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The gender dimension of the refugee crisis 'has been largely overlooked'

20/03/2017 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Many refugee and asylum-seeker women and girls have been exposed to gender-based violence. However, their protection has not been considered a priority in the management of the refugee crisis, today said the committee.

‘No effort should be spared to achieve gender equality and empower women by 2030’

07/03/2017 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Globalisation, digitalisation and increased mobility are giving the world of work a new face worldwide. Gender inequality, however, remains intact, said Elena Centemero, on the occasion of the International Women's Day.

Berlin: conference on the rise of online hate and conspiracy theories

14/02/2017 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

There is an increasing number of instances of online hate speech and conspiracy theories. What is the reason for this? Who are the victims? Does online hate speech give rise to real violence against particular groups?

Ensuring the political participation of persons with disabilities

30/01/2017 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

In adopting the report by Mechthild Rawert, the committee emphasised the need for persons with disabilities to participate in political life, and pointed out that political rights, are fundamental human rights.

Chair of Equality Committee: ‘No to the trivialisation of domestic violence’

26/01/2017 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

"I am deeply concerned at the adoption by the lower house of the Russian Parliament of a bill decriminalising violence against family members for cases when it is a first offence", said Ms Centemero.

Yazidi women and the rehabilitation of victims of violence

25/01/2017 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“I do not know if I would still be alive if I had stayed in Iraq. But my story is just one among thousands" said Farida Abbas, survivor of ISIS violence, to the members of the Committee on Equality at a hearing in Strasbourg.

“We must talk about Afrophobia to prevent it becoming commonplace”

06/12/2016 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“While some types of ‘neo-racism’ based on supposedly cultural grounds do exist in Europe, traditional racism based on skin colour has never disappeared from our societies”, said Milena Santerini at the opening of a hearing in Paris.

Join forces against cyberdiscrimination and online hate

06/12/2016 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The committee called on member States to join forces against cyber-discrimination and hate speech through the adoption of effective legislative measures, education programs and more cooperation from Internet intermediaries.

Protecting the rights of parents and children belonging to religious minorities

06/12/2016 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The committee called on member states to protect the rights of families belonging to religious minorities by taking practical steps, to “affirm the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion for all individuals”.

Persons with disabilities: achieving full inclusion requires strong political and financial commitments

02/12/2016 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

"We cannot yet define our decision-making systems as fully inclusive since they continue to leave aside persons with disabilities most of the time,” said Elena Centemero, for the Day of Persons with Disabilities.

'Time to break the silence and stop violence against women'

25/11/2016 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

"Faced with challenges that undermine the very foundations of our democratic societies, we must maintain our commitment and fight for our values," declared Sahiba Gafarova, on the Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Put a halt to hate speech and sexist attacks, provide education on democratic citizenship from an early age

25/11/2016 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Elena Centemero called on all member States of the Council of Europe to sign and ratify the Istanbul Convention.