On 1 October 2018, the International Day of Older Persons, a 70 day-campaign on Ageing was launched by AGE Platform Europe together with the support of partner organisations. Equinet contributed to the campaign by writing an article authored by Tamás Kádár, our Head of Legal and Policy team, focusing on intergenerational solidarity and how ageism is experienced by both young and old people.
In 2018, the European Commission will be marking the European Equal Pay Day again on 3 November. The European Commission marks this day to draw attention to the gender pay gap, and its underlying causes, including the ones linked to work-life balance.
On 26 October 2018, to highlight the importance of the Equal Pay day, the European Commission launched useful data, and a statement made by Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission, Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, and Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility.
On the occasion of this year’s Intersex Awareness Day, IGLYO is proud to launch “Supporting your intersex child”, a toolkit for parents, carers, relatives and siblings of intersex children, written in collaboration with OII Europe and the European Parents’ Association (EPA).
The European Parliament is concerned by the increasing normalisation of fascism, racism and xenophobia and calls on EU member states to ban neo-fascist and neo-Nazi groups.
In a resolution passed with 355 votes to 90 and 39 abstentions, MEPs denounce that the lack of serious action against these groups has enabled the current xenophobic surge in Europe.
On 25 October, the Commission launched ‘Is Britain Fairer?’ (IBF), ‘Is Scotland Fairer?’ (ISF) and ‘Is Wales Fairer?’ (IWF) reports.
Is Britain Fairer? is a three-yearly project to review of the state of equality and human rights in England, Scotland and Wales. The reports examine six areas of everyday life to assess progress towards a fairer Britain over the last three years, highlighting trends, emerging issues and the action that needs to be taken now to improve the life chances of the next generation. The reports are available below:
“Blaming the victim means supporting the offender”, says the posters all around Vilnius, Kaunas and other Lithuanian cities. “Palaikyk” (“Support”) is the name of a new public service ad by the Office of Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson. The campaign strives to inspire the society to support women who open up about the experience of abuse and violence.
Equinet and member equality bodies participated in the Fundamental Rights Agency’s bi-annual Fundamental Rights Forum (FRF) in Vienna from 25-27 September 2018. The FRF is a unique space for dialogue on the pressing human rights challenges in the EU, and offers an opportunity to engage in new conversations and shape critical human rights agendas.
The expert opinion prepared for the Federal Antidiscrimination Agency (FADA) sets out to identify the discrimination-relevant questions and categories included in representative repeat surveys conducted across Germany. It covers both cross-thematic surveys (such as microcensus, socio-economic panel – SOEP) and major area- and target group specific surveys (such as the German ageing survey “Deutscher Alterssurvey”). Based on these data, it evaluates existing Approaches and flags data gaps. Finally, the expert opinion formulates recommendations specifying the ways in which discrimination reporting should be developed further to match the scope of protection enshrined in the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG).
As a very modern human rights catalogue containing many rights not found in established bills of rights, the Charter indeed looks good on paper. Those familiar with the main principles of EU law can usually quickly recite that the Charter is always binding on the EU, and binding on Member States only when they are “implementing EU law”. But what does this often-quoted language from Article 51 of the Charter actually mean?
The OSCE high-level conference took place in Rome on 22 October and was an opportunity to discuss good practices related to addressing racism, xenophobia, gender, anti-Semitism and intolerance against Muslims, Christians and members of other religions, as well as challenges related to discriminatory practices, which continue to be a concern across the OSCE region.
Tena Šimonović Einwalter, Equinet Chair, represented the Network on panel discussing “”Intolerance and discrimination, with a focus on discrimination based on religion or belief”.