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Human dignity should be respected at all times.
The National Council of Women would like to express its concern about the video posted online portraying men pelting a woman with eggs during a stag party. Human dignity should be respected at all times. As a society, we should condemn any type of abuse even if this is done by consent for financial gain.
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The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) has received numerous responses and has decided to extend the submission due date for the survey of survivors of human trafficking to Monday 26 August 2019.
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European Commission
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Gender Equality in the Media Sector
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Empowering women and girls in media and ICT
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Digital healthcare / health insurance
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Gender equality in European labour markets
In order to improve gender equality in labour markets, the EESC considers it necessary to draw up an integrated and ambitious European strategy to tackle systemic and structural obstacles and lead to adequate policies, measures and EU funding programmes for improving equality between women and men, thus fostering "more equal economic independence of women and men" . This would also contribute to the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights.
Services to the family
Developing services in private homes in order to achieve a better work-life balance Every family has a home and clothes to maintain, meals to prepare, children to care for, elderly parents or ill or disabled family members who need help. Women often have to work part-time in order to carry out these tasks, missing out on the career for which they have trained or on time they would use for training.
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NCW Annual General Meeting 2019
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UfM adopts new project to support women’s empowerment in the Mediterranean
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CONFERENCE EUROPEAN YEAR OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL 2007 (Date: 28/12/2007)

REPORT GRACE ATTARD EESC GROUP III MEMBER
23.11.2007

CLOSING CONFERENCE

EUROPEAN YEAR OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL 2007

Lisbon 19-20 November 2007

Monday 19 November 2007

The Conference opened with welcome speeches by
H.E. Prime Minister of Portugal, Jose’ Socrates
Portuguese Minister for Labour and Social Solidarity – Jose’ Vieira da Silva
Director General for Employment and Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, European Commission - Nicolaus van der Pas and
Vice-President of the European Parliament Rodi Kratsa –Tsagaropoulou

The 4 Rs – RIGHTS, REPRESENTATION, RECOGNITION AND RSPECT were highlighted
Reference was made to EU legislation over the years, at different stages on Equality for All
The importance of addressing equality issues at all levels – EU, national, regional and local and the involvement of all stakeholders were also highlighted

PANEL 1:

KEYNOTE SPEECHES ON DIVERSITY AND EQUAL 0PPORTUNITIES

FIRST SPEAKER: Esther Mucznick: Vice-President of the Jewish Community and Member of the Commission for Religious Freedom, Portugal emphasised the need for legislation to be enforced regarding religious freedom

SECOND SPEAKER: Lydia La Riviere-Zijdel: International Consultant on Gender, Diversity and Sport spoke about gender and multiple discrimination

THIRD SPEAKER: Trevor Phillips: Chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Great Britain spoke about institutional inertia and the need for positive action. Individuals suffering from mental health should be more strongly represented. The Year of intercultural dialogue should serve to continue the work that has been carried out in 2007

PANEL II:

THE YEAR’S LEGACY PROMOTING EQUALITY AND NON DISCRIMINATION

FIRST SPEAKER: Elsa Pais: National Co-ordinator of EYEO, Portugal spoke about the experience of preparing for such a conference. She highlighted the initiatives carried out in Portugal
A portal – equality for all
A reward for school children’s initiatives in the area of equality
The use of cartoons breaking down inequalities to target the very young

SECOND SPEAKER: Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska, Former Minister of Labour and Social Policy, member of Polish Parliament and responsible for the Polish National Implementing Body (NIB), Poland spoke about the initiatives carried out in Poland,
including education campaigns with the participation of representatives from different countries working in the field of anti-discrimination, workshops for local representatives implementing anti-discrimination policies at local level, publication of information and best practices about the six areas of discrimination, awareness raising project for newly-elected local representatives

THIRD SPEAKER: Sinikka Keskinen: EYEO National Contact Point, Finland spoke about the work carried out in Finland during the Year. Although the European Year is not expected to solve long-term problems of inequality problems, attention should still be paid to encourage development sin this field

FOURTH SPEAKER: Equinet – European Network of Equality Bodies spoke about the importance of networking and the sharing of good practices. He also referred to access to information. He also highlighted that goods and services to be extended to all areas of discrimination, positive action, and the need for a percentage of European Structural Funds to address inequalities in particular social inclusion

FIFTH SPEAKER: Sylvia Meehan: AGE Platform, Ireland spike about senior citizens and the fact that only recently awareness of age discrimination has become widespread.

