The Advocate of the Principle of Equality is the slovenian national Equality body and idependent and autonomous state institution with a mandate to prevent and eliminate discrimination. Its main task are related to awareness raising and promotion of equality, support and assistance to victims of discrimination as well as non-binding decision-making with recomendation issuing regarding the reported cases of discrmination on various grounds.
The Advocate of the Principle of Equality was established as an independent and autonomous national equality body in 2016 with the Protection against Discrimination Act. The new Advocate of the Principle of Equality (Head of equality body) was elected in October 2016, by the national parliament, upon the proposal of the President of the Republic, on the basis of the Protection against Discrimination Act (PADA)
Until 2016, The Advocate used to be a special post, not a legal entity and is nominated by the Government for a fixed period of 5 years. The Advocate’s position and mandate is regulated by the Act. The Advocate first operated within the Office for Equal Opportunities (OEO) which was established in February 2001 by the decision of the government (internal organizational act) as a successor of the former Office for women’s policy (originally established in July 1992). OEO’s duties were predominately concerned with policy making in gender mainstreaming. OEO was abolished in April 2012 and its task are now preformed by the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities.
Combined tribunal-type and promotion-type
|Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups ( e.g. through trainings )|
|Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)|
|Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)|
|Recommendations on discrimination issues|
|Publications and reports|
|Research projects (including surveys)|
|Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)||66||94||75||65||51|
|Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)|
|Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social media||5||15||5||5|
2 members of staff
The institution Advocate of the Principle of Equality is currently being run by eponyomus person. In the office there are also two other persons employed who are taking care for the legal businesses.
|Grounds / Fields||Employment||Education||Housing||Social Protection & Healthcare||Goods and Services||Other|
|Race and Ethnic Origin|
|Religion & Belief|
Gender Expression, Social Status, Property Status, Other