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In Belgium, your origin still largely determines your success in the labour market. That recurring observation is unacceptable for Unia. The third Socioeconomic Monitor has just been published. This report is the result of a two-year cooperation between the Federal Public Service and Unia. The report includes an inventory of the population aged between 18 and 64 and combines data on their origins and migration background with information about their position on the labour market in the period 2008-2014.


Unia has won the Agoria e-Gov Award in the category Innovation with the Handicap module of the eDiv online training course. This course makes companies aware of the anti-discrimination legislation and answers questions about diversity with practical examples. The ceremony took place on 7 December 2017.


Revised ECRI GPR No.2 adopted

December 18th 2017

Equinet is very happy to hear that the ECRI General Policy Recommendation on Equality bodies to combat racism and intolerance at national level (Revised GPR No.2.) was adopted at ECRI’s 74th plenary meeting in December 2017.


On the occasion of our conference on "Inclusion of and discrimination against migrants in Europe" (7th of December, Brussels), we have updated our "Factsheet and compendium of good practices on the inclusion of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Europe" published in 2016 with new equality bodies’ practices.


2017 has been designated by the European Commission as the year dedicated to combating violence against women. Many equality bodies are on the forefront of this work, carrying out projects aimed at developing and implementing practical and targeted information to combat violence against women, as well as awareness-raising and education activities. 25 November is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.


Between 2 May and 9 June 2017, researchers at Western University and the Belgian Institute for equality of women and men, in cooperation with its partners, conducted a national online survey on the impact of domestic violence on work, workers and in workplaces.
Approximately 28% of respondents reported having experienced domestic violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime (33.7% of women and 14.9% of men reported experiencing domestic violence in their life time.)


On 29th November 2017, The Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia in cooperation with the Organization of people with disabilities and their friends “APEIRONS” and National library of Latvia organizes their annual conference on the implementation of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


Almost one in eight people in Ireland report that they have experienced discrimination over the preceding two years. A new study which draws on a large, nationally representative survey taken from CSO data of responses from 15,000 adults has found that discrimination is felt acutely among specific groups, as outlined below.

New research entitled “Who experiences discrimination in Ireland? Evidence from the QNHS Equality Modules” published jointly by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) and the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) examines people’s experiences of discrimination at work, in recruitment and in accessing public services (education, transport, health, other public services) and private services (housing, banks/insurance companies, shops/pubs/restaurants).


In co-operation with the Slovak National Centre for Human Rights (SNCHR), the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) organised a round table in Bratislava on 28 September 2017 to discuss the follow-up to the recommendations of its 2014 report on Slovakia and its 2017 Conclusions.


The vast majority of Muslims in the EU have a high sense of trust in democratic institutions despite experiencing widespread discrimination and harassment, a major survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) shows. The survey captures the experiences of Muslim immigrants and their EU-born children, revealing that public attitudes have changed all too little over the last decade.


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