What a children's book can teach you about homophobia in Croatia
This Thursday, the Croatian association of “Rainbow families“ will publish a picture book for children about same-sex families. As expected, a Catholic group criticized the initiative.
16 Jan 2018
Being LGBTI in the Balkans
Despite widespread homophobia and transphobia, LGBTI groups have become more visible in the Balkans. Activists point to some progress in recent years.
8 Jan 2018
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.
4 Jan 2018
Iceland passes law forcing companies to pay women equally
Iceland tops gender equality metrics across the board and now it has made the gender pay gap illegal. Could global gender equality be as simple as following its lead?
4 Jan 2018
One woman’s battle against the most powerful
politician in Poland
55-year-old Krystyna Malinowska sued Jarosław Kaczyński, the president of the ruling party PiS, who governs Poland from the political backstage. She is sick of being insulted by Kaczyński’s rhetoric and demands respect.
22 Dec 2017
Sudanese refugees deported from Belgium were tortured back home
A few months ago the Belgian Secretary of State for Asylum, Migration and Administrative Simplification, Theo Francken, invited Sudanese government officials to identify migrants and arrange documents for their forced repatriation.
21 Dec 2017
Living will -- Catholic Church fights against Italy’s
Finally, Italians are allowed to write a living will, in which they specify what actions should be taken in regard to their health if they can no longer decide for themselves. Yet, the Catholic Church will not let it go without a battle.
21 Dec 2017
1-5 Jan 2018
What does the new year hold for European politics, the field of human rights, and the news media industry? As a unique collaboration between newswomen across the Old Continent, we offer a few theories based on what we observed in 2017.
Hungary -- no country for NGOs
For the past 11 years, the organization EEA had been operating flawlessly. Overnight, it became an outcast because it is funded by George Soros, the government's number one enemy.
18 Dec 2017
The Hungarian Roma hero who has never received justice
After a long and undignified ordeal, Bela Puczi, the „Roma hero” who protected Hungarians during a pogrom was finally commemorated with a plaque. Although he is considered a hero, he has never been treated like one.
12 Dec 2017
Slovak president suddenly supports legal protection of same-sex couples
The issue of same-sex partnership is taboo for Slovak politicians. No political party present in the parliament (not even the opposition ones) supports same-sex marriages.
12 Dec 2017
Australia celebrates legalization of same sex marriage
As soon as in January, we will witness the first same-sex marriages in Australia. The country is celebrating this step towards equality with an outburst of joy. Almost everyone is on board, including the conservative Prime Minister.
8 Dec 2017
Winter in Slovakia -- People are already freezing to death
Vagus, a Slovak NGO that works with homeless people, is ringing the alarm as they are running out of money. In the last days, they saved 10 people but 7 others died.
8 Dec 2017
Harvest workers forced to live in slave-like conditions in Austria
The law regulates harvest work but many seasonal workers are exempt from it as they have never signed a contract of employment. How does modern slavery in the so-called “first world” look like?
1 Dec 2017
Can Austria help Ugandan women win more rights?
Divorced women are a particularly discriminated group in the East African state of Uganda. An NGO is trying to change that -- with the help of a Central European ally.
29 Nov 2017
Dismantling civil war -- Why do neighbors start killing each other?
Writer Janne Teller warns that “either the moderates keep together [in Europe], or extremists will split us up.” As a scholar of the Balkan war believes that history is on the brink of repeating itself.
24 Nov 2017
Torture, rape and hunger in Libyan refugee camps
"Big, strong boys for field work," says a voice that could be that of an auctioneer: "800 ... 900 ... 1,000 ... 1,100" is heard before two men are sold for 875 dollars.
21 Nov 2017
Electric shocks for China's homosexuals
China’s one-child policy might have contributed to the resentment families feel towards homosexual children. "People are under pressure to present a grandchild to their parents -- preferably male," says Human Rights Watch researcher Maya Wang.
16 Nov 2017
Austria could officially recognize the third sex
The Austrian Constitutional Court has scheduled a decision for 2018. But the Social Democratic Party of Austria and the liberal party "Neos" don't want to wait that long.
14 Nov 2017