Equality data collection to help combat discrimination and promote equality

The Agency held a workshop on equality data collection at the annual legal seminar of the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination on 1 December.

The network is managed by the Migration Policy group (Brussels, Belgium), the Law Faculty of the University of Utrecht (Netherlands) and Human European Consultancy for the European Commission. It produces the Equality Law Review twice a year and thematic reports on EU and national equality and non-discrimination law and reviews legal developments under the European Convention on Human Rights regarding equality and non-discrimination. The workshop discussed the achievements, practices and challenges in current equality data collection. It introduced FRA’s surveys and data collection work and how these have a practical impact on the situation of equality and discrimination in the EU and its Member States. Solid data relating to equality and discrimination enhances the understanding of the extent to which discrimination affects everyday life and how best to tackle it. It also underpins the implementation of legislation to combat discrimination and promote equality, thereby enhancing the effectiveness of such legislation.