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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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Behind the all-important social indicators – from public attitudes towards immigration to incidence of hate crimes – is the question of why. Why do people hold such attitudes, or behave in such ways? Research has revealed a consistent and often overlooked factor in answering this question: our values.


Significant social and legislative progress has been achieved in Europe over the years and equality bodies have played and continue to play an active role in the advancement of diversity in the workplace and services. Their work, often in collaboration with employers, service providers and other actors in the field is key to making diversity in the workplace and in service provision a reality.


EU anti-discrimination directives empower national equality bodies not just to assist victims of discrimination but also to conduct surveys concerning discrimination and to publish reports and make recommendations on any issue relating to discrimination. Although there is a range of possibilities and realities on how Member States transpose the directives, it appears that a clear objective of the legislators was that equality bodies should not just combat discrimination but also promote (full) equality within society. Traditional measures and tools such as legal support have a limited capacity to ensure the effective promotion of equality and to bring about positive changes in the culture of society. If they are to live up to this challenge, national equality bodies and other actors will have to take proactive steps.


Equinet has released its 2013 Annual Report, highlighting the increased focus on gender in the work of the network, and its contribution to the European Commission’s Review of the Anti-Discrimination Directives. The report also illustrates how our network works, what are its main objectives, and the main activities and milestones throughout the year.


Equality bodies are mandated by EU gender equality legislation to ensure the promotion, analysis, monitoring and support of equal treatment of all persons without discrimination on the ground of sex in matters of employment and occupation. As part of their work, the practical implementation of the principle of equal pay for equal work and work of equal value is central. Their experience on the ground at national level confirms that, notwithstanding a long presence of the principle in EU and national legislation, equal pay in practice is still to be achieved.


To help equality bodies improve their work and effectiveness, Equinet has recently commissioned a paper on processes and indicators for measuring the impact of equality bodies.


30 Equinet member equality bodies have a mandate in relation to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people (LGBTI people) in employment and 22 in the provision of goods and services. This mandate includes providing support to victims of discrimination, conducting surveys, making recommendations and publishing reports on issues relating to discrimination.


Members of Equinet’s Working Group (WG) on Equality Law in Practice have met twice to discuss the implementation of the Race and the General Framework Directives in their Member States. They have submitted contributions to Equinet which have been gathered into this paper with a view to feed into the European Commission’s Report on the Implementation of the Directives. The Group is in a unique position to comment on the implementation of the Directives across Europe, with members from 23 national equality bodies.


Equinet has released its Annual Report for the year 2012. Adopting a new design compared to previous years, the report aims to highlight the need for standards to support the work of equality bodies and key insights from the work of equality bodies in tackling under-reporting through good communication strategies and practices. It also illustrates how our network works, what are our main objectives, and the main activities and milestones from 2012.


This publication was prepared by Equinet’s Working Group on Communication Strategies and Practices. The working group is mandated to explore how national equality bodies can share information on and enhance their strategic approach to communication activities and build capacity in this area. This working group serves as a platform for discussion, reflection and action on the effective development of communication strategies and activities by equality bodies. It focuses on the work of members in raising awareness of equality, rights and obligations among the general public and the groups experiencing discrimination.


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