January 13, 2021

Combating “Anti-LGBT” resolutions in Poland: Stories from behind the scenes

On 27 March 2019 a municipality in Poland (Świdnik) adopted a declaration to be free from a so-called “LGBT ideology”. The document, mostly chaotic and to […]
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 […]
October 1, 2020

How COVID-19 is compounding inequalities against older persons

In the aftermath of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic we need to look at how decisions were made, we need to draw lessons, and to ensure that in future crises, rights are equally respected regardless of age. Read AGE Platform Europe's take on how older people were affected during Covid and what we can do to tackle ageism in the future.
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.
September 16, 2020
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EU Funded Discrimination of Persons with Disabilities in Austria – and elsewhere

The living facilities, as well as the sheltered workshops that were co-funded by the EU, perpetuate the segregation and social exclusion of persons with disabilities in Austria. This is in breach not only of the above mentioned Council Directive 2000/78/EC, but also the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, the European Social Pillar and, last but not least, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which was ratified by both the European Union and Austria. Read this blog post to find out more.
September 14, 2020
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Let’s talk about sexual and reproductive health and rights: Not fully implemented before COVID-19 & suspended during the pandemic

This blog post outlines the pre-existing limitations in access to sexual and reproductive health and rights across Europe as well as the further violations we are now witnessing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. By looking at how equality bodies are responding, this article shows the unique role that NEBs play in ensuring access to SRHR.
July 28, 2020

Equality for Roma and Travellers: Time to Deliver

Equality Bodies accord high priority in their work to seeking improvement in the situation and experience of Roma and Travellers. They share a particular concern at the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Roma and Travellers and how inequality and disadvantage have left these communities ill-equipped to protect themselves from the pandemic.
July 27, 2020

Why Intersectionality is relevant for a fairer Europe

Initially hailed as the 'great equalizer,' the COVID-19 pandemic has, in reality, exposed the depth of institutional, structural, and systemic discrimination and inequality in our societies. The question for Europe now is not if discrimination and exclusion exist but rather how intersectionality serves as a tool to create a fairer, socially just, and more inclusive Europe for everyone.
June 16, 2020

How can Equality Bodies put equality between women and men at the heart of the response to COVID-19 across Europe?

In April 2020, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) published a policy brief, in which it shed light on the crucial issue that can no longer be ignored – the COVID-19 pandemic is reinforcing existing inequalities in our society and the long-term impacts of the health crisis will disproportionately affect women and girls.
January 8, 2021
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Cyprus: Report on the Status of Foreign Domestic Workers

This report by the Commissioner for the Administration and the Protection of Human Rights (Cyprus Ombudsman) details the situation of foreign domestic workers (FDW) living and […]
January 8, 2021
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Cyprus: Ex-Officio Report regarding the living conditions of the Roma community

This report by the Commissioner for Administration and Protection of Human Rights details the living conditions of the Roma community in Cyprus. The Commissioner recorded the […]
October 5, 2020

France: Discrimination and Origins. The Urgent Need for Action

The current health crisis and resulting lockdown have highlighted social inequality and exacerbated the discrimination suffered, in particular, by people of foreign origin or perceived as […]
September 10, 2020

Equinet Compendium: Article 14 Cases from the European Court of Human Rights

In order to identify how equality bodies could best contribute to developing European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) jurisprudence, the Equinet Equality Law Working Group monitored Article 14 cases to identify those that are directly relevant to equality and non-discrimination and the work of equality bodies. Read their findings in our Compendium
July 28, 2020

Equality for Roma and Travellers: Time to Deliver

Equality Bodies accord high priority in their work to seeking improvement in the situation and experience of Roma and Travellers. They share a particular concern at the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Roma and Travellers and how inequality and disadvantage have left these communities ill-equipped to protect themselves from the pandemic.
July 24, 2020

Contributing to the European Action Plan against Racism & Xenophobia

On 20 July, Equinet representatives participated in a consultation meeting with European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová and Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli […]
July 23, 2020
Roma and Traveller Inclusion: Towards a new EU Framework learning from the work of Equality Bodies

Roma and Traveller Inclusion: Towards a new EU Framework learning from the work of Equality Bodies

The European Commission’s EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies 2011-2020 draws to its conclusion this year. This perspective seeks to assist the Commission in preparing a post 2020 EU Framework by gathering, analysing and presenting the work and experience of equality bodies across Europe in responding to the situation, experience, and specific needs of Roma and Traveller communities.
July 9, 2020

Belgian Socio-economic Monitoring 2019: labour market and origin

In Belgium, a person’s origin is still  an obstacle on the labour market. To help change this situation, the Federal Public Service Employment, Labour and Social […]
July 9, 2020

Belgium: Identifying and tackling problematic or abusive forms of police selectivity

Unia funded research on police selectivity, conducted in collaboration with the National Institute of Criminalistics and Criminology (NICC) and the Brussels North police zone. Main conclusion? […]