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   biul_gdansk 2009-03-10 19:58:04 (Newsletter 207)

Women's Day in Poland - Thousands of Demonstrators on the Streets of Major Cities

Polish feminists are marking the International Women’s Day with street marches in Warsaw and other big cities. In Warsaw – the demonstrators chose a motto suggesting that successive governments have been offering women empty words and promises they did not intend to fulfill.

Latvia - one of the Main Destinations of European Sex Tourism

Latvia has signed the Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others in 1992. There are no official numbers of the actual scope of prostitution in Latvia, but clearly, it is a widespread practice. Riga’s reputation as one of the main destinations for European sex-tourism can be seen as an indicator of widespread prostitution.

Polish Women Write to EU Commissioner

The Polish Government is clearly trying to avoid making political decisions which would resolve problems of gender equality as well as non-discrimination.

A New Tool on Violence Against Women in Europe

European Policy Action Center on Violence against Women launches a new website featuring resources from over 30 countries in Europe. This website highlights the huge expertise of grassroots' NGOs and academics, which is gathered in the Observatory. It presents data and reports on the situation in thirty countries from the European Union and neighboring countries.

I’m a Roma Woman, I’m a European Woman, I’m a Woman

The Romedia Foundation, a Budapest-based civil organization (, and Amnesty International initiated a video campaign on Roma women with the support of Duna Television and the Decade of Roma Inclusion.

More than Three Hundred Legal Abortions in Poland

On the Internet website of the Sejm (the Lower Chamber of the Polish parliament) a report was posted that discusses the implementation of the Family Planning Act for the year 2007. (Publication no 1607 of 13 January 2009:

Attack at Roma People in Hungary

A brutal arson attack took place on February 23 in the village of Tatarszentgyorgy, about 40 kilometers from the capital Budapest in which a Roma man and his five-year-old son were shot dead as they were trying to escape from their burning house.

Headscarf Bans for Teachers in Germany

German state bans on religious symbols and clothing for teachers and other civil servants discriminate against Muslim women who wear the headscarf, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

Open Letter of Romani Women to Commissioner Vladimir Spidla on the occasion of the International Women’s Day

While discrimination against women is multifaceted and intersectional, the experience of discrimination faced by Romani women in Europe is even deeper and structural. It makes them a highly vulnerable category among the disadvantaged groups in their access to education, employment, health care and housing.

Care Economy and Care Crisis - WIDE Conference

The WIDE (Women in Development Europe) Annual Conferences allow women from Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe and from the global South to come together and not just share experiences, but critically think through alternatives, actively learn, and network in a supportive space.

Apply for a Job in UNIFEM Bratislava: Programme Specialist/National Programme Officer

Since 2001, UNIFEM Regional Office for CEE based in Bratislava, Slovakia has been supporting and developing innovative and catalytic initiatives promoting women’s rights and gender equality in Central and Eastern European countries (the Western Balkans).

Consultant / UNDP / Location: Home-based, FYR Macedonia /

The project aims to strengthen the capacities of the Local Government Equal Opportunities Commissions (EOC) and Coordinators as a key element contributing to the gender equality policy at the local level.