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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.

International Symposium – Childhood, Youth and Society IX

On 18th and 19th of April 2018 Helmut Sax (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights) will be one of the keynote speakers and panelists at the International Symposium – Childhood, Youth and Society IX at the Festspielhaus Bregenz. He will be holding a keynote on the implementation of the UN Convention for the Rights of the Child from the perspective of young people and will join a panel discussion on "Why have childrens' rights? Visions and expectations from three countries"

Festspielhaus Bregenz, Symphonikerplatz

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. 

BIM is joining the N-O-W-Network

Logo (c) NOW-Network

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). This research project is currently implemented by the Institute for the Sociology of Law and Criminology (Lead), queraum and BIM. 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.