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Equinet Newsbook - July/August 2016

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Equinet Annual General Meeting 2016

Annual General Meeting: The General Assembly of Equinet Members will meet in Brussels on 29-30 September for the 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM). This will bring senior management representatives from Equinet member national equality bodies together with high-level EU representatives.
The 2016 AGM will focus on our work on standards for equality bodies, as well as the Workplan for 2017.  Read more...


Past Equinet Events

Disability: Accessibility and Reasonable Accomodation seminar summary now availablel. Read more...

External Events

Ethnic origin/sexual orientation: The "HELP in the 28" Programme organised an European Seminar on the "Fight against racism, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia", in collaboration with the Spanish School for the Judiciary in Barcelona on 26 and 27 July.
The objective of the Seminar was to analyse the phenomena of racism, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia in Europe as well as the most effective legal ways to prevent and prosecute crimes related to these. Read more...

Members News

Hungary: Commissioner for Fundamental Rights publishes Annual Report 2015


Annual Report: The Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights recently published the 2015 Annual Report, which also reports on the activities carried by the Ombudsman for the Rights of National Minorities.  Read more...

Denmark: Annual Report 2015 & Gender Equality case


Annual Report: The Danish Institute for Equal Rights released its annual report for 2015, where they express concern that the “weakest members of society were ignored in 2015”. They find that homelessness is on the rise with a 26% increase over the past six years, and express concern that Danish laws still provide for the possibility to place underage children under solitary confinement for up to 28 days, despite the fact that the the UN has recommended that this be abolished on several occasions. Read more...

Gender Equality: The institute has for the first time brought a case to the Equal Treatment Authority on gender equality, addressing the fact that Danish laws prohibit male pedagogues from changing diapers and going to the bathroom with children by themselves. The institute is using its recently acquired power to bring matters of principle before the state authorities without having to have a concrete complainant. Read more...

UK: EHRC calls for a full-scale review of the UK's hate crime strategy 


Hate crime: A full-scale review of the UK’s hate crime laws and strategies is needed as part of a new national drive to defeat the dramatic rise in race hate crime in recent weeks, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said.
In a major report to the UN on racial discrimination, the Commission makes a series of recommendations to the UK government to tackle hate crime and lead a national effort to defeat those who seek to legitimise and spread hate. 
The Commission has also released a report on the causes and perpetration of hate crime in Great Britain, based on the five protected characteristics covered by current hate crime law: disability, gender reassignment, race, religion, sexual orientation. Read more...

EU News

European Commission


Gender Equality: The European Commission has launched a second-stage consultation with social partner organisations at European level. The aim of the consultation is to seek their views on how to reduce obstacles to women's participation in the labour market, by improving work-life balance and possibilities for women and men to make use of their rights more equally. Read more...

European Parliament


Gender Equality: This assessment by the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality aims at investigating gender differences across EGF interventions. By adopting gender budgeting principles, the analysis shows that there are at least four factors resulting in different treatment of men and women in the implementation of the fund: a more frequent implementation of the EGF in male-dominated sectors based on the fact that the impact of the crisis by sectors is not gender neutral, the size of the firms involved in the interventions, and the prevailing productive structure by sectors.  Read more...

Council of Europe


Migrant Integration: This Issue Paper prepared for the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights aims to spark the debate on getting integration right by reviewing available, legally binding Council of Europe and EU standards and the needs in key areas of integration: family reunion, long-term residence, language and integration courses, access to employment and services and democratic inclusion through political rights and citizenship.  Read more...

European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)


Hate Speech: FRA attended a conference entitled “Hate Speech and the role of Civil Society” on 12 July in Sofia. FRA contributed to discussions by drawing on its Compendium of good practices for tackling Hate Crime, focusing particularly on practices that combat hate speech and the current situation regarding hate crime legislation at the EU level. FRA also met with the Bulgarian Equality Body – “Commission for Protection against Discrimination”, the FRA Management Board member from Bulgaria – Dr. Krassimir Kanev, and the Deputy Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria in order to explore opportunities for future cooperation. Read more...

European Women on Boards (EWoB)

 
Gender Equality: European Women on Boards (EWoB) has published two reports (Realizing Europe’s Potential: Progress and Challenges and Realising Europe’s Potential: Experiences and Best Practices) which examine the progress, challenges and best practice regarding women on the Boards of the 600 largest European-listed companies. Read more...

European Youth Forum


Age:
 The European Youth Forum has published a policy paper on Equality and Non-Discrimination, “which integrates the norms, standards and principles of the international human rights system into the development, implementation and evaluation of youth policy”. Read more...

European Court of Human Rights


Factsheets: The Press Service has compiled factsheets by theme on the Court’s case-law and pending cases. These cover grounds within prohibition of discrimiation (gender equality, gender identity, Roma and Travellers, sexual orientation) as well as a wide range of other useful and interesting topics. Factsheets are available in a variety of languages. Read more...

Business Europe


Business Diversity: : Business Europe released their report ‘Diversity is good for business’ which showcases concrete examples by member federations or companies in the field of diversity that have already brought tangible results. Read more...
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