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Court to determine if Facebook must fight hate speech

In a case of online hate speech against Austrian politician Eva Glawischnig, the European Court of Justice is about to rule whether Facebook should find and delete abusive comments.
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
17 Jan 2018 Austria

Women's rights advocate to become the first female PM of Romania

Social democrats may soon make history, if their candidate Viorica Dancila becomes PM. Though it would be a great opportunity for change, her candidacy doesn’t mean the country is any less conservative or that her party fosters gender equality.
Ana Maria Luca recommended by Ana Maria Luca NewsMavenS, Eastern Europe

Parents on trial in Stuttgart after forcing their daugther to marry

A young woman has filed a lawsuit against her family that kidnapped, trafficked and married her off against her will. All because she refused to follow a traditional lifestyle.
Daria Sukharchuk recommended by Daria Sukharchuk NewsMaVens, Germany
16 Jan 2018 Germany

The next sexual revolution is in robotics

Sexual disorders, such as addiction, erectile dysfunction, trauma, and even pedophilia could be curbed with sex robot therapy. However, could subordinate playthings lead to further objectification of women and acceptance of sexual violence?
Lydia Morrish recommended by Lydia Morrish WikiTribune, United Kingdom
9 Jan 2018 United Kingdom

Catholic Church “conscientiously objects” to dignified death

Last December, Italy took an important step towards facilitating dignified death -- it allowed citizens to write a living will. However, the Catholic Church is doing all it can to hinder it under the label of conscientious objection.
Cinzia Sciuto recommended by Cinzia Sciuto MicroMega, Italy
4 Jan 2018 Italy

In 2018 Feminism is a defensive strategy, not a trend

In many Western countries conservative and right-wing parties have found themselves in positions of power again. What they usually have in common are outdated views on women, gender, equality and reproductive health.
Julia Sahlender recommended by Julia Sahlender Der Standard, Austria
3 Jan 2018 Austria

It is time to change the law on sex crimes

Sweden is considering a tightening of sexual criminal law. Considering the global discussion on sexual abuse, perhaps its time for every country to take a stab at defining consensual sex. 
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
26 Dec 2017 Austria

Life, liberty and the pursuit of feminism in 2017

The Merriam-Webster dictionary announced that the word “feminism” was their top lookup this year. But aside from an increased number of searches, was feminism itself on the rise in 2017?
Lidija Pisker recommended by Lidija Pisker NewSMavens, Southern Europe
25 Dec 2017 Southern Europe

The failure of the MeToo campaign in Estonia

"It's important for women to now raise their voices, stand up and take back what belongs to them," claims Johann Urb, one of the most famous Estonian actors. Sadly, it still sounds like a very novel idea here.
Marian Männi recommended by Marian Männi Eesti Ekspress, Estonia
25 Dec 2017 Estonia

Ultra conservative politician to become one of Austria's key dignitaries

Extreme right, homophobic and critical of the anti-fascist culture of remembrance -- this is how the FPÖ politician, Anneliese Kitzmüller, could be described in brief. Yet, she is about to become the Third President of the National Council. 
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
21 Dec 2017 Austria

Is Austria ready to break the taboo on intersex people? 

Neither male nor female but rather somewhere in between --  almost 2% of the population is born intersex. It is as common as red hair and yet hardly anyone talks about it publically.
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
11 Dec 2017 Austria

Women in Austria demand half of the power

"Every third seat in the National Council is not enough," argue the signatories of the women's petition in an open letter to the future government.
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
7 Dec 2017 Austria

Constitutional Court of Austria gives green light to same-sex marriage

In the not-too-distant future, Austrian same-sex couples will be able to get married. Surprisingly, it was the Constitutional Court, not the politicians, who took the step towards equality.
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
6 Dec 2017 Austria

The triple marginalization of disabled women in Bosnia

In Bosnia, disabilities caused by wartime injuries are more respected than the so-called “civilian” ones. Since most of war veterans are men, disabled women face discrimination by default.
Tijana Cvjeticanin recommended by Tijana Cvjeticanin Istinomjer, Bosnia and Herzegovina
6 Dec 2017 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Gender time gap -- Why do half of Austrian women work part-time?

The particularly high number of female part-time employees in Austria raises numerous questions. What is the underlying reason? How can we distribute work in a more balanced way?
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
5 Dec 2017 Austria

Study shows that words can stop sexual violence

In a psychological study, verbal dissent proved more efficient than non-verbal actions in stopping the respondents from raping a fictional woman. But a staggering 30% of respondents would still be willing to rape if nobody was to find out.
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
5 Dec 2017 Slovakia

Where can LGBTI people be safe?

When LGBT and gender-diverse people move from Africa or Central and South America to Europe, their persecution continues. They face further danger and, in some cases, murder.
Lydia Morrish recommended by Lydia Morrish WikiTribune, United Kingdom
4 Dec 2017 United Kingdom

The woman who declared war on cancer

A career in science or a family? That is a choice Patrizia Paterlini-Bréchot, scientist and professor of cell biology and oncology, had to make in Italy in the 1970s. After “Italy forced her” to make the tough decision, she chose science.
Ivett Korösi recommended by Ivett Korösi Nepszava, Hungary
1 Dec 2017 Hungary

Italian women have a plan to end gender-based violence

A notorious Italian feminists group is sick of hearing that violence against women is a private matter or a one-time mistake. To them, the phenomenon is deeply rooted in our culture. They are planning a global women's strike.
Cinzia Sciuto recommended by Cinzia Sciuto MicroMega, Italy
30 Nov 2017 Italy

If the system is rigged in their favor, how can white men help bring change?

The election of Donald Trump, climate change, #metoo -- it seems that these days white men are to blame for everything. Many are sick of hearing this. In his recent column, Nils Pickert calls on them to reflect on their privileges.
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
30 Nov 2017 Austria
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