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Since 2007, Equinet has been promoting equality in Europe by supporting and enabling the work of national equality bodies. It supports equality bodies to be independent and effective as valuable catalysts for more equal societies.

In 2017, Equinet celebrates its 10th Anniversary! We have grown from a project-based set-up of six members to become the recognised European Network of Equality Bodies, a membership organisation bringing together 46 equality bodies from 34 European countries.

As part of these celebrations, we would like to look at:

  • Equinet Past: Take a look back at the work that Equinet and its members have carried out over the past 10 years.
  • Equinet Present and Future: Identify opportunities and challenges within the Network at present, that should be taken on board as we develop into the future.
  • EU Developments: See how equality and anti-discrimination legislation and policy has developed during that time.

 

The 5th Meeting of the CoE-FRA-ENNHRI-Equinet Collaborative Platform on Social and Economic Rights took place on 26 September at the initiative of the Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia.

 

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the LIBE Committee, examines the added value of developing a democratic rule of law and fundamental rights-based approach to the protection of minorities in the EU legal system, from an ‘intersectional’ viewpoint.

 

On Monday 9th October 2017, MEP Claude Moraes (Chair of LIBE Committee, S&D, UK), ARDI (European Parliament Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup co-hosted the conference "End of a fruitful dialogue - Impact of Brexit on Equality and Anti-Discrimination in the EU & UK".

 

In 2017, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities started the drafting process of the General Comment on the article 5 of the Convention (Equality and Non-Discrimination). Equinet contributed by preparing a written submission to the outline of the General Comment.

 

 

As part of our capacity building for members, we have organised training sessions on how to make the most of social media for equality bodies. This manual brings together the learning from these meetings to help you to set up a social media strategy, identify how best to monitor your results, how to create engaging content for the appropriate audience, get the most from the tools available, develop successful social media campaigns and deal with negativity on your social media channels.

 

Several equality bodies participated in this year’s Asia-Europe Meeting organized in Vilnius under the patronage of Dalia Grybauskaite, President of the Republic of Lithuania and Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders. The topic of the conference was women’s economic empowerment, a crucial field for the work of equality bodies in Europe where women still suffer significant economic inequalities.

 

A public hearing, organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), took place on 19 May in Brussels. The aim of this hearing was to look at equal treatment, equality bodies and other possible means of redress for Roma.

 

Twenty years after the adoption of the original version of GPR No. 2: Specialised bodies to combat racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and intolerance at national level in 1997, ECRI decided to revise its text in order to include the experience and the many good practices that have developed during this time. The revised text shall help to further strengthen specialised bodies, which are vital for advancing equality and for eliminating racism and intolerance in a sustained manner.

 

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