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A ‘window of opportunity’ for determined action to stamp out Afrophobia or anti-Black racism

15/03/2021 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Racism, including Afrophobia or anti-Black racism, is still “rife in Europe”, according to PACE’s Equality Committee, but recent increased public awareness of the problem has created a “window of opportunity” for determined action to eradicate it. Unanimously approving a report by Momodou Malcolm...

Enhancing participation of women from under-represented groups in political and public decision-making

15/03/2021 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Although significant progress has been made with regard to the participation of women in political and public decision-making in Europe, such progress is too slow and uneven. In addition, there is still a lack of participation and representation in political and public decision-making of women...

Violence against women in the public and private spheres

10/03/2021 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

On 15 March, PACE’s Sub-Committee on Gender Equality and the “Women Free from Violence” Parliamentary Network will join forces with the Swiss authorities for an event taking place on the fringes of the 65th session of the Commission for the Status of Women, the United Nations body dedicated to...

8 March: men and women need to push together more forcefully for change

08/03/2021 | President

According to the PACE President, “men and women need to push together more forcefully for change to come. This is our responsibility, as citizens and as politicians.”For PACE Equality Committee Chair Petra Bayr (Austria, SOC), "we just can’t afford to keep ignoring the knowledge and experience we...

A new brochure to disseminate PACE's work in the field of combating racism and intolerance

20/01/2021 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

A new brochure compiling a series of texts adopted by PACE between 2014 and 2019 in the field of the fight against racism, intolerance, and hate and hate speech has just been published online, at the initiative of the No Hate Parliamentary Alliance. These texts take stock of the situation, but...

Infiltration of the police and the military by racist and far-right extremists: raising awareness and...

21/12/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Hundreds of cases of infiltration of law enforcement bodies and the military by racist and far-right extremists have been reported over the last few years and investigated recently by French and German medias,” today said Momodou Malcolm Jallow (Sweden, UEL), PACE General Rapporteur on racism...

How parliamentarians can defend the Istanbul Convention and help to keep women safe

15/12/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The head of the monitoring body for the Istanbul Convention, the Council of Europe’s global treaty to combat violence against women and domestic violence, has again urged all European states to sign up to the Convention – and firmly rejected the suggestion by some governments that national...

Generation Equality Forum 2021: a global event to launch a programme of concrete actions to promote women’s...

14/12/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Delphine O., the French Government’s Ambassador for Women's Rights and Secretary General of the Generation Equality Forum 2021, presented this Forum to the members of the Assembly’s Women Free from Violence parliamentary network, meeting today. The Generation Equality Forum, organised at the...

Parliamentary Network Women Free from Violence: exchanges on the UN Generation Equality Forum and...

11/12/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

At its next meeting on 14 December by videoconference, the Parliamentary Network Women Free from Violence will exchange views on the Generation Equality Forum to be held in 2021 in Mexico and Paris by UN Women, after a presentation of the Forum by Ambassador Delphine O, Secretary General of the...

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: ‘Leaving no one behind in a post-COVID-19 World’

02/12/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December), PACE Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination declared: “The COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous negative impact on such fundamental rights as access to education, healthcare and employment globally. Persons...

Updating and relaunching the Charter of European Political Parties for a Non-Racist Society

30/11/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Over 20 years after the drafting and opening for signature of the Charter of European Political Parties for a Non-Racist Society, the time is ripe to update this text, as we have witnessed changes in the political landscape – with the emergence of populist and xenophobic movements – and in...

Strengthening the protection of the rights of national minorities

27/11/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

According to the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination, meeting by videoconference, attention to minority rights since the adoption of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in 1995 has clearly diminished. “Minorities are sometimes perceived as a threat to the...