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Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination

In the spotlight

One in three women in Europe has experienced some form of physical and/or sexual assault since the age of 15. Preventing and combating violence against women is one of the priorities of the Committee. The Parliamentary Network Women Free from Violence, coordinated by Béatrice Fresko-Rolfo (Monaco, ALDE), General Rapporteur on violence against women, actively promotes the ratification and implementation of the Istanbul Convention.

Hate speech and manifestations of racism and intolerance on any grounds are a scourge affecting all countries in Europe and all levels of society. The Committee is committed to fighting hate speech, racism and intolerance. The No Hate Parliamentary Alliance, coordinated by Momodou Malcolm Jallow (Sweden, GUE), General Rapporteur on combating racism and intolerance, allows parliamentarians to join forces on these issues.

The Committee has also appointed a General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBTI people, who acts as the focal point for the Committee’s work to promote and protect the rights of LGBTI people.

Did you know?

In January 2020, Petra Bayr (Austria, SOC) was elected as Chairperson of the Committee.