Austrian Ministry of Women funds male fraternities

While funds for women's initiatives are being slashed right and left, the Ministry of Women, Families and Youth funds male fraternities with tax revenue.

Christine Tragler
Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
Source: Der Standard
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Why this story matters:

The Austrian Pennälerring (ÖPR), an all-male association of student fraternities, has received a 40,000 euro subsidy from the Ministry of Women, Families and Youth.

Many have pointed out that the subsidy should not have been awarded, since the law requires recipients to abide by the Equal Treatment Act. In addition to being an all male organization, ÖPR also promotes right-wing nationalism.

The subsidy is additionally noteworthy because so many women's initiatives lost their funding this year.

On the ÖPR's FAQ page, which was recently taken off the internet, under the question "Why don't you accept women" one could read the answer: "Because we want to keep relationship conflicts out of our communities."

Details from the story:

  • Almost 40,000 euros were awarded to the Austrian Pennälerring (ÖPR), an association of student fraternities.
  • Although the association was subsidized by past governments, the funding was not always so generous. Five years ago, under Minister Reinhold Mitterlehner, the ÖPR received 23,500 euros.
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