizing five regional meetings. Such meetings focus on trends, priorities and challenges at the national and regional levels to effectively implement the Decade’s Programme of Activities. The meetings are also an occasion to exchange good practices.
This second regional meeting on 23-24 November in Geneva provided an opportunity to reflect on ways and means that governments from Europe, Central Asia and North America in partnership with equality bodies, national human rights institutions, civil society, development agencies and regional organizations, may pursue to integrate the provisions of the Programmes of Activities in their policies, programmes and strategies tailored for people of African descent.
2017 has been designated by the European Commission as the year dedicated to combating violence against women. Many equality bodies are on the forefront of this work, carrying out projects aimed at developing and implementing practical and targeted information to combat violence against women, as well as awareness-raising and education activities. 25 November is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
The European Commission launched a Communication on 20 November 2017 to announce its Action Plan (2017-2019) tackling the gender pay gap. The launch coincided with the Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights, which this year focused on “Women’s rights in turbulent times”.
Between 2 May and 9 June 2017, researchers at Western University and the Belgian Institute for equality of women and men, in cooperation with its partners, conducted a national online survey on the impact of domestic violence on work, workers and in workplaces.
Approximately 28% of respondents reported having experienced domestic violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime (33.7% of women and 14.9% of men reported experiencing domestic violence in their life time.)
On 29th November 2017, The Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia in cooperation with the Organization of people with disabilities and their friends “APEIRONS” and National library of Latvia organizes their annual conference on the implementation of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
We regularly have our members take over our Twitter account @equineteurope in order for them to present their work on promoting equality and combatting discrimination in their country. We do this in order to highlight the work of Equinet and our members through a mix of experiences and opinions from across Europe. This week, it is the turn of our Portuguese colleagues at the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (@CIG75687895).
Events in 2018
|Seminar: Not on our Watch! Equality Bodies fighting Hate Speech, Rome, 19-21 November 2018|
|Seminar: Equality Bodies countering Ethnic Profiling, Brussels, 8-9 November 2018|
|Annual General Meeting, Brussels, 7 November 2018|
|Seminar: Dismissal Protection, Brussels, 17-18 October 2018|
|Training: Engagement of the article 33(2) Independent Monitoring Mechanisms with the UNCRPD Committee and DPOs, Riga, 3-4 October 2018|
|Seminar: Tackling Age Discrimination against Young People – Building Bridges between Equality Bodies & Youth Organisations, 27-28 June, Ljubliana|
|Conference on Investing in Equality, 1 June, Brussels|
|Conference on Poverty & Discrimination: Two sides of the same coin, 22 March, Dublin|
Events in 2017
|Inclusion of and discrimination against migrants in Europe, 7 December 2017, Brussels|
|Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Career Progress for Women, 13-14 November 2017, Tallinn|
|Annual General Meeting, 11 October 2017, Brussels|
|Equinet 10th Anniversary: Conference “Together for an Equal Europe” and Celebrations, 10 October, Brussels|
|End of a fruitful dialogue? Impact of Brexit on Equality and Anti-Discrimination in the EU and UK, 9 October, Brussels|
|How to build a case on equal pay, 31 August-1 September, Brno|
The potential of equality duties, 4 May 2017, Brussels
|Equality bodies tackling discrimination against persons with intellectual disabilities, Zagreb, 9-10 March 2017|
Events in 2016
|Diverse, Inclusive and Equal: Innovating at the intersections of gender equality – Brussels, 7 December 2016|
|Equality Bodies fighting discrimination based on race and ethnic origin – Budapest, Nov. 2016|
|Equinet Annual General Meeting – Brussels, 29-30 September 2016|
|The Work of Equality Bodies in Finland and Europe – Suomenlinna (Helsinki), 7 September 2016|
|Strengthening the effectiveness of European Equal Treatment Legislation – Brussels, 16 June 2016|
|Gender Equality in Education – Prague, May 2016|
|European Parliament Roundtable on ‘The Parenthood Penalty?’ – Brussels, April 2016|
|Accessibility and Reasonable Accommodation – Vienna, April 2016|
Events in 2015
|Equality bodies and the new Freedom of Movement Directive – Paris, Dec. 2015|
|A question of faith. Religion and belief in the work of equality bodies – London, Nov. 2015|
|Equinet Annual General Meeting – Brussels, 9 October 2015|
|EU Funds Training Session – Sofia, Sept. 2015|
|Work-life Balance and Pregnancy and Parenthood-Related Discrimination – Tallinn, July 2015|
|Charting the Charter: Equality Bodies and Fundamental Rights in the EU – Brussels, June 2015|
|Taking Action for Gender Equality – Brussels, March 2015|
Events in 2014
|2014 Annual General Meeting – Brussels, Dec. 2014|
|Equinet Legal Training on Positive Action Measures – Belgrade, Oct. 2014|
|Equality for all? National Equality Bodies and the European Parliament – Brussels, Sept. 2014|
|Training on LGBTI Issues – Stockholm, June 2014|
|Equinet High-level Seminar on Gender Equality – Brussels, April 2014|
Events in 2013
|Gender Equality Training Event on Equal Pay|
|Equinet High-Level Seminar on Gender Equality in the Labour Market the Role of Equality Bodies|
|2013 Equinet Legal Seminar: Application of the Race & General Framework Directives|
|Equinet Legal Training 2013|
Events in 2012
|2012 Annual General Meeting (photos by vivianhertz.be)|
|2nd WG Communications Meeting in 2012|
|2012 Equinet Training on Under-Reporting|
|2012 Equinet Legal Training on Alternative Dispute Resolution|
|2012 Legal Seminar on Discrimination cases in front of the European Courts and the role of NEBs|
Events in 2011
|2011 Annual General Meeting|
|2011 High-Level Meeting on "Realizing the Potential of Equality Bodies"|
|2011 Legal Training on the Conflicts of Rights|
|2011 Equinet Training on Effective Communication Strategies|
|2011 Legal Seminar on Legal Developments and Concepts|
Events in 2010
|2010 Annual General Meeting|
Events in 2009
|2009 Annual General Meeting|
Sixty years after the principle of equal pay for men and women for equal work or work of equal value was first laid down in Article 119 of the EEC Treaty (currently Article 157 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU), the EU today faces a gender pay gap that has remained constant at a relatively high level for decades. The most recent Eurostat data show an average figure of 16.3 % (for the year 2015) for the 28 EU Member States. Although there is a big difference between the countries with the lowestpay gap (Italy and Luxembourg, both with 5.5 % in 2015) and the country with the highest pay gap (Estonia, with 26.9 % in 2015), and although these figures represent the so-called ‘unadjusted’ gender pay gap (i.e. not adjusted according to individual characteristics that may explain part of the difference), there are signs that all over Europe sex-based pay discrimination remains a problem that should not be underestimated.
The text of this report was drafted by Petra Foubert, coordinated by Alexandra Timmer, Erin Jackson and Franka van Hoof for the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination.
This report by the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination aims to examine the current situation of the enforcement of non-discrimination law in Europe with regard specifically to Roma and their rights. The report is based on the professional assessment of 27 national non-discrimination experts of the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination, and covers all EU Member States, with the exception of Malta.