January 17, 2022

The path to persuasion: “Be credible. Be clear. Be captivating”

On December 1-2, 2021, Equinet hosted a training to help communication experts from equality bodies countering hate speech on- as well as offline.  The training approached […]
November 29, 2021
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Accessibility of polling stations is at discretion of states, says European Court of Human Rights

European Court of Human Rights clarifies scope of positive obligations of national governments to ensure full accessibility to persons with disabilities
November 3, 2021
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Statutory limits of the anti-discrimination protection before Czech courts

The Czech Public Defender of Rights has mapped anti-discrimination case law of courts in civil proceedings in the period from 2015 to 2019. Apart from statistical data, they have analysed in particular compensation for intangible damage and sharing of burden of proof.
September 29, 2021
Blog Post: Call for Joint Action Exposing and tackling ageism together.

Call for Joint Action: Exposing and tackling ageism together

Ahead of the International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) on 1 October, the call for an international legal instrument to promote and protect the rights and dignity of older persons is getting louder. The IDOP is an excellent opportunity to highlight the important contributions that older persons make to society, the harms of ageism – stereotyping, prejudice, and/or discrimination of individuals or groups based on their age –  and to raise awareness of the issues and challenges of ageing in today’s society.
May 10, 2021

Why we need to REVEAL – Views on Racism & Data Collection in Europe

Equality data can be collected by means of surveys, censuses, administrative processes (e.g., employment data), complaints data or research, among other sources. Within these sources, any piece of information or set of values, whether qualitative or quantitative, that is useful for describing and analysing the state of equality can be referred to as equality data. Moreover, personal information connected to certain characteristics such as race or ethnic origin are considered sensitive data, and therefore it is more severely protected requiring the data subject’s informed consent.
April 29, 2021
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Equality has no age limit: young people deserve better!

Ageism is based on negative perceptions of, attitudes and stereotypes towards people based on their age. While it affects the individual that is being discriminated against, and it also perpetuates the very stereotypes and attitudes it is based on. In this post, we’ll turn the spotlight on young people, examining the main challenges they face, while also outlining some suggestions on how policymakers, youth organisations and equality bodies can support change.
April 9, 2021

David against Goliath: Why the Institute for the Equality of Women and Men filed a criminal complaint against Twitter

Warning: this blog article mentions instances of sexual violence which could be triggering or disturbing for some readers.   The Institute for the Equality of Women and Men, the […]
March 19, 2021

Towards stronger equality bodies for an equal Europe?

The Commission report on the application of Council Directive 2000/43/EC implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of racial or ethnic origin (‘the Racial Equality Directive’) and of Council Directive 2000/78/EC establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation (‘the Employment Equality Directive’) ovides a rare institutional analysis of the state of play on equality in Europe today and the effectiveness of existing legislation and this is or at least can be a key milestone in the EU’s journey towards equality.
January 28, 2021

Historic, Ambitious and A Great Signal for Equality Bodies: Discussing the first-ever EU LGBTIQ Strategy

On 11 November 2020, the European Commission adopted the first-ever LGBTIQ Strategy. Following the List of Actions for Advancing LGBTI Equality (2015-19), the Strategy is a long-awaited document which holds a stronger political value.  This […]
April 20, 2021

Legislating for stronger, more effective equality bodies: Recommendations for future EU Legislation

The past few months saw a major breakthrough in the recognition of and standards for equality bodies, with the EU’s anti-racism action plan raising the possibility of proposing EU-level legislation to […]
March 19, 2021

Towards stronger equality bodies for an equal Europe?

The Commission report on the application of Council Directive 2000/43/EC implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of racial or ethnic origin (‘the Racial Equality Directive’) and of Council Directive 2000/78/EC establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation (‘the Employment Equality Directive’) ovides a rare institutional analysis of the state of play on equality in Europe today and the effectiveness of existing legislation and this is or at least can be a key milestone in the EU’s journey towards equality.
November 26, 2020

Finnish Supreme Court bans Nordic neo-Nazi organization

The long-awaited ruling, referring to the European Convention on Human Rights and the UN Convention on Civil and Political Rights, states that trying to establish a […]
September 21, 2020
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Equinet at work: The Compendium of Article 14 cases from the European Court of Human Rights and the written observations submitted to the ECtHR

The Equinet Equality Law Working Group has been working during the last year towards contributing to developing the European Court of Human Rights' (ECtHR) jurisprudence, including increased analysis of article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and issues that are at the cutting edge of equality law and theory. This blog post presents the results of this work.
July 29, 2020

Equinet’s first amicus curiae intervention to the European Court of Human Rights

Equinet has submitted its first third-party intervention before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in the case of Franc TOPLAK v. Slovenia and Iztok MRAK v. Slovenia. This is the first time that the Court will decide on the merits of a case regarding the structural problem of physical accessibility to polling stations regarding persons with disabilities, and the positive duties States have to ensure effective accessibility.
June 10, 2020
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Equinet Report: REGULATING FOR AN EQUAL AI: A NEW ROLE FOR EQUALITY BODIES

The Report: “Regulating AI: The new role for equality bodies” brings together the results of the study whilst showcasing the current work of NEBs and includes a set of recommendations for the future work of Equinet and its members.
May 12, 2020

Equinet’s Submission to the 2020 Rule of Law Report Consultation

The Equinet Secretariat filled out the questionnaire, focusing on equality as a fundamental value, on which the EU is built. It noted that the rule of law, equality and fundamental rights are parallel values, thus failing to guarantee one will harm the others as well. sing the European Commission’s 2018 Recommendation on Standards for Equality Bodies as a backdrop, Equinet’s submission concentrated on how rule of law breaches may affect these standards, namely the independence, effectiveness, resources, mandate and national institutional architecture for equality.
November 27, 2019

European Equality Law Review 2019/2

Overview This is the tenth issue of the biannual European equality law review, produced by the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination […]
November 26, 2019

Protecting whistleblowers – a European challenge

Conference takes place in Paris on 3 December