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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.

Online Training on Clinical Forensic Examinations

Online Training on Clinical Forensic Examinations

The University Hospital Heidelberg, one of the project partners in the RiVi project, developed an online training on clinical forensic examinations that is now available to the public. The RiVi project aims at strengthening victims’ rights through improving access to clinical forensic examinations. The online training contributes to this objective by further expanding the knowledge of medical staff towards clinical forensic examinations.

Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty: Implementation of Recommendations

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The Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty was successfully launched in Geneva on 19 November 2019 around the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and presented in Vienna during a press conference. Learn more about the next steps, upcoming events and the toolkit for implementing the recommendations.

Technology and Combating Human Trafficking – Chance or Challenge?

On the occasion of the EU Anti-Trafficking Day, the Austrian Task Force on Combating Human Trafficking holds this year's conference with a focus on new developments that arise by using modern technology while combating human trafficking. It aims to highlight not only opportunities but also challenges within this context.

Diplomatic Academy Vienna, Favoritenstrasse 15a, 1040 Vienna

Festive Event: 30 Years of Children's Rights

On 20.11.1989 the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was adopted by the UN General Assembly and has set basic standards for the protection of the youngest members of our society. The violation of children's rights has serious consequences not only for those affected, but for society at large. Therefore particular importance should be attached to this Convention. 

Vienna City Hall (Festsaal), Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 1, 1010 Vienna

Conference on Women with Disabilities

von li.: BM Ines Stilling, BM Brigitte Zarfl, Sabine Mandl, Elisabeth Udl, Korinna Schumann (Foto: Jörgis Maislinger/Österreichischer Behindertenrat)

The conference organised by the Austrian Council on Disability on 12th of September 2019 aimed at "making women with disabilities visible" in different contexts of their life and realities. Very positive to mention is the great interest shown by political decision-makers (First Lady, Federal Chancellor, two Federal Ministers) who opened the conference. Sabine Mandl from BIM took part in a panel discussion and presented the EU project: Violence against women with disabilities and their access to support structures.

Cyber-Violence against Women and Girls in Austria

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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).

RiVi: Rights of Victims of Survived Bodily Harm and Improved Access to Clinical Forensic Examinations

Surviving victims of physical violence and/or sexual abuse are often traumatised, vulnerable and in urgent need of help. In some cases, they may not be willing to come forward as a victim of crime on their own, or may need time to come forward. Meanwhile, their injuries might have healed. If not documented in a forensically professional way, they may thus have lost key evidence for future court proceedings. A crucial factor for accomplishing significant improvements in victims’ position in criminal or civil proceedings is the knowledge about their rights within the group of medical professionals who are dealing with them.

RiVi Team (v. l. n. r.): Michal Malacka, Bernadett Foldvary, Michael Klintschar, Linder Barbara, Andrea Verzeletti, Petr Hejna, Agnes Taibl

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