Equinet, the European Network of Equality Bodies, brings together 37 organizations from 30 European countries, which are empowered to counteract discrimination as national equality bodies across the range of grounds including age, disability, gender, race or ethnic origin, religion or belief, and sexual orientation.
Equinet builds upon the two year project “Strengthening the co-operation between specialised bodies for the implementation of equal treatment legislation” (2002-2004) and is currently funded by PROGRESS, the European Community Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity (2007-2013).
Equinet works to enable equality bodies to achieve and exercise their full potential at Member State level by sustaining and developing a networking between and a platform for equality bodies at European level.
Equinet seeks to work in a manner that:
– Is based on the active participation of the equality bodies that form the network.
– Reflects the needs and interests that are common to equality bodies
– Takes account of the diversity of equality bodies.
– Is open and transparent.
– Is to a high standard of excellence and professionalism.
– Implements good practices as an employer.
– Mainstreams gender equality and diversity in its work.
– Respects environmental sustainability.
Equinet seeks to develop relationships within its membership based on:
– Trust, mutual support and solidarity.
– A shared ownership and control of the network by the equality bodies that form part of it.
Equinet seeks to engage with its stakeholders in a manner that:
Reflects the unique and singular position of equality bodies as independent statutory bodies – bodies that are independent of both civil society and of the statutory sector.