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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

For additional information on the Working Group, including a list of recent publications, please see the external section of the website on Working Groups.
You can explore more Equinet publications here, and order free hardcopies using this form.

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Policy Formation

Meeting II 2017 – Tuesday 19th September

Agenda

Agenda WG Policy Formation 19092017

Summary

Summary meeting II WG Policy Formation

Presentation of the study visit – Institutions with multiple mandates – A practical case

Office of the Ombudswoman – Presentation Study Visit

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Policy Formation

Meeting I 2017 – Wednesday 1st March

Agenda of the meeting



Agenda WG Policy Formation 01032017

Equinet LGBTI Factsheet



The concept note of the factsheet is available here:

Concept Note Equinet LGBTI Factsheet

The questionnaire (sent to Equinet members on 21st March) is available here:

Questionnaire LGBTI Factsheet

Equinet Migration Conference



An updated concept note and a draft agenda will be made available soon.

Summary of the meeting



Summary WG Policy Formation 01032017

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Communication Strategies and Practices

The Public Profile of Equality Bodies: An Equinet Report (internal version)

This is a publication of Equinet’s Working Group on Communication Strategies and Practices, prepared in 2013 based on the information, contributions and comments provided by members of the Working Group.

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Communication Strategies and Practices

Project Library – Good Practice Exchange of Communication Actions

What is the Equinet Project Library?

The Equinet Project Library is an online platform for public presentation of the communication work of national equality bodies. It will collect summary reports from equality bodies about their communication actions, including public campaigns, communications initiatives, video clips, posters and other materials developed by Equinet members or external actors.

Good Practice Exchange of Communication Actions

Found on the internal section of the Equinet website, the Forum for the Communications Working Group, aims to collect a detailed account of the communications action to make for easier good practice exchange for Equinet members. It should provide details of the whole communication action (including delicate information etc.) to make for clear good practices examples for communications colleagues. Being in the Forum section of the Equinet website, it will allow you to ask questions regarding the action and post your own actions.

How to Submit your Communication Actions?

You can post your Communication Action yourself by clicking on Write a new Message in the Forum > Working Groups > Communication Strategies and Practices.

Otherwise, it will be uploaded for you if you fill out this form.

In either case, please let me know that you have uploaded the communication action so that I can write up the external article for the Media Library section (sarah.cookeodowd@equineteurope.org).

In both cases, please include as much information as possible regarding your communications action in order to give your colleagues a complete overview of the action carried out, including:

  1. The title of the action
  2. The time frame of the campaign/project
  3. Geographic area
  4. Language(s) of the campaign
  5. Main organisation(s) involved in the running of the campaign, including collaborations with partners (e.g. civil society, governments)
  6. Contact person and function
  7. Description of the objective of the campaign/project (for public view in media library).
  8. Social context – identification of the needs for the campaign (e.g. inequality or discrimination of certain social group as shown in the work of equality bodies)
  9. Specification of the target audience
  10. Technical requirements
  11. Source(s) of funding, any sponsorship included and the cost of the action, including hours spent
  12. Values communicated
  13. Information about the copy-right (if any)
  14. Dissemination channels (media, social event, media campaign)
  15. Major challenges encountered and how they were overcome
  16. Evaluation: identifying the outcomes of campaigns
    – Public perception (reactions/feedbacks from the general public; media coverage)
    – Perception of the target audience (reactions/feedbacks from the targeted group)
    – ‘Internal’ impact: impact on the work of the equality body
    – Policy impact: possible impact on national policies

Please enclose any materials (pictures, videos, other promotional material) and links that could be of use to your colleagues in developing their own versions of this action.

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Gender Equality

Gender Equality

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Relevant information about the working group

The working group Gender Related Issues is Equinet’s platform for staff members of equality bodies that are working on gender issues. It aims to enable discussion, reflection and action on the effective promotion of gender equality and to combat gender discrimination by equality bodies. The working group will initially consider the mapping exercise carried out by the Secretariat on the current initiatives at EU level in relation to gender equality with a view to establishing the particular added value Equinet can bring to this field of work.

Focus in 2018

  • Discuss the proposed Work-Life Balance Directive and its implications for equality bodies
  • Support the preparation of the seminar on dismissal protection for parents and carers, including pregnancy and motherhood related discrimination in the field of employment.
  • Discuss recent development in the field of trans* rights, which is characterized by a changing legal landscape. Working group members will map challenges and share good practices on how to address these in cooperation with external partners for the purposes of capacity building during one of the working group meetings in 2018. The bridging function of trans* rights, straddling both gender equality and LGBTI rights, will be addressed.
  • Support the discussions of the Policy Formation Working Group on hate speech by addressing sexist hate speech as a specific form of hate speech, mapping its characteristics and prevalence and considering intersecting forms of vulnerability to hate speech.
  • Ensure gender mainstreaming in the regular work and activities of Equinet.
  • Support dissemination, follow-up and use of previously published outputs of the Working Group, including the Handbook on Equal Pay and the report on Gender Equality in Education.

