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Women's Rights

On the one hand, women’s human rights are embedded at the BIM in the research area of ‘Women’s Rights, Children’s Rights and Trafficking in Human Beings’. On the other hand, women’s human rights as a cross-cutting topic forms part of projects of other research areas of the BIM, such as Development Cooperation and Business, European Neighbourhood and Integration Policy and Antidiscrimination, Asylum and Migration.
In order to promote a comprehensive and systematic implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) the BIM supports the Austrian NGO-CEDAW-Committee 'Frauen:Rechte Jetzt!'.

Cyber-Violence against Women and Girls in Austria

Logo Cyber-Violence against Women and Girls in Austria

In the period from 2017 to 2018 - on behalf of the Federal Chancellery and the Ministry for Health and Women's Affairs - a study and brochure on "Cyber-Violence against Women and Girls in Austria" were produced by the Research Centre Human Rights at the University of Vienna in cooperation with the victims protection association Weisser Ring and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (coordinators: Anna Müller-Funk, Research Centre Human Rights / BIM, and Dina Nachbaur, Weisser Ring).

Fluchtpunkt – Gender

Sabine Mandl, women's rights expert at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, participated in the panel discussion: "Fluchtpunkt Gender", organized by the OIIP (Austrian Institute for International Affairs), on 2.10.2018.

The discussion with Sabine Mandl, Livia Styp-Rekowska from the International Organization for Migration – IOM and Judith Haller from the Austrian Red Cross was focused on women's rights and violence against women in the context of flight and migration.

Quota for Women in Supervisory Boards – International Perspectives

Quotas for women in supervisory boards (i.e. board of directors) have been gaining increasing importance internationally. The legitimacy and effects of such quotas on economic and socio-legal dynamics are intensely debated. The panel takes on this discussion and addresses questions of conflicts of law, which arise for compaies operating in a cross-border context. These legal aspects will be considered from a practical, dogmatic, political and theoretical perspective.

U17 Juridicum, Schottenbastei 10–16, 1010 Vienna

Frauenleben.heute – Women in Flight

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. 

Seminarraum 15.04, Wissensturm, Volkshochschule Linz, Kärntnerstraße 26 4020 Linz

Council of Europe Experts Group on "Violence against Women in Austria": Although much has been achieved, a call for action is still needed!

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. 

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.