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Women's Rights/ Children's Rights/ Trafficking in Human Beings

The three heterogeneous human rights topics have specific approaches, but are also marked with similarities.

First, it is an issue of rights of certain social groups (women, children), by strengthening and emancipating them and the need for mainstreaming their rights. In women's rights the gender dimension is an essential element. In the field of children's rights, the generation and age dimension are of great significance. Women’s and children’s right play a conducive role in the development of human rights between private entities (obligation to protect).

Human trafficking provides close ties with both protection of women’s rights as well as of children’s rights. Human trafficking means transportation of persons within a country or across borders by means of for example use of force or of deception for the purpose of exploitation.

Human trafficking has attained much attention on the international and European level, however, with modest success. The challenge is to reach a balance between the well developed law enforcement and the cooperation for protection of victim and prevention of trafficking and to provide monitoring mechanisms based on human rights in all these areas.

Concerning all three research areas the team identifies questions concerning “protection from violence and exploitation”, “access to justice” and “monitoring” as essential part of the research programme. With regard to methodology, a participatory research methodology with persons affected by human rights violations is applied.

BIM is joining the N-O-W-Network

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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.

Trafficking in Children and the Best Interests of the Child

 17th Alliance against Trafficking in Persons Conference (OSCE), Copyright: OSCE

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:

Neuer Saal, 2nd floor, Hofburg, Vienna

Experiences and prevention of violence against persons with disabilities

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.

16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence - Persecution and Asylum

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.

Every – four – years again: Council of Europe/GRETA Report on Trafficking in Human Beings in Austria

On 12 October 2015, the Council of Europe has published its latest report on Austria’s actions against trafficking in human beings. GRETA – the CoE’s body monitoring implementation of the Anti-Trafficking Convention – notes four years after the first assessment progress but also continuing weaknesses.

Final European Conference on the project: “Access To Specialised Victim Support Services For Women with Disabilities Who Have Experienced Violence”

From left to right: Elisabeth Löffler (Ninlil, Austria), Mridul Wadhwa (Shakti Women's Aid, United Kingdom), Teresa Lugstein (make it - Salzburg, Austria), Þorbera Fjölnisdóttir ( Öryrkjabandalag Íslands/Organisation of Disabled in Iceland), Dorothea Brozek (moderator)

The final European conference on the project, “Access To Specialised Victim Support Services For Women with Disabilities Who Have Experienced Violence” took place on Wednesday, January 28 at the House of the European Union in Vienna. As part of a comparative study carried out in four countries (Germany, the United Kingdom, Iceland and Austria), the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) has investigated how women with disabilities experience violence and what support they receive in such situations.