Focus in 2017

  • Publish a report on Gender Equality in Education, following the seminar on the same topic conducted in 2016.
  • Outline the experiences of equality bodies in combating discrimination in the workplace, and contribute to the preparation and organization of the Seminar ‘Breaking the glass ceiling: career progress and promotion patterns experienced by women.’
  • Prepare and conduct a training on How to Build a Case on Equal Pay, using the handbook prepared in 2016.
  • Participate in and contribute to the project on Combating Violence Against Women.


Meeting summaries


1st meeting – March 2017


23.03.2017_wg_meeting_budapest_notes.docx

2nd meeting – October 2017


equinet_meeting_notes_18.10.2017.docx

1st meeting – April 2016


gender_equality_working_group._1st_meeting_2016._meeting_minutes.docx

2nd meeting – November 2016


equinet._final_meeting_minutes._second_meeting_of_wg_gender._malta_2016.docx

1st meeting – May 2015


Meeting WG Gender Equality May 2015

2nd meeting – November 2015


Meeting WG Gender Equality Nov 2015

Current moderators:

Nathalie Schlenzka, Federal Anti-discrimination Agency in Germany
Nathalie.Schlenzka@ads.bund.de
Katarzyna Wilkolaska-Zuromska, Commissioner for Human Rights in Poland
k.wilkolaska@brpo.gov.pl

Staff support in the Equinet Secretariat:

Katrine Steinfeld, Policy Officer
Katrine.Steinfeld@equineteurope.org

Members and contacts:

WG Gender Equality Contacts 2017

For additional information on the Working Group, including a list of recent publications, please see the external section of the website on Working Groups.
You can explore more Equinet publications here, and order free hardcopies using this form.

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Equality Law in Practice

Equality Law in Practice

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Relevant information about the working group

The working group Equality Law in Practice is Equinet’s permanent platform for legal staff of equality bodies to exchange experience, share expertise and work to improve the level of legal protection from discrimination across the EU. The working group focuses on the interpretation of complex legal problems and a comparative analysis of EU and national legislation and jurisprudence in the field of equality and anti-discrimination law.

Focus in 2018

  • Discuss recent national and international case law on age discrimination, including the legal work of equality bodies on this ground. The discussions will have a specific focus on the question of retirement age and the related CJEU jurisprudence, but will also address other fields of life, such as goods and services, social protection and healthcare. Discussions will touch upon the role of other grounds intersecting with age as appropriate. Based on these discussions the Working Group will produce a report on age discrimination that will also inform the Equinet seminar on age discrimination.
  • Monitor cases communicated by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) to identify those that are directly relevant for equality and non-discrimination and the work of equality bodies. The Working Group will also contribute to preparing any third party interventions to the ECtHR on cases of high relevance relating to equality and non-discrimination.
  • Contribute to the preparation and organization of Equinet conferences and seminars with a legal focus.
  • Provide a platform for case workers of equality bodies to request information and advice from each other relating to specific cases.
  • Support dissemination, follow-up and use of previously published outputs of the Working Group, including the Discussion paper on Fighting Discrimination on the Ground of Race and Ethnic Origin and the report on freedom of religion and belief and religious discrimination.

Focus in 2017

  • National and international case law on discrimination on the basis of religion and belief, including the legal work of equality bodies on this ground. Based on discussions in the Working Group, the group will produce an update to its report ‘A question of faith? Religion and belief in Europe’ published in 2011.
  • Monitoring cases communicated by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) to identify those that are directly relevant for equality and non-discrimination and the work of equality bodies. The Working Group will also contribute to preparing any third party interventions to the ECtHR on cases of high relevance relating to equality and non-discrimination.
  • Further use of the Equinet Handbook on ‘How to build a case on equal pay’

Current moderators:

  • Veronika Bazalova, Office of the Public Defender of Rights (Czech Republic), bazalovav@ochrance.cz
  • Dora Bogardi, Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights (Hungary), bogardi.dora@ajbh.hu

2017

1st Meeting – Brussels, 10 May 2017

2nd Meeting – Athens, 10 November 2017

2016

1st Meeting – Brussels, March 2016

2nd Meeting – Riga, Latvia, September 2016


Staff support in the Equinet Secretariat:

Tamás Kádár, Head of Legal and Policy Team
Tamas.Kadar@equineteurope.org

Members and contacts:

WG Equality Law contacts 2016

For additional information on the Working Group, including a list of recent publications, please see the external section of the website on Working Groups.
You can explore more Equinet publications here, and order free hardcopies using this form.
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Policy Formation

Policy Formation

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Relevant information about the working group

The working group Policy Formation is Equinet’s primary platform enabling a constructive dialogue with EU institutions; a dialogue that supports policy formation at EU level to effectively promote equality, value diversity and tackle discrimination.

