RH Reality Check, Eastern Europe
Anna Wilkowska-Landowska is a human rights lawyer from Poland, specializing in women’s human rights and working with various human rights NGOs, including NEWW, INTERIGHTS, as well as with intergovernmental organizations. In 2005 she worked as a legal consultant for UNIFEM on developing a program focused on implementation of gender equality laws in the countries of CEE and CIS. She represented a Polish applicant at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, in the case concerning abortion procedures in Poland (Tysiac v. Poland, in which the Court decided there had been a violation of Article 8 of the Convention). Currently she is co-operating with UNIFEM as International Consultant on Women’s Economic Rights in the project entitled “Accountability for Protection of Women’s Human Rights.”
The European Institute for Gender Equality is a new European Union agency intended to support EU Institutions and Member States in promoting gender equality.
A conference of European Ministers focused on gender equality finds that making gender equality a reality – in practice as well as in law – remains a challenge.
A Lithuanian law potentially criminalizes almost any public expression of or information about homosexuality, effectively preventing LGBT people from accessing information, support and protection needed to be free of discrimination and stigma.
What happens when a doctor’s conscience tells him the life of a non-viable fetus is more important than the life of the pregnant woman and what is the responsibility of the state?
The Polish Ministry
of Health is presenting new threatening plans that would limit protection for
women and children within the existing healthcare system.
The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg is currently considering the admissibility of a legal challenge by Irish women, who claim their rights were denied when they were forced to terminate their pregnancies outside Ireland.
International travel to secure a safe abortion is a reality for women around the world, from Kenya,
Mexico, and Poland to Ireland.
German women seeking abortions at a late stage of pregnancy will face stringent consultations and will be required to undergo a waiting period of at least three days before a physician can make a final decision allowing the abortion.
three years, the Hungarian government has finally decided to provide financial
compensation to a Romani woman who was coercively sterilized in 2001.
A new law legalizes "hard case" abortions including rape, fetal deformity, fetal illness or life endangerment, causing reaction from Catholic authorities.