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States must do more to stamp out ethnic profiling, says PACE committee

27/11/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

European States must pass laws to ban “ethnic profiling”, if they have not already done so, and encourage police forces to take stronger action against racist behaviour, PACE’s Equality Committee has said. Approving a draft resolution, based on a report by Boriss Cilevičs (Latvia, SOC), during a...

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: Petra Bayr and Evelyn Regner speak out to...

25/11/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Joint statement by the chairs of the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) and the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality of the European Parliament (FEMM) On 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence...

Ending violence against women: the lessons we can learn from the pandemic

24/11/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Joint statement by PACE President Rik Daems and Zita Gurmai (Hungary, SOC), PACE General Rapporteur on violence against women, to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November): “Violence against women remains widespread. An average of 137 women across the...

Violence against women in sport: time to act

10/11/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

A PACE webinar on combating violence against women in sport has heard powerful testimony from a French athlete who suffered sexual abuse in her sport, as well as a series of initiatives from the UN, FIFA and other organisations on how to prevent it. Sarah Abitbol, a French figure skater...

Webinar on combating violence against women in sport

05/11/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

PACE’s Parliamentary Network Women Free from Violence and Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination are organising a Facebook Live webinar entitled “Preventing and combating violence against women in sport”, on 10 November at 10 am. Speakers include former athletes and specialists in equality...

‘Stop altering intersex children’s bodies’ says General Rapporteur

26/10/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Despite growing awareness of their situation, in 2020 intersex people continue to suffer in their daily lives and see their dreams frustrated as a consequence of unnecessary medical and surgical interventions, often practised on intersex infants and children without their consent,” said Fourat...

‘To live together peacefully in today’s Europe, we must use the rule of law to fight hate and protect...

21/10/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“The horrendous murder of French teacher Samuel Paty on the outskirts of Paris, currently investigated as an act of terrorism, is not only an abominable crime, but also an attack against freedom of expression and peaceful living together, in France and the whole of Europe”, said Momodou Malcolm...

Day of the Girl Child: rapporteurs call on parliaments to combat ‘an emerging backlash against the rights...

09/10/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Béatrice Fresko-Rolfo (Monaco, ALDE), PACE’s General Rapporteur on Violence against Women, and Baroness Doreen Massey (United Kingdom, SOC), rapporteur on addressing sexual violence against children, issued the following statement to mark the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October: “25...

Artificial intelligence: act now to prevent discrimination

11/09/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Many uses of artificial intelligence (AI) can have a direct impact on equality of access to fundamental rights, including the right to private life and access to justice, employment, health and public services. Considering that such uses of AI may cause or exacerbate discrimination in these...

Statement by the Committee on Equality, which reaffirms its support for the Istanbul Convention

11/09/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Meeting by videoconference today, the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination reaffirmed its support for the Istanbul Convention by adopting the following statement: “The Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence...

Stop Islamophobic attacks in Europe, says General Rapporteur on Combating Racism

10/09/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Against a Europe-wide backdrop of increasing intolerance against Muslims, Nordic countries have in recent weeks experienced a wave of Islamophobic incidents organised by far-right supporters and groups,” said Momodou Malcolm Jallow (Sweden, UEL), General Rapporteur on Combating Racism and...

Upholding gender, equality and non-discrimination in times of crisis and pandemics

15/07/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

To face new waves of pandemics and other crises, governments will need to take a differentiated approach, and ensure that responses are “comprehensive and inclusive” and take full account of the diversity of our societies, said the Equality Committee, adopting a report by Petra Stienen...