• European Commission's Fundamental Rights Colloquium addressed the women's rights

    European Commission dedicated the Annual colloquium on 20th and 21th November 2017 to the women's rights in turbulent times, aiming at opening the discussion on best ways for promotion and protection of women in EU. Politicians, researchers, journalists, NGOs, activists, businesses and international organisations discussed the issues like sexual harassment, violence against women, the gender pay gap and work-life balance.

  • 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).