November 26, 2018

Belgium & the Netherlands: how can the government create an inclusive education system?

Finding inspiration and gathering ideas on inclusive education: that was the goal of the international conference on 8 and 9 October. For this two-day conference, Unia joined forces with the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights and received support from the OHCHR Regional Office in Brussels.
November 26, 2018

GREAT BRITAIN: Scotland to lead the way in LGBTI inclusive education

Scotland will become the first country in the world to have LGBTI inclusive education embedded in the curriculum, the Scottish Government has announced. The Government accepted all 33 recommendations by the LGBTI Inclusive Education Working Group, created to improve the learning experience for LGBTI young people, in full. Work to implement the recommendations will start immediately. The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Scottish Office was on the working group from the outset.
November 26, 2018

LATVIA: 21st century family requires appropriate legal framework

The 21st century family no longer relies solely on sexual or blood relations, but on how people choose their co-habitation. Marriage is not the only form of family. The Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia calls for a unified understanding of the concept and protection of the family included in the Constitution (Satversme) and to provide a legal framework for recognizing various forms of family in Latvia.
October 25, 2018

Great Britain: Equality and Human Rights Commission launches landmark Is Britain Fairer? 2018 report

On 25 October, the Commission launched ‘Is Britain Fairer?’ (IBF), ‘Is Scotland Fairer?’ (ISF) and ‘Is Wales Fairer?’ (IWF) reports. Is Britain Fairer? is a three-yearly project to review of the state of equality and human rights in England, Scotland and Wales. The reports examine six areas of everyday life to assess progress towards a fairer Britain over the last three years, highlighting trends, emerging issues and the action that needs to be taken now to improve the life chances of the next generation. The reports are available below:
October 25, 2018
Priest/Judge/Police officer/Child rights specialist/Mother/Friend, when you‘re blaming a woman suffering from violence – you‘re supporting the perpetrator

Lithuania: New public service ad “Palaikyk” brings victim blaming into public discussion

“Blaming the victim means supporting the offender”, says the posters all around Vilnius, Kaunas and other Lithuanian cities. "Palaikyk" ("Support") is the name of a new public service ad by the Office of Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson. The campaign strives to inspire the society to support women who open up about the experience of abuse and violence.
October 24, 2018
Plenary session at the FRF

Equinet Promoting Equality at the Fundamental Rights Forum 2018

Equinet and member equality bodies participated in the Fundamental Rights Agency's bi-annual Fundamental Rights Forum (FRF) in Vienna from 25-27 September 2018. The FRF is a unique space for dialogue on the pressing human rights challenges in the EU, and offers an opportunity to engage in new conversations and shape critical human rights agendas.
October 24, 2018

Germany: Collection of Anti-discrimination Data in Representative Repeat Surveys

The expert opinion prepared for the Federal Antidiscrimination Agency (FADA) sets out to identify the discrimination-relevant questions and categories included in representative repeat surveys conducted across Germany. It covers both cross-thematic surveys (such as microcensus, socio-economic panel - SOEP) and major area- and target group specific surveys (such as the German ageing survey "Deutscher Alterssurvey"). Based on these data, it evaluates existing Approaches and flags data gaps. Finally, the expert opinion formulates recommendations specifying the ways in which discrimination reporting should be developed further to match the scope of protection enshrined in the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG).
October 18, 2018

Framing Equality: Communication Handbook for Equality Bodies

Why do stories matter? What is framing? And how can we create the right messages to talk to a given audience? ’Framing Equality: Communication Handbook for […]
October 12, 2018

Developing a national barometer of prejudice and discrimination in Britain

This is the first national survey of prejudice in Britain for over a decade. It measures prejudice and discrimination experienced by people with a wide range of protected characteristics. The aim of this report is to demonstrate the value of using a national survey of this type to measure people’s experiences of prejudice in Britain, as well as people’s attitudes towards others. It also aims to set a benchmark for future surveys.