PACE Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination

Terms of Reference:

Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination

1. The committee shall consider questions of equality and non-discrimination on any ground such as sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, race, colour, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, ethnicity, belonging to a national minority, property, birth, age, disability or other status.

2. The committee shall, in particular, consider:

2.1. questions relating to the promotion of equality and equal opportunities across the board;

2.2. all matters affecting equality between women and men, including political representation, economic empowerment, violence against women and gender-related crimes, trafficking in women, and sexual and reproductive health issues related to women’s rights and freedoms;

2.3. questions regarding national and other minorities, including Roma and Travellers;

2.4. questions relating to the prevention and fight against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and intolerance in Europe.

3. The committee shall follow up on the compliance of the Council of Europe, its bodies, as well as its member and observer states and states whose parliaments enjoy observer or partner for democracy status, with the recommendations of the Parliamentary Assembly relating to equality and non-discrimination.

4. The committee shall promote gender mainstreaming in the work of the Assembly so that a gender equality perspective is incorporated at all levels and in all fields. It shall also promote a balanced representation of women and men in the Assembly structures.

5. The committee shall establish and maintain working relations with national equality bodies.

6. The committee shall share the Assembly representation in the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI).

7. The committee shall represent the Assembly in, and follow the work of, the relevant expert committees of the Council of Europe.

8. The committee shall, on behalf of the Assembly, choose the winners of the “ Gender Equality Prize” . 


UK Members of the Committee:

Full members Alternate members
David T C Davies MP Baroness Massey
Baroness Eaton Sir David Crausby MP
Mary Robinson MP Mark Pritchard MP
Angela Smith MP Kerry McCarthy MP


Gender and Equality

Full member Alternate member
Dawn Butler MP Baroness Eaton
Rights of Minorities 

Full member Alternate member
David T C Davies MP Baroness Eaton

Disability, Multiple and Intersectional Discrimination

Full member Alternate member
Mary Robinson MP Baroness Eaton

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PACE Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination