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Beyond quotas: time to shift to parity

11/03/2016 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

With a view to increase women's political representation, PACE's member, observer and partner for democracy states should consider introducing the principle of parity in the Constitution, the committee concluded.

Hearing highights the dangers of radicalisation at local level

11/03/2016 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“I want to ensure that children no longer leave home to die”, said Véronique Roy, the mother of a young man converted to Islam, who became radicalised and left for the Jihad in Syria, during committee hearing.

International Women’s Day: ‘women are only half-way to equality with men’

07/03/2016 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Challenging patriarchal values, sexist stereotypes and the perception of gender roles is at the core of the action undertaken by women’s rights activists, declared Elena Centemero on the eve of the International Women’s Day.

Violence against women in the armed forces: visit by rapporteur to NATO

19/02/2016 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Maryvonne Blondin will make a fact-finding visit to Brussels on 23 February, in the context of the preparation of her report on “Guaranteeing equal rights and protecting women against violence in the armed forces”.

Milena Santerini: strengthening cooperation with the European Parliament on combating all forms of hatred

17/02/2016 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Antisemitism and islamophobia may differ but their common roots are in hatred and intolerance and we must spare no effort in tackling both,” said Milena Santerini, speaking in a round table in Brussels today.

Countering hate speech: a new challenge

12/02/2016 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

On 26 January 2016, the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination held a hearing on the work on combating hate speech of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI).

Intersex people: discrimination and human rights violations need to be addressed

03/02/2016 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“We must raise awareness about the situation of intersex people, and act now to overcome the discrimination they routinely face,” said the Commissioner for Human Rights speaking at a Committee hearing.

Data collection: an essential tool to combat violence against women

28/01/2016 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

In unanimously adopting a report on “Systematic collection of data on violence against women” the committee stressed that violence against women cannot be combatted effectively without reliable data.

Sexual assaults in Germany and Switzerland 'cannot remain unpunished'

11/01/2016 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

"I firmly condemn the mass sexual assaults perpetrated on 31 December in Germany and Switzerland", said Sahiba Gafarova, Parliamentary Assembly General Rapporteur on Violence against Women.

Access and empowerment for a full inclusion of persons with disabilities

02/12/2015 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Too often, persons with disabilities face difficulties in accessing employment, education or participating in public life, said Gülsün Bilgehan, on the eve of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Women in the armed forces: the glass ceiling still exists

02/12/2015 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Following her visit to Norway, Maryvonne Blondin provided information, in the context of the preparation of her report on protecting women against violence in the armed forces, as part of a hearing today in Paris.

On Orange Day, general rapporteur denounces ‘double violence’ faced by refugee women

24/11/2015 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The global refugee crisis is not only a major challenge for governments, it also aggravates another phenomenon: violence against refugee women, said Sahiba Gafarova, denouncing the “double violence” they too often suffer.