SIXH SPEAKER: Isidiro Rodriguez, Secretary Foundation for Roma, Spain spoke about the need to address discrimination of the large numbers of Roma people in Europe and their economic contribution to society. He urged the EU to specifically address this issue

SEVENTH SPEAKER: Faila Pasic, Face of the Year, Slovenia spoke about their activities which targeted children with special needs

AFTERNOON SESSION

WORKSHOPS

WORKSHOP 1: ACCESS TO RIGHTS
Chaired by Richard Howitt, Member of the European Parliament, UK

WORKSHOP 2: EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND GENDER MAINSTREAMING
Chaired by Alexander Rosa. Portuguese NIB

WORKSHOP 3: SOCIAL INCLUSION AND MULTIPLE DISCRIMINATION
Chaired by Isle Brands Keri’s, Latvian Centre of Human Rights

WORKSHOP 4: DIVERSITY, MIGRATION AND INTERCULTURAL DIALOGU
Chaired by Jean Lambert, Member of the European Parliament UK


Tuesday 20 November 2007

PANEL III: PAVING THE WAY TOWARDS EQUALITY FOR ALL

Voices from Civil Society

SPEAKERS
Representative of Portugal’s EYEO NGOs – Odette Fiona
Director of AGE – Anne-Sophie Parent
President of European Disability Forum – EDF- Hyannis Vardakastranis
President of European Network again racism – ENAR – Bushy Quash
President of European Women’s Lobby – EWL Kristy Cutoff
Executive Director of ILGA-Europe – Patricia Prineville

SHORT CONTRIBUTIONS BY SOCIAL PARTNERS

Confederation Secretary of ETUC – Catalane Peskier
Vice-Chair for the Social Affairs Committee BusinessEuroep Ingo Vladimira Dfbalova
Reporter of the Social Affairs Committee of CEEO – Tina Weber
Director, Social Affairs of UEAPME – Lillian Volozinskis
Speakers highlighted the importance of including diversity in the labour market, the need for access to qualifications that address market needs for all and addressing the issue of migration in a comprehensive manner

MINISTERIAL ROUND TABLE: FROM THE YEAR’S LEGACY TO A NEW GOVERNANCE TOWARDS EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND NON-DISCRIMINATION

Speakers highlighted the need to develop initiatives to mobilize all stakeholders to take action and ensure active policies of non-discrimination for all in the workplace.
Other areas highlighted were: immigration policy, border security, and gender equality in particular addressing the pay gap

Other points raised were:
Addressing multiple discrimination
Co-operation between the different grounds (6) of discrimination in an equal and not hierarchal manner
Addressing discrimination of groups with different sexual orientation
Addressing the needs of ethnic minorities
Equality to be mainstreamed in all EU policies
The need for independent equality bodies
The importance of involving NGOs at all levels
The challenge to have cohesion while celebrating diversity

WORKSHOPS CONCLUSIONS – REPORTS

THE LEGACY FOR THE FUTURE

Keeping up the momentum for change
Awareness – a pre-condition; addressing prejudices and attidutudes
Effective legislation
Omissions in legislation
Political and moral will for implementation
Test cases to evaluate legislation
Awareness for people exposed to discrimination
Informing and sensitizing marginalized groups of their rights
Building dialogue and support between the six grounds of discrimination
Better and more accurate data collection
The role of business in addressing diversity in particular immigration; creating workplaces free of discrimination
Several proposals of good practices for business

CLOSING SESSION

High representative of the UN secretary-general for the alliance of civilisations – Jorge Sampaio, Portugal (video message) UN representative: ‘Modernizing, changing the way we do things’
Director-general for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, European Commission – Nikolaus van der Pas
Portuguese Secretary of State of Social Security – Pedro Marques
Portuguese Secretary of State from the Council of Ministers Presidency Jorge Lacao
Director Equality between Women and Men, Action against discrimination, Directorate General, Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, European Commission Belinda Pike, UK

HONORARY AWARDS FOR INITIATIVES carried out in 2007
Poland - audio visual
Belgium -visual
Czechoslovakia - poster campaign
Portugal - information material

LOOKING AHEAD

2008 has been designated as the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. In the UK, the National Co-ordinating Body is known as the EUCLD; and the responsible government department is DCMS. EUCLID plans to host a number of events in 2008 to mark the
European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. Events include conferences, exchange of fairs and training seminars throughout the UK

In addition to the events, organizations interested in the European Year are encouraged to sign up to the partner section of the EYID 2008 website, which offers a unique networking platform for all people involved in the European Year

FOR MORE INFORMATION
http://ec.europa.eu/employment_social/eyeq/
www.europeanyearofequalopps.org.uk
www.equalityhumanrights.com
www.interculturaldialogue2008.eu (EU website)
http://inter.culture.info (UK website)

EUROPEAN YEAR OF INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE:
Events include conferences, exchange of fairs and training seminars throughout the UK

In addition to the events, organizations interested in the European Year are encouraged to sign up to the partner section of the EYID 2008 website, which offers a unique networking platform for all people involved in the European Year
For more information:
http://ec.europa.eu/employment_social/eyeq/
www.europeanyearofequalopps.org.uk
www.equalityhumanrights.com
www.interculturaldialogue2008.eu (EU website)
http://inter.culture.info (UK website)

 
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