There are two equality bodies in Estonia: the Commissioner for Gender Equality and Equal Treatment (mandate to deal with grounds other than sex from January 2009) and the Chancellor of Justice (mandate from January 2004).
The Commissioner for Gender Equality and Equal Treatment is an independently acting expert appointed for five-year period by the Minister of Social Affairs. His or her activities, supported by the office, are funded by the state budget. The statute of the office is adopted by the Government of the Republic. As it was mentioned above, the Commissioner is dealing with discrimination on the grounds of sex and the grounds applicable in the context of the Law on Equal Treatment, i.e. ethnic origin, race, colour, religion or other beliefs, age, disability or sexual orientation.