Authors: Equinet Working Group on Policy Formation
Equinet, with the support and contribution of its Working Group Policy Formation prepared the opinion ‘ Addressing Poverty and Discrimination: Two Sides of the One Coin’. This publication released in the context of the 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion draws on the experience and work of the equality bodies to:
• Deepen the understanding of the link between poverty and discrimination.
• Encourage and support a policy focus on the link between poverty and discrimination.
• Further develop a practice focus on the link between poverty and discrimination in the work of equality bodies.
Based on a survey completed by Equinet members with a mandate that includes the ground of socio-economic status, the opinion demonstrates how poverty and discrimination are closely linked types of discrimination. Recommendations drawn from the survey propose initiatives to enable equality bodies and other players in the field of non-discrimination and equality to respond effectively to the challenge posed by the discrimination/poverty link.