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Equinet Members' Bulletin
Network Updates

February 2017

Dear Equinet Members,
 
This Members’ Bulletin gathers the main Equinet internal updates, with a view to 
provide you with a clearer overview of Equinet activities. We very much hope it will be useful in your day-to-day work and we would be grateful if you could disseminate it among your colleagues. Your feedback is also greatly appreciated.

Should you have any comments or further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jessica Machacova, Equinet
Membership and Policy Officer (Jessica.machacova@equineteurope.org / 0032 2 212 31 80).
Equinet Updates

Call for proposals: An Equinet paper on the evolution of the mandates and resources of equality bodies


Deadline: Tuesday 2nd May


Equinet is commissioning a research paper on the evolution of the mandates and resources of equality bodies over the past decade. The planned research will aim to elucidate how the mandates and resources of national equality bodies have developed, and if possible correlative relationships can be found between them.

As the research will address both budgets and mandates and require some statistical analysis, we were hoping for your help in disseminating this call among eligible researchers that may find the research project interesting.

The details of the call and the terms of reference are available here.
Equinet contact person: Katrine Steinfeld, Policy Officer
katrine.steinfeld@equineteurope.org – Tel: 0032 2 212 31 85

What are equality bodies?


Download the updated Equinet brochure

 

What are equality bodies? Why do we need equality bodies? What challenges do equality bodies face? This brochure aims to raise awareness about 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 work of stakeholders in their daily work.

The work of the European network of equality bodies is also outlined. The network promotes equality in Europe by supporting and enabling the work of equality bodies to be independent and effective as valuable catalysts formore equal societies.

A useful list of Equinet members and the grounds of discrimination covered per country is also available.


Download the brochure here
Equinet contact person: Sarah Cooke O’Dowd, Communication Officer
sarah.cookeodowd@equineteurope.org – Tel: 0032 2 212 31 84

First meeting of the Equinet Project on Violence against Women


Wednesday 22nd March, Budapest, Hungary


This year, Equinet is launching a project on violence against women and gender-based violence.  The project will explore ways of working with discrimination based on gender and violence against women and gender-based violence. 

The first meeting of the project will take place on Wednesday 22nd March.
It will be hosted by the Hungarian Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights in Budapest, Hungary.

The first meeting will aim to: 
  • Explore experiences of national equality bodies in working with violence against women and gender based violence in an anti-discrimination perspective, including sharing good practices,
  • Build capacity on working with the Istanbul Convention and GREVIO,
  • Define project outcomes and work processes between meetings.
The meeting of the Working Group Gender Equality will take place the day after in the same venue. 

Register to the meeting here by Thursday 2nd March.
Download the agenda of the meeting here.
Equinet contact person: Katrine Steinfeld, Policy Officer
katrine.steinfeld@equineteurope.org – Tel: 0032 2 212 31 85

Equinet Working Paper on Developing Standards for Equality Bodies


Toolbox for Equinet members, Social Media Kit and call for translation


In June 2016, Equinet officially launched its working paper on developing standards for equality bodies. This is the result of discussions that took place in the framework of the Equinet Cluster on Standards in 2015, as well as contributions and comments provided by Equinet members.
 
It seeks to establish positions that equality bodies could promote, negotiate and advance vis-à-vis European and national administrations in the establishment of standards for equality bodies at European level and their implementation at national level.


Toolbox for Equinet members & Social media kit


On Monday 16th January, an email was sent to all heads of equality bodies and Equinet contact persons. This communication aims to encourage Equinet members and suggest guidelines for promoting the Working Paper and its content. In particular, two documents were sent:

Translation

 
The Working Paper is now available in English, French, Czech, Dutch, German, Serbian and Slovak. If your organisation would consider its translation it in your national language, please get in touch with Tamás Kádár, Head of Legal and Policy (tamas.kadar@equineteurope.org).
 
Read and download the Working Paper in English, French, Czech, Dutch, German, Serbian and Slovak here
Equinet contact person: Tamás Kádár, Head of Legal and Policy
tamas.kadar@equineteurope.org – Tel: 0032 2 212 31 83

Equinet Working Groups


Updates



Working Group on Communication Strategies and Practices

  • The next meeting will be held on 21st March in Vienna, Austria.
  • Topics for discussion include: theme management and crisis communication, values based communication, partnerships for equality.
Equinet contact person: Sarah Cooke O’Dowd, Communication Officer
sarah.cookeodowd@equineteurope.org – Tel: 0032 2 212 31 84
 
 

Working Group Equality Law

  • More information about the next meeting will be sent in due time to the Working Group members. 
Equinet contact person: Tamás Kádár, Head of Legal and Policy
tamas.kadar@equineteurope.org – Tel: 0032 2 212 31 83
 

Working Group Gender Equality

  • The next meeting will be held on 23rd March in Budapest, Hungary
Equinet contact person: Katrine Steinfeld, Policy Officer
katrine.steinfeld@equineteurope.org – Tel: 0032 2 212 31 85
 

Working Group Policy Formation

  • The next meeting will be held on 1st March in Brussels, Belgium.
  • It will focus on the preparation of the Factsheet on equality bodies contributing to the European Commission List of Actions
  • Members will also discuss the upcoming Equinet conference on the inclusion of migrants
 
