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Communication Strategies and Practices

Relevant Information about the Working Group on Communication

The working group is mandated to explore how national equality bodies can share information on and enhance their strategic approach to communication activities and build capacity in this area. This working group will serve as a platform for discussion, reflection and action on the effective development of communication strategies and activities by equality bodies. It will focus on the work of members in raising awareness of equality, rights and obligations among the general public and the groups experiencing discrimination.

Moderator

Mintautė Jurkutė from the Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson, Lithuania
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Ana Tretinjak from the Office of the Ombudswoman, Croatia (on maternity leave in 2019)
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Staff support in the Equinet Secretariat

Sarah Cooke O’Dowd, Communication Officer
sarah.cookeodowd@equineteurope.org

Members’ Contacts

contacts_2019.xlsx


2019

1st Meeting – Sofia, March 2019

Agenda – 13 March 2019
Participants, Sofia, March 2019
Summary of meeting

***Presentations

Hope-based communication:

  • Presentation
  • https://www.openglobalrights.org/hope-guide/
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFAMpW0hPNY&list=PLL_jJbfWdlOdZRf88x5tW6PldnwCALala

Cyprus

Finland – Monday morning

  • Presentation
  • https://www.facebook.com/maanantaikuuluukaikille/
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mGcb3AgSos

Germany

Ireland

Latvia

Norway

  • Female Fire Fighters – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5Mq1gLtJ60
  • Male nurses – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKVkd9etLHw

UK – Great Britain

2018

  • Organise thematic meetings on topical communication challenges that are presented by an expert (internal or external depending on the topic). The group will get to ask questions, identify the values-based messages and work together to develop responses to the challenges.
  • Following on from work that we did in 2017 on values and combating online negativity, the Working Group will have a practical session on how to combat hate through positive narratives.
  • Develop recommendations on how to set the agenda on equality and non-discrimination during campaigning periods in the run up to elections.
  • Support the organisation of the Seminar on Hate Speech from the point of view of Equality Bodies

2nd Meeting – Budapest, September 2018

Summary & Participants List – Budapest


**Presentations

Presentation – Victims’ Stories

Lilly Korpiola: Strategic Narratives in a Media Society

1st Meeting – Vilnius, March 2018

Summary (including agenda & participants list)

**Presentations

**Additional information

2017

  • Organise thematic meetings on topical communication challenges that are presented by an expert (internal or external depending on the topic). The group will get to ask questions, identify the values-based messages and work together to develop responses to the challenges.
  • Contribute to the development of a Communication Toolkit on Valuing Equality. Following on from the 2012 report on Valuing Equality, the WG members will work together with experts who will undertake in-depth research into the framing of the actual communications that equality bodies use. The final objective is to develop an accessible toolkit for communicators in equality bodies for analysing and designing their own communications with values in mind. This aims to give organisations a set of practical tools that can be adapted to their own contexts, and examples of best practice.
  • Support preparation for a second training session on Social Media for Equality bodies with practical examples.
  • Continue to develop the Project Library (formerly known as Media Library) internally and externally so as to provide members with concrete examples of how to develop communication actions, as well as promoting the members’ actions to a wider audience.

2nd Meeting – Bucharest, November 2017

**Presentations

1st Meeting – Vienna, March 2017

  • Meeting Summary (includes agenda, list of participants, short summary and long summary)

**Presentations

2016

2nd Meeting – Bratislava, November 2016

**Presentations

1st Meeting – Nicosia, March 2016

**Presentations

**Additional information requested at meeting

2015

2nd Meeting – Berlin, November 2015

**Presentations

**Additional information requested at meeting

1st Meeting – Brussels, May 2015

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External publications

Sweden: Racist and xenophobic hate speech on the rise despite considerable preventive efforts

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) today published its fifth report on Sweden in which it analyses legislatives issues, racist and homo-/transphobic hate speech and violence as well as integration policies. In the report, ECRI makes recommendations to the authorities (see also the Swedish version of the report).

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External publications

Spain should create a strong equality body and improve education of Roma and migrants

In a report published today, the Council of Europe Anti-racism Commission ECRI calls on the Spanish authorities to create a strong independent equality body, to adopt new comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation and to improve the education of Roma and migrant children. The report also acknowledges significant progress in a number of areas.

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New general policy guidelines on strengthening equality bodies to combat discrimination and intolerance

To better protect people exposed to discrimination, states should step up the efficiency, independence and impact of equality bodies, says the Council of Europe’s anti-racism Commission in a new set of recommendations to the European governments published today.

Equinet warmly welcomes these recommendations to strengthen the independence, effectiveness, functions and powers of equality bodies which will result in more equal societies for all.

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External publications

Oppression Squared: D/deaf and disabled trans experience in Europe

On 5 February 2018, Transgender Europe launched their latest report: “Oppression Squared: D/deaf and disabled trans experience in Europe” during a webinar, highlighting the various challenges that D/deaf and disabled trans people face in accessing their human rights and the barriers they experience in attempting to engage with LGBTIQ organizations. In this regard, the report presents a valuable source for organizations, including equality bodies, in ensuring accessibility and inclusiveness of their work for human rights, equality and non-discrimination.

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External publications

IGLYO launches LGBTQI Inclusive Education Index and Report

IGLYO – The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Intersex (LGBTQI) Youth and Student Organisation launched the preliminary results of their LGBTQI Inclusive Education Index and Report at the European Parliament on 23 January 2018. The publications provide much needed qualitative data on areas such as laws, policies, teacher training, inclusive curricula to highlight both good practices and areas for development in each country and ensure that LGBTQI learners feel safe, supported and included within state educational institutions.

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Members' Publications

Belgian Diversity Barometer: Education

Unia commissioned a study on equal opportunities in schools in the three communities across Belgium. The Education Diversity Barometer is the latest in a series of three studies, after the Employment (2012) and Housing (2014) Barometers.

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Europe

6 February: International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

According to the United Nations, globally, at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). In line with equality between women and men being one of the European Union’s founding values, the EU has identified combating against violence against women and girls, including ending Female Genital Mutilation, as one of its priorities in the Strategy for equality between women and men 2010-2015 & Strategic engagement for gender equality 2016-2019. Equinet, as a key partner of the European Commission, has a special role in promoting a uniform application of EU law in the field of non-discrimination and equal treatment of women and men, and many of its member national equality bodies have a mandate to work on gender equality at national level.