Misinformation about individuals fleeing their home countries has created a social climate, which seems to prioritize the protection from refugees rather than the protection of refugees.
Women's Rights/ Children's Rights/ Trafficking in Human Beings
Half of the refugess world wide are women and girls. They are fleeing from war, violence, terror, famine, political or religious persecution - they are also fleeing from forced marriage, prohibition of work and education, female genital mutulation or rape. Gender specific reasons, which are not part of the Geneva Refugee Convention. Women are exposed to dangers on their flight and in the refugee camps of host countries. They become victims of sexual violence at the hands of human traffickers, security personel and other male refugees.
In 2016 the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) of the Council of Europe evaluated the implementation of the Istanbul Convention (the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence) in Austria, which came into force in 2014.
The assessment was carried out based on the first Austrian government report, a shadow report (compiled by 30 NGOs, including a contribution from Sabine Mandl of the BIM) and a visit of GREVIO representatives to Austria in 2016.
After participating at the annual N-O-W-conference in Vienna, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institut for Human Rights is joining the N-O-W-network.
Based on a private initative, the network advanced to a nonpartisan and internationally enterprise, based in Vienna. Its goal is to aspire to a respectful and appreciative social coexistence. To this end, it links active initiatives and individuals, informs about social changes and supports the assumption of responsibility.
At 03. und 04. of April already the 17th OSCE Alliance against Trafficking in Persons Conference takes place in Vienna. During panel 2 on 04.04. Helmut Sax will discuss Protection of children and best practise. Also he will present the annual GRETA-Report focusing trafficking of children.
For further information of this event see this link: http://www.osce.org/event/alliance17
Research project commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection (BMASK). For the first time in Austria this empirical study strives to gather representative data on the diverse experiences of abuse and violence of persons with disabilities. The study focuses on women and men with disabiliteis who live in residental institutions or other specialised services and covers their different experiences of violence in all stages of life.
In the light of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence from the 25th of November until the 10th of December we would like to focus on gender specific violence against refugee women and girls. A topic which received little attention, so far. Only few relevant data is available on the specific situation and violence that women or girls have experienced after leaving their home countries in direction to Europe.
Sabine Mandl hold a speech on "violence against refugee women and girls" at a seminar for multipliers working for the catholic women's movement on the topic: "active for peace - women for a more equal world" on 12th of Novemer 2016 in Linz.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day on the 8th of March 2016, we take a look at the special situation of women and girls, who are exposed to huge risks and distress in various situations on their journey to Europe.