UK: Supreme Court rules wheelchair spaces on buses must have priority
Disability: In a recent judgement from the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, the court found that bus companies must end discriminatory ‘first come, first served’ policies, and do more to give priority to wheelchair users. Bus companies should have clear policies in place, and give training to drivers to remove the barriers wheelchair users face when using buses. Read more..
Norway: Tighter gender roles threaten equality
Gender Equality: The Norwegian Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud has recently published a report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). In the report, the Ombud describes the main equality challenges in Norway, including harassment, violence, digital violence and rape. One of the main focuses of the report is how stereotypes and narrow gender roles affect the realisation of fundamental rights for women and girls. Read more..
Germany: Survey on discrimination against homosexual and bisexual persons
Sexual Orientation: In 2017, the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA) in Germany will focus on raising awareness about the rights of LGBT people in their campaign ‘Equal Rights for every Love'. FADA recently published the preliminary results of a survey focusing on the perceptions of mainstream society in relation to homosexual and bisexual people. The full survey results will be available in spring 2017. Read more..
Latvia: Research on accessibility of higher education institutions for people with disabilities
Disability: The Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Latvia has conducted a survey in order to evaluate the accessibility of higher education for persons with disabilities.
The Ombudsman's Office organised a related conference on the issue of accessibility for inclusive education, as well as an award ceremony for non-governmental organizations that support people with disabilities. Read more..