The working group supports the dialogue between Equinet and the EU institutions through the preparation of Equinet perspectives. These perspectives seek to inform current policy development within the EU institutions in the area of equality and non-discrimination and to contribute an equality dimension to policy being developed on other issues. Equinet perspectives are fact-based, developed from the work and experience of national equality bodies at Member State level.

Focus in 2018

  • Discuss and produce a Perspective on equality bodies addressing hate speech, including racist and sexist hate speech. The Perspective will build on the work and experience of equality bodies in this area.
  • Discuss and produce an output on a European topic and priority of relevance to be agreed with the Executive Board and Working Group members.
  • Support dissemination, follow-up and use of previously published outputs of the Working Group, including the Factsheet on equality bodies contributing to the List of Actions by the European Commission to advance LGBTI equality and the Perspective on the links between equality bodies and ombudspersons.

Focus in 2017

  • Discuss and contribute to the preparation of the conference Integration of migrants and refugees in Europe: the contribution of equality bodies, taking into account their experience at national level and the findings of the internal survey conducted by Equinet in 2016.
  • Discuss and produce a Factsheet on the List of Actions by the European Commission to advance LGBTI equality, taking into account their experience at national level and the learnings from the 2013 Equinet Perspective Equality Bodies promoting Equality and Non-Discrimination for LGBTI People.
  • Discuss and produce a report/perspective on a European topic and priority of relevance to be agreed with the Executive Board and Working Group members.
  • Support dissemination, follow-up and use of previously published Equinet publications, including on the work done by equality bodies on intersectionality from a gender equality perspective and on discrimination against youth people.


Current moderator:

Petr Polák, Head of Equal Treatment Division, Czech Public Defender of Rights & Equinet Board member

Staff support in the Equinet Secretariat:

Jessica Machacova, Membership and Policy Officer
Jessica.Machacova@equineteurope.org

Expert support:

Niall Crowley, Independent Expert

Members and contacts:

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For additional information on the Working Group, including a list of recent publications, please see the external section of the website on Working Groups.
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Working Groups

Working Groups

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In conjunction with the Equinet Forum (dedicated to discussions, updates and exchange of information), this section is designed to work as a “one stop shop” where members of the working groups can find most of the documents relevant for their work (agendas for meetings, draft documents, contacts, etc.).

Each group has its own dedicated webpage accessible from the overhead menu, while below you can find a brief explanation of how the groups work.


Overview

The Working Groups play a key role in the implementation of the Strategic Plan and Annual Work Plans of Equinet. The brief for each working group is set out in this Strategic Plan. The working groups are made up of staff drawn from the member bodies of Equinet.

The effective operation of the working groups is the responsibility of the moderator and working group participants, supported by the Secretariat. The activities to be implemented by the working groups are detailed in the Annual Work Plan of Equinet. Moderators of the working groups in cooperation with the Secretariat propose an annual work plan to the Board. This plan will specify objectives, activities, timelines, budgets and outputs for the working group. This is discussed and developed as necessary by the Board and presented for approval by the Annual General Meeting as part of the Annual Work Plan of Equinet.

The Executive Board, Secretariat and working group moderators ensure that the work plans identify and exploit possible synergies between working groups and that any duplication or incoherence is avoided.

The Secretariat reports on a regular basis to the Executive Board on the activities and overall progress of the working groups. The Secretariat communicates any decisions of the Executive Board made on the basis of these reports to the moderators.

Moderator: leads and guides the activities of the working group. The moderator is a member of staff of one of the member bodies and is appointed by the Board with the agreement of that member body; except for the Policy Formation Working Group where the moderator will be a member of the Board. The moderator has the appropriate skills to lead the group and to engage effectively with the issues that fall within the brief of the working group.

Working Group Members (Participants): Individual with the appropriate skills and knowledge to shape and implement the activities of a working group. Member equality bodies have the discretion to appoint suitable participants to contribute as active members of a given working group.

Current Equinet Working Groups

Equality Law in Practice
Communication Strategies and Practices
Policy Formation
Gender Equality
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