Equinet, the European Network of Equality Bodies, brings together 42 organizations from 32 European countries, which are empowered to counteract discrimination as national equality bodies across the range of grounds including age, disability, gender, race or ethnic origin, religion or belief, and sexual orientation.
This newsletter highlights some of the work from different members once a quarter, thus giving voice to the learning and expertise from equality bodies and their work implementing equal treatment legislation.
Cyprus: Office of the Commissioner for Administration (Ombudsman)
Reports: Discrimination in fields of goods&services and employment
The Ombudsman has issued three reports following examination of discrimination cases in the field of goods and services and employment. More specifically, racial/ethnic discrimination in telephone and internet services, age discrimination in employment and age discrimination in public subsidy for medical expenses.
Czech Republic: Office of the Defender of Public Rights
Investigation: Discrimination on the ground of age
The most frequently claimed grounds of discrimination in the scope of Defender of Public Rights´ agenda in the Czech Republic is age. Read about their most recent investigation in the field of employment here.
Recommendation to Parliament: Avoid discrimination by association
The Defender of Public Rights has recommended to the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament to add a paragraph to the Anti-Discrimination Act regarding discrimination by association. This would avoid less favourable treatment of a person for the reason that a person related to him/her may be potentially discriminated.
Denmark: Danish Institute for Human Rights
Recent activities and publications
Recent activities from the DIHR include a study about the gendered practices of Danish municipalities in informing parents about their children, a mapping on the discrimination of women in the workplace, launching an online platform for Human Rights Indicators for Business and supporting five complainants who filed a suit against the Danish state to regain their voting rights.
Germany: Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency
Meeting in support of the EU Horizontal Directive
The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA) recently organised an event in Berlin to raise awareness on the so-called Horizontal Directive and to call on the German Federal Government to take actions towards unblocking the Directive’s proposal in the EU Council. The resulting statement, which has Equinet's support, will be released shortly on the Equinet and FADA websites.
Hungary: Office of the Commission for Fundamental Rights
Investigation : violation of rights of Roma residents
'A' status accreditation granted by the ICC Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Latvia has received highest "A" status accreditation by the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions Sub-Committee on Accreditation. Compliance with "A" status confers rights to vote, to participate in the work and decision making of International Coordination Committee, as well as participate in the work of the UN Human Rights Council and other UN mechanisms.
Malta: National Commission for the Promotion of Equality
Online Directory - Women on Boards
The NCPE has recently launched an online Directory to give a platform to professional women and facilitate access to employers in order to identify women for appointment on boards at decision-making level.
NCPE has developed an Equality Mark Award, a tool for promoting and implementing equality practices among employers. So far, over 15.800 employers in Malta have been awarded with Equality Mark.
Sweden: Equality Ombudsman
Educating about the Roma and Sinti genocide: Seminarsummary available In April, the Ombudsman hosted an event on the practices within the OSCE region for educating about the Roma and Sinti genocide. The session on “Educating about the Roma and Sinti genocide – Learning from the past to challenge present discrimination and promote equality” brought together more than 60 representatives from civil society and state authorities from across the OSCE region to discuss how teaching about, researching on and recognizing the Roma and Sinti genocide can promote tolerance and non-discrimination in all segments of society.
The Equinet Media Library is an online platform that highlights the communication actions of national equality bodies across Europe