Equinet contact person: Jessica Machacova, Membership & Policy Officer
jessica.machacova@equineteurope.org – Tel: 0032 2 212 31 80
 

Cooperation Platforms involving Equinet - Council of Europe - ENNHRI - European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)


Updates









Cooperation Platform on Advancing Social and Economic Rights

  • The next meeting will be held on 28th March in Strasbourg, France
 
Equinet contact person: Katrine Steinfeld, Policy Officer
katrine.steinfeld@equineteurope.org – Tel: 0032 2 212 31 85

 
 

 Save the date
Next Equinet Meetings 


MARCH

APRIL


MAY
  • 3: Strategic Meeting on Standards (on invitation) (Brussels, Belgium)
  • 4: Conference - Positive Duties (Brussels, Belgium)

OCTOBER
  • 10: Conference and celebrations – Equinet 10th anniversary (Brussels, Belgium)
  • 11: Annual General Meeting and Board Elections (Brussels, Belgium)
Equinet Members
If you need the feedback of Equinet members on specific questions, or if you would like to share updates with them regarding your work, please contact Jessica Machacova, Equinet Membership and Policy Officer (Jessica.machacova@equineteurope.org).
Requests from Equinet Members

Croatia - Ombudsperson for Gender Equality


Gender stereotypes & school workbooks


The Croatian Ombudsperson for Gender Equality is currently working on a complaint in relation with the school textbook "Smileys 2", which is used in primary school in Croatia, but also, in 8 other EU countries (Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, Italy and Portugal). 

The textbook and its associated workbook 
contain questionable representation of women and their status in the family life. Examples are available here, here and here

The Ombudsperson for Gender Equality would like to consult
Equinet members on the following questions: 

1/ Do you find that distribution of household chores between male and female members of the family, especially mother and father, in graphic contents, is representing gender stereotypes? 
2/ Do the textbook and the workbook "Smileys 2" have ministerial approvals are they used in schools in your country? 
3/ If so, do they have identical graphic contents as the ones in
attachment
4/ Have you ever received any complaints on the textbook and the workbook "Smileys 2"?

Please send your replies as soon as possible to ravnopravnost@prs.hr

Greece - Greek Ombudsman


Calls for Partners - EU project on Roma and LGBTI discrimination


The Greek Ombudsman is planning to submit a project proposal to a European Commission call for proposals for action grants to support national or transnational projects on non-discrimination. The project will focus on discrimination against Roma people and on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity

The planned activities include for instance: 
  • Cooperation with LGBT and Roma civil society organizations;
  • Design and implementation of training activities to public servants;
  • Run awareness raising activities;
  • Organise an international workshop. 
The Greek Ombudsman is looking for other equality bodies to partner up. The deadline for submitting the project proposal is 21st March. Should you be interesting in the project, please contact Dimitris Veremis (veremis@synigoros.gr) as soon as possible. 
Updates from Equinet Members

Belgium - Unia (Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities)


Awareness raising brochure on reasonable accommodation in the workplace


In February 2017, Unia published an awareness raising brochure on reasonable accommodation in the workplace. This tool targets persons with disabilities but also, employers, trade unions and other related stakeholders. 

The brochure is available in French, German and Dutch
More information in English about the work of Unia on disability is available here

Great Britain - Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)


EHRC Guide on the British Prevent duty, equality and human rights


The EHRC just published a guide to help universities in England use their equality and human rights duties to deliver their Prevent duty in a proportional and fair way. 

The Prevent duty has been in place since 2015. It requires that public authorities such as universities put systems in place to identify, challenge and address extremism in order to help prevent vulnerable staff and students from being drawn into terrorism.

The guide is available on the EHRC website

Hungary - Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights


Recent press releases


The Hungarian Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights recently published 3 press releases:
Requests from external stakeholders

Reporting on the implementation of the Council recommendation on effective Roma integration measures


Deadline: 20th March

 
The European Commission contacted all Equinet member equality bodies in order to ask for their help in the yearly reporting exercise on Roma Integration Measures in the Member States, under the December 2013 Council recommendation on effective Roma integration measures
 
The Council Recommendation refers to measures for the promotion of the practical enforcement of Directive 2000/43/EC on Racial Equality and to strengthening the role of the Equality bodies. Therefore, the European Commission would like to involve equality bodies directly in the reporting exercise in cooperation with Equinet.
 
Please provide your assessment (in English) by 20 March 2017 via the online reporting tool accessible at this link: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/roma/
 
When you connect for the first time, you will need to create an EU login password and write to JUST-ROMA-REPORTING-TOOL@ec.europa.eu.
If you have any questions (substance or technical), please write to JUST-ROMA-REPORTING-TOOL@ec.europa.eu
 
The European Commission is counting on your cooperation and will welcome suggestions for improving the questionnaire.

European Commission - Call for Proposals - Action grants to support national or transnational projects on non-discrimination


Deadline: 21st March


In this call, the Commission wishes to support activities which tackle at least one of the following groups at risk of discrimination: racial or ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, older/younger people, religious minorities and LGBTI people. With over 2 Million euros dedicated to the latter, particular priority will be given to awareness raising and dissemination projects in the Member States with particular needs and lower levels of social acceptance of LGBTI people.
 
Cooperation of national authorities, equality bodies and non-governmental organisations is strongly encouraged!

More information is available here.
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