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  • Turkey - Women left unprotected from violence, says Human Rights Watch

    Turkey - Women left unprotected from violence, says Human Rights Watch

    [Human Rights Watch, Brussels, 10 May 2011] Turkey’s flawed family violence protection system leaves women and girls across the country unprotected against domestic abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Life-saving protections, including court-issued protection orders and emergency shelters, are not available for many abuse victims because of gaps in the law and enforcement failures.
    The 58-page report, “‘He Loves You, He Beats You’: Family Violence in Turkey and Access to (...) Read more

  • Hungary - Guilt tripping today, ban on abortions tomorrow?

    Hungary - Guilt tripping today, ban on abortions tomorrow?

    [Brussels, 10 May 2011] Hungarian NGOs, including the Hungarian Women’s Lobby, have been lobbying and demonstrating in opposition to moves by the government against abortion. Below is a press release from the Hungarian Women’s Lobby’s partner organisation, the Association of People Opposing Patriarchy (Patent).
    Patent Press Release, 10 May 2011
    The Association of People Opposing Patriarchy (Patent), a Hungarian NGO working in the field of women’s rights is outraged at the plan of the (...) Read more

  • Female scriptwriters share 2011 MEDIA European Talent Prize

    Female scriptwriters share 2011 MEDIA European Talent Prize

    [European Commission, Brussels, 10 May 2011] Scriptwriters Virág Zomborácz (Hungary) and Hanna Sköld (Sweden) will share this year’s MEDIA European Talent Prize for their film scripts for Afterlife and Granny’s Dancing on the Table. The annual prize is awarded to the best film project supported by the European Union’s MEDIA fund for cinema; experts rate the scripts on their potential to reach a pan-European audience. This year two projects received the same number of points so the prize is (...) Read more

  • Pension discrimination between same-sex civil partnership and married couples illegal, says European Court of Justice

    Pension discrimination between same-sex civil partnership and married couples illegal, says European Court of Justice

    [Brussels, 11 May 2011] The Court of Justice of the European Union stated that a supplementary retirement pension paid to a partner in a civil partnership, which is lower than that granted in a marriage, may constitute discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation.
    In its judgment in the case C-147/08, the Court of Justice of the European Union made a step further in the protection of social rights and non discrimination.
    The Court ruled yesterday 10 May 2011 that paying a supplementary (...) Read more

  • ILGA launches 2011 Homophobia Report and map of Gay and Lesbian rights in the world

    ILGA launches 2011 Homophobia Report and map of Gay and Lesbian rights in the world

    [Brussels, 10 May 2011] The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) is preparing the launch of its official Homophobia Report 2011. The report serves as an occasion to reflect on the state of homophobia in the world today. It elaborates on topics ranging from the number of same-sex couples in different countries, number of hate crimes based on gender or sexual orientation to prosecution, imprisonment or death penalty for same-sex acts. To illustrate its (...) Read more

  • Women Enhancing Democracy: Best Practices

    Women Enhancing Democracy: Best Practices

    [Brussels, 05 May 2011] On 30 June 2011 Lithuania will host a high level women’s leadership conference "Women Enhancing Democracy: Best Practices". The conference is to be opened by President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite, President of Finland Tarja Halonen and the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Among the panelists will be Myria Vassiliadou, EU Anti Trafficking Coordinator and a former Secretary General of EWL.
    The event is organised by Lithuania’s Presidency of the Community of (...) Read more

  • Save the Children releases State of the World’s Mothers report 2011

    Save the Children releases State of the World's Mothers report 2011

    [Save the Children Press Release, 3 May 2011] This Mother’s Day, what mums have to celebrate varies dramatically depending on where they live, according to Save the Children’s State of the World’s Mothers report, which ranks 164 countries on women’s access to health care, education and opportunities.
    Norway is the world’s best place to be a mother, and eight of the 10 top-ranked countries are in Western Europe. The remaining two are in the southern hemisphere, with Australia ranking second and (...) Read more

  • Hungary - New Constitution accepted, poses grave threat to women’s sexual and reproductive rights

    Hungary - New Constitution accepted, poses grave threat to women's sexual and reproductive rights

    [Brussels, 28 April 2011] To the disappointment of local, European and international NGOs, activists, decision makers and the general public, on 25 April, 2011, Hungary’s President, Pál Schmitt, signed the country’s new Constitution into effect as adopted by the Hungarian Parliament on 18 April 2011. The new text — and the process under which it was developed and accepted — has been widely criticised within Hungary and internationally as grossly curtailing human rights and democratic values. (...) Read more

  • Socialist International Women condemn violence against women in Egypt and Libya

    Socialist International Women condemn violence against women in Egypt and Libya

    [Brussels, 26 April 2011] On 9 April 2011 the Socialist International Women released a declaration condemning horrific violence committed against women by (ex) government forces in Egypt and Libya. Read the Declaration of Tequesquitengo below.
    [Tequesquitengo, Mexico, 9 April 2011] Delegates of socialist, social democratic and labour organisations of the Socialist International women gathered in Tequesquitengo, Mexico, on 9 April 2011, hereby voice their outrage at the violence committed (...) Read more

  • France - Maternity leave to count towards pension allocations

    France - Maternity leave to count towards pension allocations

    [Brussels, 18 April 2011] In France, maternity leave is at last to be included in calculations for pension allocations, according to new legislation published yesterday.
    According to the French daily Le Monde, private sector pensions at present differ massively by gender, with women receiving an average of 825 Euros and men 1426 Euros per month.
    Henceforth, the daily stipend a mother receives while on maternity leave is to be counted as part of her salary and thus pension contributions. (...) Read more

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