This Equinet paper considers the nature of under-reporting and the challenge to equality bodies to identify and address any barriers that may contribute to the issue. It also highlights the need to have robust systems to capture both formal and informal reports and to be able to interrogate this data when developing activities to embed good equality practices in workplaces and service provision. The report also raises the question around the capacity of equality bodies to deal appropriately with increased reports of discrimination.
The report contains five chapters, authored by five members of the Equinet Working Group on Communication Strategies and Practices:
Defining and understanding under-reporting, Thekla Demetriadou, Office of the Commissioner for Administration (Ombudsman), Cyprus
A framework for responding to under-reporting and the role of communication, Nadine Brauns, Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism, Belgium
Communication to inform members of groups experiencing discrimination about their rights and how to exercise them, Christine Bendixen, Danish Institute for Human Rights, Denmark
Communication to build confidence among members of groups experiencing discrimination in exercising their rights, Katarzyna Wilkołaska-Żuromska, Human Rights Defender, Poland
Communication to build a culture of rights in society, Dimitris Hormovitis, Greek Ombudsman, Greece
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