Non-discrimination

17-05-2022

Bulgarian officials ordered to provide ID for lesbian couple’s baby

A Bulgarian court on Monday (16 May) ordered city hall authorities in the capital Sofia to issue a birth certificate to the stateless baby of a same-sex couple from Bulgaria and Gibraltar.
12-05-2022

UK, Romania lose ground on LGBTI rights despite overall progress in Europe

LGBTI rights are slowly improving across Europe, but “big gaps” persist with a number of countries slipping down the ladder, according to a new ranking published by ILGA-Europe on Thursday (12 May).
Climate change 22-04-2022

Women are the missing key to tackling climate change in the Muslim World

The Muslim world, and its religious leaders, have a duty to empower women to play crucial civil society roles if climate change is to be slowed and – possibly even reversed, writes Dr Mohammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa.
14-04-2022

Faced with discrimination, Ukrainian Roma refugees are going home

After facing discrimination and being denied humanitarian aid in Hungary, many Roma refugees fleeing Ukraine head back to their war-torn country to reunite with their families, despite the risks, activists say.
08-04-2022

Far-right MEPs: EU should focus on Ukrainian refugees, not Romani

Far-right lawmakers in the European Parliament urged the EU to focus on Ukrainian refugees instead of discussing discrimination against Romani people during a debate ahead of International Romani Day (8 April).
17-03-2022

Macron’s gender equality record ‘largely insufficient’

At the start of his term, Macron promised to increase gender equality. However, progress has been "largely insufficient" despite the implementation of several concrete measures, a report recently published by NGO Oxfam France has found. EURACTIV France reports.
16-03-2022

Kosovo snubs recognition of same-sex civil unions

Kosovo lawmakers on Wednesday rejected a law that would recognise same-sex civil partnerships, failing to become the first Muslim-majority country to adopt such legislation.
15-03-2022

Persons with disabilities in Ukraine face a ‘crisis within a crisis’

Civil society calls on the EU, national governments and humanitarian organisations to step up efforts to protect Ukraine's 2.7 million persons with disabilities who risk abandonment, death or a lack of shelter amid Russia's invasion
Economy & Jobs 14-03-2022

Member states end 10-year deadlock on EU’s plan for women’s quota on corporate boards

EU employment and social affairs ministers have adopted a general approach on the directive to boost gender equality on corporate boards, ending a decade-long stalemate and paving the way for final negotiations between the European Parliament and the 27 member states in the Council.
15-02-2022

Anti-LGBTI rhetoric rising throughout Europe

Anti-LGBTI rhetoric is on the rise across Europe, according to a report published on Tuesday (15 February) by ILGA-Europe, an advocacy group. At the same time, numbers show public opinion has also shifted positively towards the community, most notably in Hungary.
10-02-2022

Roma inclusion set back as several EU countries delay national strategies

Several European countries are lagging behind on their strategies to tackle discrimination and inequalities faced by Roma, casting doubts they will be able to reach already “unambitious” targets, experts warn.
07-02-2022

EU countries split over Commission’s plan to give parents cross-border rights

The European executive is pushing for the recognition of parenthood in one country to result in bloc-wide recognition of familial ties, but the initiative could create a rift across the bloc due to the inclusion of rainbow families.
02-02-2022

Israel rejects Amnesty report accusing it of enforcing ‘apartheid’ on Palestinians

Amnesty International accused Israel on Tuesday (1 February) of subjecting Palestinians to a system of apartheid founded on policies of "segregation, dispossession and exclusion" that it said amounted to crimes against humanity.
Elections 25-01-2022

Portugal’s flourishing far right target Roma ahead of vote

Portugal's far-right Chega party has adopted a harsh line against the country's Roma population ahead of Sunday's snap election, accusing the community of welfare benefits abuse and crime.
12-01-2022

EU’s von der Leyen in new push for women’s quota on company boards

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will make a new push at boosting women's representation on companies' boards, trying to unblock legislation for a women's quota which has been stuck since 2012.
27-12-2021

Swiss to allow simple legal gender transition from 1 January

People in Switzerland will be able to legally change gender by a visit to the civil registry office from 1 January, putting the country at the forefront of Europe's gender self-identification movement.
27-12-2021

Obituary: Desmond Tutu, the anti-apartheid hero who never stopped fighting for ‘Rainbow Nation’

"Like falling in love" is how Archbishop Desmond Tutu described voting in South Africa's first democratic election in 1994, a remark that captured both his puckish humour and his profound emotions after decades fighting apartheid.
14-12-2021

EU court asks Bulgaria to give passport to baby of lesbian couple

The EU's top court Tuesday (14 December) ruled that Bulgaria must issue an identity document or passport to the stateless baby of a same-sex couple from Bulgaria and Gibraltar.
Enlargement 10-12-2021

Leave Serbia, Montenegro to do their homework, says Belgrade’s human rights minister

The European Union should move on outstanding promises of enlarging the bloc while leaving the two frontrunners in the waiting room, Serbia and Montenegro, to ‘do their homework’, Serbia’s Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue Gordana Čomić told EURACTIV....
09-12-2021

Belgium, Czech Republic downgraded in civic freedoms report

Freedom of expression and peaceful protests are in dangerous decline even in "established democracies" in Europe, according to the 2021 edition of the annual CIVICUS Monitor index published on Wednesday (December 8).
06-12-2021

More than 40,000 march in Vienna against coronavirus lockdown

More than 40,000 people marched through Vienna on Saturday (4 December) to protest against a lockdown and plans to make vaccinations compulsory to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
29-11-2021

Lack of commitment from EU countries curbs equality efforts across the bloc

European anti-discrimination strategies risk being “empty policies” unless national governments step up their game, civil society representatives have warned.
29-11-2021

EU Parliament sets out two-year diversity roadmap

The European Parliament’s leadership adopted on Monday (29 November) a two-year ‘roadmap’ through which it hopes to “intensify efforts to achieve a more inclusive administration”.
26-11-2021

Grappling with Europe’s racist colonial past must go beyond history books

Teaching colonialism is a first step to tackle structural racism in Europe, but inequality will not be eradicated unless addressed in education as a whole, according to experts.