= Equinet Highlights
Strategic Plan 2015-2018
Equinet starts 2015 with a new Strategic Plan to lead the work of the European Network in the coming four-year period. The plan outlines our continued work on capacity-building and consolidation of the network and its members, as well as reinforcing our focus on contributing to the European Equality Agenda.
42 members in 32 countries
Combatting violence against women
In December, Equinet and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) provided a platform for exchange on the possible role for equality bodies in the eradication of violence against women.
- The EC has released new figures showing that the average share of women on the boards of the largest publicly listed companies across the EU has now reached 20.2%.
- A new study prepared for the European Commission suggests new methods to understand occupational gender segregation in European labour markets.
Court of Justice of the European Union
- A negative opinion has been delivered on the draft agreement on the accession of the European Union to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and identifies problems with regard to its compatibility with EU law.
- In its judgement in Cases C-148/13 to C-150/13, the CJEU has clarified the method by which national authorities may assess the credibility of the declared sexual orientation of applicants for asylum.
- In its judgment in Case C-354/13, the Court decided that obesity can constitute a ‘disability’ within the meaning of the Employment Equality Directive, although EU law does not lay down a general principle of non-discrimination on grounds of obesity as such.
European Court of Human Rights
- Emel Boyraz v. Turkey (application no. 61960/08): The ECHR held that the dismissal of a security officer because she was a woman was discriminatory, as there had been a violation of Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) in conjunction with Article 8 (right for respect to private and family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights).
- Cumhuriyetçi Eğitim Ve Kültür Merkezi Vakfi v. Turkey (application no. 32093/10): The ECHR found that the Alevi community sustained a difference in treatment without any objective or reasonable justification, and that the system for granting exemptions from payment of electricity bills for places of worship under Turkish law entailed discrimination on the ground of religion.