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 […]
November 29, 2021
sign showing a 'step free route' for wheelchair users

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
October 27, 2021
People Remember Stories

The power of narrative: together for equality and human rights

Communication has the power to spark change in society. Equality Bodies and National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) are well aware of what compelling narratives and targeted […]
May 26, 2021
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Cyprus: Persons with disabilities and their equal participation in elections

Ex Officio Statement Considering the forthcoming Parliamentary Elections on 30 May 2021, the Commissioner for Administration and the Protection of Human Rights (Ombudsman), in the framework […]
April 27, 2021

Annual report 2020 of the Ombudsperson Institution of Kosovo*

The Ombudsperson Institution of Kosovo* has published its annual report for the year 2020 as the fulfillment of the constitutional liability of submitting an Annual Report […]
April 13, 2021

Equinet-ENNHRI webinar: Disability Strategy 2021-2030

The European Commission’s 2021-2030 Disability Strategy was presented 3 March 2021. It outlined many key activities that the European Commission aims at implementing during the next decade to strengthen the rights of persons with disabilities […]
March 25, 2021
Reasonable Accomodation for Persons with Disabilities: Exploring challenges concerning its practical implementation. Equinet Discussion Paper. Equality Law Working Group

Reasonable Accommodation for Persons with Disabilities: What challenges in its practical implementation?

In 2020, Equinet’s working group on Equality Law analysed the topic of reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities and prepared the ensuing discussion paper. This Discussion […]
March 5, 2021

Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030: A view from Equality Bodies

On #WorldHearingDay, 3 March 2021, the European Commission published the EU Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030. This is the second strategy of […]
February 25, 2021

Belgium: No major progress in the lives of persons with disabilities

On December 3, 2019, International Day for Persons with Disabilities, Unia launched a survey to let people with disabilities have their say on ten major themes. […]
February 24, 2021

Belgium: Unia takes a stand for getting along together, even in times of corona crisis

The corona crisis that is gripping our country has fuelled mutual distrust among citizens. “We notice that there is a strong tendency to look for culprits […]