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COVID-19 measures with an impact on gender equality

Publication date: 4 August 2020. Topics

Problems with access to an abortion during the corona crisis

The effects of COVID-19 on gender equality

Publication date: 29 July 2020. Topics

Annual Report of the Ombudsperson for Gender Equality for 2019 submitted for approval to the Croatian Parliament

Pregnancy and family related leaves (including accommodation of working hours) due to COVID-19

Separate sleeping rooms and sanitary facilities for women

Constitutionality of the ban of political, philosophical or religious symbols in a school of higher education in order to create a neutral environment

Cancelling of public conference by local public center due to the presence among the speakers of a trans activist

Following NCCD decision against the Ministry of Education, a procedure was adopted to ensure adaptation of the national evaluation exams for pupils with disabilities and SEN

Publication date: 21 July 2020. Topics

In the context of a methodology issued by the Ministry of Education to ensure special places for Roma children to access high school and university, the NCCD analysed the duty to adopt similar measures in relation to children with special educational needs

Publication date: 21 July 2020. Topics

Protection of victims of violence against women during and after state of emergency

In order to address financial barriers that victims of domestic violence may face and which may be a reason for not pursuing their case in court, the Government will offer a legal aid service by specially trained lawyers who will be engaged for this purpose

Publication date: 21 July 2020. Topics

Working groups have been nominated to prepare amendments to the Sickness Insurance Act provisions on family related social security, which will impact the Employment Contracts Act

Report on integration and discrimination of immigrants, as seen by both majority and immigrant population

By introducing the concept of ‘birth sex’, the amendment of the Registry Act makes the legal recognition of gender change impossible in Hungary

Publication date: 14 July 2020. Topics

Additional parental leave to support parents during the COVID-19 pandemic

Work-Life Balance
Social Security
Domestic violence and violence against women

Less favourable retirement age for male Greek public servants constitutes direct gender discrimination in pay – Levelling up

Publication date: 14 July 2020. Topics

Discrimination of Sami people, Kvens and Finns in the northernmost region of Norway, Troms and Finnmark

Land Berlin Non-Discrimination Law (Landesantidiskriminierungsgesetz)

Whether Hungary’s plans to prevent courts from imposing pecuniary compensation for fundamental rights violations in education are in compliance with the EU acquis

Whether damages are payable to individual victims of educational segregation to compensate for the disadvantages they suffered as a result of the segregation

With the closure of all schools and child-care centres during the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents were forced to stay at home in order to look after their children. The Government set up a Parent Benefit for parents employed in the private sector of Malta, with children under 16 years of age, who were not able to work from home and who due to the impact of COVID-19, after 8 March 2020 could not go to work to take care of their children

Measures taken in the context of COVID-19 have affected vulnerable groups in a particularly negative way

On 30 April 2020, the Polish Parliament passed legislation amending the Code of Civil Procedure and some other acts, providing for the possibility of the police issuing an order for the perpetrator of violence to leave the premises occupied together with the victim, without the need to initiate criminal proceedings

Publication date: 17 June 2020. Topics

Liechtenstein Government decided to sign the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 26 May 2020

Implementation of policies and measures concerning the equality and inclusion of Roma living in marginalised communities

Caring benefits more generous during COVID 19 quarantine

The legality of the conditions of eviction of illegal camp occupied by a Roma family

Discrimination against tenants on the basis of their actual or perceived nationality

Monitoring of discrimination cases concerning public and private sector on behalf of the competent Equality Body

Significant increase of domestic violence against women during the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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