Expert: Equality Bodies should be independent and efficient
The Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson hold the conference “Effective Protection Against Discrimination: How to Become the Best at What We Do?” in the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania on the 20th December. Patrick Charlier, Member of the Executive Board of EQUINET, the European Network bringing together equality bodies across Europe, spoke about the international requirements for equality bodies. In his interview before the conference Mr. Charlier states the indispensability of strong and independent equality bodies to overcoming discrimination in society.
Taking Stock of the Year: Five Most Prominent Developments According to the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson
On the International Day for Human Rights, the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson drew attention to the major developments in the field of equal opportunities in 2017. "Together with the Office, we decided to distinguish the five most prominent developments that would make it easier for the public to assess how Lithuania succeeded this year," says Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson Agneta Skardžiuvienė.
Invitation to Participate in Photo Contest “Faces of Diversity”
Professional and non - professional photographers are invited to participate in the photo contest and show Lithuanian society in its diversity.
Sexual Upbringing: Outdated material encourages discrimination against LGBT* community
The Seimas Ombudsman Raimondas Šukys, Acting Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson, established that the methodological tool for sexual upbringing promotes discrimination against LGBT* people. He recommended to the Center for Development of Upbringing (UPC) to change its content in such a way which would not form for the pupil a discriminatory attitude towards a different sexual orientation.
Discrimination on the basis of HIV: a person was not allowed to reside in a care facility
The Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson has established that current legislation regulating the conditions and procedure for admission to social welfare institutions discriminates against people who are living with HIV or AIDS.