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).
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.
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.
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.
In the framework of the Twinning project “Support to Gender equality“, three trainings for different groups of referees/judges and court advisers took place in February and March 2017 in order to strengthen the capacities of Croatian judges on EU gender equality law and its application in Croatia.
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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.