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Equinet produces relevant publications, ranging from perspectives on topical European issues and comparative legal case studies to good practice guides in the field of equality policy for practitioners.

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This Equinet Good Practice Guide focuses on the work of equality bodies in making recommendations to policy makers/legislators on general issues of discrimination and equal treatment.


This Report analyses harassment on the basis of gender and sexual harassment as forms of discrimination and inequality, but also in the framework of gender-based violence and as violation of human rights.


This report presents some examples from equality bodies on strategic planning in order to inspire and inform others.


The European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 is at its halfway mark and is under review. The list of actions developed for implementing this strategy for the first five years is coming to a close and will need to be reviewed and renewed for the second five years of the strategy. Equinet is seeking to contribute to this review and to the renewal of the list of actions with the publication of this perspective.


This Perspective seeks to explore and assess the institutional architecture that equality bodies form part of, as they implement their mandates to promote equality and combat discrimination.


Positive Action Measures

February 9th 2015

This report discusses the complex legal issues relating to the application of positive action. It takes into account concrete cases, good practice examples and examples of problematic provisions. It is hoped that the report will contribute to a better understanding of the legal nature of positive action as well as of its boundaries as specified by European and national legislation and case law.


This discussion paper seeks to document and inform the contribution of equality bodies to achieving the headline targets of the Europe 2020 strategy, enable Equinet to support the contribution of equality bodies, and inform Equinet’s contribution to the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 strategy.


This Equinet Report on the Application of Directive 2004/113/EC touches upon an area which is less known and often newer for equality bodies working on gender equality: access to and supply of goods and services.


In the European Union, women earn around 16% less than men. Roma people face very high levels of social exclusion. One third of LGBT persons have already felt discriminated because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Racism and discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, religion and belief persist. In this challenging context, national equality bodies and Members of the European Parliament play a fundamental role in the non-discrimination architecture of the EU.


The reconciliation of work and family life includes statutory leave arrangements, flexible work organisation and working time arrangements that enable employees with caring responsibilities to have both a career and a satisfying private and family life. It further includes opportunities to return to paid employment for those who have left the labour market to raise children and/or care for family members. It also includes provisions to protect against discrimination. It is a focus for equality bodies in their work on the ground of gender and, in some instances, on the ground of family status.


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