June 8, 2020

The other pandemic: Systemic racism and its consequences

The events of the last few days, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and following the death of George Floyd, have prompted an amplification of the racial justice movement in the United States that is resonating everywhere in the world, including in Europe. This blogpost aims to give some insight into this movement from a systemic racism point of view, highlighting how this is far from an isolated incident, but a part of a whole system of oppression that needs dismantling.
May 25, 2020

Persons with disabilities: locked up in institutions, forgotten by governments

I, as the communications coordinator for the European Disability Forum, have been following the COVID-19 impact since beginning of March. It has not been encouraging. Seeing how governments systematically forgot about persons with disabilities, how little support was given and how much pain and problems that created left me very discouraged. Persons with disabilities have been discriminated, isolated, forgotten and subject to multiple and severe human rights violations since the beginning of this crisis.
May 20, 2020

COVID-19 impact on equality: Equinet launches new online database

Equinet’s new interactive tool gives some insight into how National Equality Bodies (NEBs) are responding to the crisis, as well as the current trends which are appearing in its impact on equality across the region.
May 4, 2020

COVID-19: What is the specific impact on LGBTI people in Europe?

All of this is hard. We are living unprecedented times, but global response to the crisis should address its potential impact on marginalised groups, including LGBTI people, and their access to healthcare and safety at home, as well as to watch out for discriminatory practices and measures.
April 22, 2020

When staying home is dangerous: fighting the rise of domestic violence in Europe

Week after week, COVID-19 reveals uncomfortable realities about the unequal societies we live in. All over the world, we have been urged to stay home, by authorities and through the #stayathome campaign. But one of the most blatant truths that we must face is that, for many women and children, home is the most dangerous place to stay.
April 10, 2020

COVID-19: National Equality Bodies report impacts on equality and share their responses to the coronavirus pandemic

As the COVID-19 situation develops, it is vital that the core values of equality and non-discrimination continue to be protected and promoted for all. In this blog post, a brief snapshot will be given of some of the main trends of discrimination and inequality related to the COVID-19 crisis that NEBs are seeing in their national work and some of the ways that they are addressing these issues.
April 7, 2020

Solidarity must prevail – Stigmatisation and discrimination of health workers has no place in our society

A new and scary discrimination trend seems to be arising in Europe - and worldwide - fuelled by fear of contracting COVID-19 against those that are in the frontline of action. The daily lives of nurses, doctors and health care workers is increasingly being affected by discriminatory attitudes and harassment.
April 3, 2020

Will actions finally speak louder than words in a Union of Equality?

Three weeks ago, the European Commission released a Gender Equality Strategy, presented by the first ever Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli.
April 1, 2020

ECRI’s Report on Germany

By Niklas Hofmann from the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA) in Germany Things had been planned very differently, but that’s the way it goes in the age […]
August 5, 2022
Mariam Rechchad

Youth at the table: mainstreaming youth voices in policy-making

Mariam Rechchad shares her passion for Standards for Equality Bodies, and her experience at the European Commission's youth policy dialogue on “Equality Bodies that work for all us”.
June 27, 2022

Regulating for European AI that Protects and Advances Equality: Equinet Recommendations

The Equinet position paper paper Regulating for European AI that Protects and Advances Equality presents recommendations regarding the legislative proposal by the European Commission. It reflects the […]
June 16, 2022
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Domestic and Care Workers in Europe: An Intersectional Issue

Our new report ‘Domestic and Care Workers in Europe: An Intersectional Issue’ showcases the diverse reality of domestic and care workers in Europe as a gender […]
June 7, 2022
Entertaining Equality: Why Not?

Entertaining Equality: Why Not?

Emotions for the general public I like series. No, wait. I love series. I love how they snuggled into our day-to-day lives silently through the years. […]
June 6, 2022

Conference: Equality Bodies and Gender Equality – A Growing Role

This conference was held in Paris (and streamed online) on 3 June 2022.  It is part of  the conference series Tackling discrimination in Europe : how […]
June 2, 2022

Webinar: When rights and tech collide – Protecting human rights and equality in the age of AI

This is a joint session on AI  and equality, co-organised by Equinet and the Commonwealth Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (CFNHRI), which is chaired by the Equality and Human […]
June 1, 2022

Highlights of Equinet work in 2021

The Equinet Highlights 2021 gives a short overview of what went on during one of the busiest years of Equinet to date. What are the Highlights? […]
May 20, 2022

Conference: Equality bodies supporting Equality Planning

This conference took place on 19 May from 10:00 to 14:00 (CEST) / 9:00-13:00 (WEST). It aimed to bring together representatives of equality bodies and policymakers […]
May 17, 2022
Call for proposals

Call for drafting: Report on climate change policies in the EU – exploring the role and potential of equality bodies

Equinet is seeking an expert on climate change policies in the EU to develop an Equinet report to the equality dimensions of the EU Green Deal […]