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What do the Burqa and GDPR have in common? Our Right to Avoid Observation

Two years back, we discussed how Denmark controversially followed France’s example of banning face coverings in public places, hitting niqab-wearing Muslim women the hardest. Was this a justifiable attempt to limit crime and facilitate cultural integration, or an unnecessary attack on freedom of religion, of dress, and of personal boundaries? The debate hasn’t really become […]

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FGM: The Human Rights Violation Still a Taboo in Europe

It’s high time we talked about combatting Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) – and without fuelling hate speech through our words. Last week, the End FGM European Network and the World Solidarity Forum (WSF) co-hosted a seminar in Brussels on how to sensitively and effectively discuss FGM and other forms of gender-based violence – to inspire […]

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How Brexit Could Mean a Shift to the Right for the Whole EU

The far-right undercurrent in Europe is nothing new, but experts are now warning that these former marginal pockets of extremism are gaining support from a much wider and more diverse section of society. This new wave of ultra-conservatism combined with the anticipated exodus of the UK’s stabilising presence in the European Parliament suggests a major […]

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European Nations Named and Shamed for Failing Citizens’ Sexual Health Needs

April this year marked 50 years of family planning being declared a basic human right. This is a timely milestone considering that just a few weeks prior, an intriguing official report called the “Contraception Atlas” was released, comparing 46 countries in the greater European community in terms of their provision of contraceptive services. But how […]