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Equinet is recruiting a new Communications Officer 

Equinet seeks to recruit a Communications Officer to provide effective communications and information services to Equinet’s members on issues relevant to the European equal treatment and non-discrimination agenda, and to support and contribute to the work of the Brussels-based Equinet Secretariat.

The Communications Officer will be responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of an overall Equinet communications strategy aimed at:

  • raising the visibility of the organization and its members / national equality bodies
  • ensuring an effective external communication with EU institutions, key stakeholders and contacts across Europe
  • supporting effective internal network communication.

The responsibilities of the Communications Officer include managing the production and dissemination of all Equinet communication tools (e.g. publications, website, e-newsletters), coordinating the Equinet Working Group on Communications (together with its Moderator), as well as to ensure the professional implementation of the overall communications strategy of Equinet.

The deadline for applications has been set to Monday 3 November 2014 (12.00 noon CET). Full application package and instructions can be found on our website (

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Equality bodies and the Gender Goods and Services Directive
This Equinet Report on the Application of Directive 2004/113/EC touches upon an area which is less known and often newer for equality bodies working on gender equality: access to and supply of goods and services.

The report shows that in order to ensure the effective implementation on the ground, there is a need for equality bodies to have a mandate and for these bodies to be independent and effective.

It also suggests some areas for improvement of the legal framework, based on the experience of equality bodies.

The equality bodies surveyed for the report have also highlighted the need to raise awareness and knowledge about this Directive (in the public arena but also in the courts) in order for the principle of equal treatment between men and women in the access to and supply of goods and services to become a reality.

To read the key findings of the report and download its full version, visit our website (
Equality bodies in a nutshell - new information kit available

Following the 10th September 2014 roundtable event at the European Parliament, it is a great pleasure for Equinet to publish our new information kit on equality bodies for Members of the European Parliament.

This tool aims at raising awareness on the role of and challenges faced by equality bodies at national and EU level, but also, on the way they can cooperate and bring added value to the role of Members of the European Parliament in their daily work.

Indeed, Members of the European Parliament play a key role in strengthening the legislative framework through which the Union must secure equal rights of all citizens and gives valuable tools to Member States to promote equality and combat discrimination. Among these tools, national equality bodies play a fundamental role and are important and reliable partners on these issues.

In this information kit, we presented therein information on the role of equality bodies and how they can help and contribute to the work of the European Parliament. On the back side of the kit, we listed contacts of national equality bodies and the grounds of discrimination which they have competence to address.

Read more and download the kit on our
website (

Contributions from the Equinet legal training on positive action measures are now online

EU equal treatment legislation on all discrimination grounds allows Member States to introduce positive action measures in order to ‘ensure full equality in practice’. However, the limits, the legality and the effectiveness of such measures are often debated in practice.

The following key topics were addressed at the training:

  • Legal framework, case law and preconditions – what is and what isn’t positive action?
  • Making the case for the use of positive action and improving the take up of such measures
  • Good practice examples – positive action measures that work
  • Ensuring and evaluating the effectiveness of positive action

All presentations and speakers' contributions are available on our website (
Contributions from the Equinet training event on harassment on the basis of gender and sexual harassment are now online

The training explored effective approaches and activities equality bodies can put in place to:
  • Have a clear identification of the prevalence of harassment and sexual harassment (H&SH) on the basis of gender and the underlying dynamics
  • Support employers, providers of goods and services and education institutions put in place procedures avoiding harassment and sexual harassment
  • Support a culture of rights which recognises and refuses harassment and sexual harassment.

All presentations and speakers' contributions are available on our website (

Equinet's Working Group on Gender Equality is currently working on a report based on the training event and its topic, to be published in December 2014.

A summary of the Equinet summer training event on LGBTI issues is also now available on our website (
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