Society

  • MigSzol: Giving voice to the voiceless in Hungary

    By on March 28, 2017

    Aliz Pocsuvalszki is one of the exceptional individuals acknowledged by the New Europe 100, who bring new energies from Central and Eastern Europe. We met Aliz to find out what it takes to be a change-maker and to stand up for those in Hungary whose voices are hardly heard.

  • ABWAB: the refugee newspaper advocating women's rights

    By on March 16, 2017

    "Women's rights are human rights - they exist for all of us," says Lilian Pithan, the German editor of ABWAB (or "Doors" in English) - the new multilingual newspaper for refugees and locals. This month, for International Women's Day, the newspaper turned its focus to women's issues and gender equality.

  • Meet the male feminists of Europe

    Danish blogger and author Henrik Marstal and German digital & diversity consultant and activist Robert Franken have outed themselves as feminists since 2016; fighting for more gender equality via their initiative Male Feminists for Europe, an international platform boycotting all-male panels with #men4equality. We reached out to them in Copenhagen and Cologne for International Women's Day.

  • Meet the Roma activist fighting against Roma traditions

    By on March 3, 2017

    Social worker Albena Kostadinova is proud of her Roma heritage. She is chair of the NGO Indi Roma, which works to help the Roma community in several Bulgarian cities integrate by helping Roma men and women find stable employment.

  • Anger in Europe over Trump's "Muslim Ban"

    By on Jan. 31, 2017

    US companies are considering lawsuits after Donald Trump's travel ban for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries. Angela Merkel also criticised the order on Monday, while Italy's Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano advised the EU not to criticise Trump in view of its own migration policy. But commentators demand that politicians and businesses must protest the ban more vigorously.

  • How many Europeans took part in Women's Marches?

    By on Jan. 30, 2017

    What are the international repercussions of the Global Women's March? One week on, we look at the huge number of European cities that mobilized to condemn misogyny, machism, hate and intolerance. The flashpoint was the inauguration of Donald Trump, but ultimately the marches were a call in favour of human rights. 

  • Raneem Matouk: How to survive a Syrian prison

    By on Jan. 4, 2017

    According to Amnesty International, more than 18,000 people have died in Syrian prisons under Bashar Al-Assad's regime. Raneem, a Syrian refugee who has lived in Germany since 2015, spent four months in prison, where torture was part of her everyday life.

  • Sans A_: Giving voice to the homeless

    By on Nov. 30, 2016

    Martin hasn’t taken a holiday in two and a half years. It is safe to say that he has been pretty busy recently, overseeing the development of 'Sans A_', a website devoted to the homeless and those who have fallen victims to poverty.

  • Womansplaining gender-based violence in Europe

    By on Nov. 30, 2016

    A study by the European Commission has found that 27% of Europeans think sex without consent is somehow justifiable. 1 in 3 women in the EU over the age of 15 has experienced physical or sexual violence. These everyday occurences of gender-based violences seem to be more deeply rooted than we think. If this isn't a sign that work has to be done, I don't know what is. [OPINION]

  • What's going on with the #CzarnyProtest? A brief recap

    Over the past few weeks, women in Poland have fiercely fought the government's attempts to strengthen the country's abortion laws, which were already some of the strictest in Europe. The #CzarnyProtest has been growing across the EU, and this week saw some dramatic developments. Our Polish editor explains the situation in full.