• Call to action: bring children together for diversity

    On the 10th anniversary of the landmark judgment of the European Court of Human Rights on the segregation of Roma children in education, equality and human rights organizations call for a redoubling of efforts to bring children together in the spirit of Europe’s commitment to dignity, equality and human rights.

  • Breaking the glass ceilnig: career progress for women

    The Deputy Ombudsperson and Chair of the European Equality Network (Equinet), Tena Šimonović Einwalter, opened a Tallin Equinet seminar on breaking the 'glass ceiling' and gender equality on 13 November 2017. On that occasion, she pointed out that "it is not just a matter of breaking the glass ceiling, but of its walls and foundations".

  • Deputy Ombudswoman held a presentation for the Council of Europe’s Social Questions Working Party

    Deputy Ombudswoman and Equinet Chair, Tena Šimonović Einwalter, gave a lecture on intersectionality for the Council of Europe’s Social Questions Working Party on 14 November 2017. The term, originating from USA, means monitoring and combating a specific form of multiple discrimination when more than one ground of  discrimination occurs (for example, a woman of Muslim religion or young members of ethnic minorities). Multiple discrimination is not covered by the EU directives, apart from the preambles. However, it has been introduced in national legislations, including the Croatian Anti-Discrimination Act.

  • Global meeting of national human rights institutions


    The Bureau of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) met from 1 to 3 November, to review developments and progress made since its last meeting in March 2017, and outline the way forward for the organization in 2018. 

    Hosted in San José, Costa Rica, by the Defensoria de los Habitantes, the meeting brought together representatives of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) from all regions around the world, involving also representatives from partners from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • Challenges in collecting statistics on discrimination grounds

    Second conference of the South East European equality bodies, organised in Zagreb on 30th October 2017 by the Ombudswoman for Gender Equality, Višnja Ljubičić, focused on „Challenges in collecting statistics on discrimination grounds“.

    Deputy Ombudswoman Tena Šimonović Einwalter highlighted the necessity for collecting indicators of discrimination while informing the participants on variety of data which the Office of the Ombudswoman collects in order to objectively report to the Parliament and public on the occurrence of discrimination. She also presented the results of the Survey on the level of discrimination awareness, conducted in 2016 as one of methods for collecting quantitative data on discrimination occurrence as well.