Dublin, 22 March 2018: Today, Equinet – European Network of Equality Bodies and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission are hosting the conference Poverty and discrimination: two sides of the same coin in Dublin.
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.
In the report Harassment on the basis of Gender and Sexual Harassment (2014), national equality bodies flag the need to build a culture of rights to ensure that the rights we have on paper according to EU and national law become a reality on the ground.
On 17th and 18th October 2017, the UN Office for Human Rights (OHCHR), the International Disability Alliance (IDA), the European Disability Forum (EDF) and Equinet co-organised a technical workshop on engaging with the UNCRPD Committee.
The Equinet network, and in particular its work on standards for equality bodies, was presented to Member State representatives this week, at the European Commission’s High Level Group on Non-discrimination, Equality and Diversity.
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MEP Claude Moraes and Evelyn Collins, former Equinet Chair and Chief Executive of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, launched a joint press release on the occasion of the event.
Press Release Brexit 09.10
They express their concern about what will happen to equality laws in the UK after it exits the EU, and recall the need to mainstream the issues of equality and non-discrimination throughout the Brexit negotiation talks.
For more information
- Independent, 15th October 2017: [“EHRC] pushes for new British ‘right to equality’ to stop Brexit leading to more discrimination”
- Article authored by MEP Claude Moraes in the Guardian, 11th October 2017: “Brexit will be a betrayal of the UK’s fight for equality”
“Equinet, European Network of Equality Bodies, provides a key platform for peer support among equality bodies and for identifying and communicating the policy lessons from our work. Equinet has achieved much in its first 10 years and can point to a valued contribution to advancing equality in Europe. It is well placed to continue this contribution at a time when our ambitions for equality are being sorely tested across Europe.” – Evelyn Collins, Chair of Equinet Executive Board
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.
On 6-7 September Equinet Chair Evelyn Collins visited Brussels for a range of meetings with Equinet’s European stakeholders.
In 2017, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities started the drafting process of the General Comment on the article 5 of the Convention (Equality and Non-Discrimination). Equinet contributed by preparing a written submission to the outline of the General Comment.