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June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Statutory health insurance pays for medically indicated abortions as it is a legal requirement that statutory insurance covers the costs for medical treatments. In Vienna, women can apply for financial support for an abortion in personal, family-related or financial emergency situations. Out-patient abortions can be carried out in six hospitals" (27).
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: ERBG-DATA-6

"The number of female self-employed entrepreneurs has risen steadily in recent years. At 8.4 per cent, women have founded more businesses than men (6.8 per cent). Women account for 36 per cent of self-employed people in Austria, which is above the EU average of 32 per cent. In 2014, 32 per cent of sole proprietor businesses were founded by women" (39).
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: AW-PRACTICE-1

"The number of places in women’s shelters increased over the reporting period. Currently, 26 autonomous and four other women’s shelters offer a total of 766 places. Female asylum seekers are generally taken in in women’s shelters, and cooperations exist with homes for asylum seekers" (17). "The Austrian Asylum Act states that interviews of asylum seekers whose sexual self-determination has been violated must be conducted by a person of the same sex if the applicant does not prefer the opposite. Asylum seekers must be evidently informed about this option. The Act also states that applications by asylum seekers who are likely to be suffering from a pathological psychological stress disorder due...more
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-2

"UNDOK, a trade union organisation which provides support to undocumented workers, was founded at the end of 2013. The goal of the organisation is to close the existing gap in the support system for victims of labour exploitation. It serves as an interface between relevant consultation centres in the field of asylum and migration law, organisations specialised in the protection of victims of human trafficking, migrant organisations and workers’ organisations" (37).
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-1

"A number of nationwide and provincial initiatives, projects and support mechanisms for women and girls are designed to overcome access barriers to education, training and work opportunities in the fields of natural science and technology. Many initiatives can be found at the online platform www.meine-technik.at. It provides comprehensive information for the target group, i.e. women and girls, as well as interested teachers, companies and parents. The platform has about 4,600 visitors every month and currently provides information about 336 projects free of charge. Existing successful initiatives to reduce gender-based stereotypes in the context of career choices will be continued and expanded. For example, an action day called Girls’ day has...more
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: SMES-DATA-1

"Among households with children, persons in single-parent households (31 per cent) or in multi-person households with three children or more (24 per cent) have the highest poverty risk. More than 25 per cent of all people live in a household where the main breadwinner is a woman. This group includes women who live alone, single mothers and their children as well as persons in families where a woman makes the largest contribution to the household income. The risk of poverty for these households amounts to 20 per cent. Households with a man as the main earner have a risk of 12 per cen" (41).
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: PHBP-PRACTICE-2

"Gender aspects have been consistently incorporated into the National Strategy on Violence Prevention in Schools. Information and teaching material, workshops, dialogues and qualification initiatives for students and key multipliers in schools all address (sexual) violence against women and girls, honour crimes, stereotyped beauty ideals for girls, bullying in schools and anti-sexist boys work" (16-17).
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: SRACE-PRACTICE-2

"Furthermore, women who seek work and want to improve their qualification skills can consult job centres for women which offer comprehensive services and individual consulting. After a pilot phase from 2010-2012, job centres for women can now be found all across Austria. They supported more than 9,200 women in 2015" (23).
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: GIC-LAW-3

"Employees in federal service have had the right to a 'baby month' since 2011. The baby month is unpaid parental leave for fathers and can be used for a maximum of four weeks after the birth of a child. Between the beginning of 2011 and the end of 2016, 1,927 fathers made use of the baby month. Seven provinces have introduced similar options" (11). "Since 1 March 2017, fathers have been able to take a 'daddy month' ('family leave') in the private sector as well. After the birth of a child, fathers can spend between 28 and 31 days at home with their family. During this time, they receive a...more
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-3

"According to an annual study of the top 200 enterprises conducted by the Chamber of Labour, the representation of women in leadership and decision-making positions in the private sector is slowly increasing. In 2011, 4.4 per cent of CEOs and 10.3 per cent of supervisory board members were women. These numbers increased to 7.2 per cent and 17.7 per cent respectively by January 2016. There is no legal requirement for gender parity in leadership and decision-making positions in the private sector" (8). "The leadership programme Future.women prepares women who are potential candidates for leadership positions in their company for management and supervisory board positions. A publicly accessible database for female...more
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-3

"In addition to that, the organisation NINLIL 2015 has been officially recognised as a service centre for women with disabilities" (30).
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: ATFPA-PRACTICE-3

"In order to overcome gender-based stereotypes, a number of projects, public events and studies were carried out. The organisation Gender Platform held a subsidised workshop series in 2011, 2012 and 2014. The aim was to raise awareness about gender-based stereotypes, increase self-reflection and find a more gender-sensitive approach to schooling and teaching. The target group were educational institutions such as schools and kindergartens" (11-12).
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The new Action Plan on Women’s Health includes outcome-oriented targets and measures for the promotion and protection of sexual health of girls and young women. Competent, age-appropriate sexual education aims to increase knowledge about one’s own body and sexuality and at the same time reduce the number of teenage pregnancies and abortions. Statutory health insurance pays for medically indicated abortions as it is a legal requirement that statutory insurance covers the costs for medical treatments" (27).
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: GIC-LAW-1

"The participation and contribution of fathers slightly increased as a result of current child allowance provisions. A reform of child allowance legislation, which became effective on 1 March 2017, changed the current system. While formerly four different general child allowance options were available, the system is now based on a child allowance account. This will add flexibility, freedom of choice and fairness to the child allowance system. Furthermore, a partner bonus will be introduced as an additional incentive for sharing childcare and household work. Both parents receive a one-off payment of 500 euros each if they are granted child allowance for roughly the same time, i.e. the period during which...more
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Furthermore, an additional victim category for highly vulnerable victims was created, including victims whose sexual integrity or right to self-determination might have been violated, who might have been subjected to domestic violence or who are under age. These persons have extended victims’ rights. In particular, they have the right to demand that a person of the same sex conducts the interrogation, if possible. In addition to that, highly vulnerable victims have the right to an adversary interrogation without physical presence of the suspect (this is a mandatory requirement for victims of sexual crimes who are under age). Moreover, they have the right to be immediately and officially informed about the...more
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: SRACE-PRACTICE-1

"In order to strengthen women’s representation in leading positions in sports associations, further initiatives were implemented between 2015 and 2016. The boards of all 60 professional associations in Austria, the three governing bodies and selected federal sports associations were surveyed for the 2016 Sports Bodies Report. On an aggregate level including all organisations mentioned, the percentage of female board members has decreased by 1 per cent since 2011 and currently stands at 13 per cent. Moreover, a strategy group on gender equality in sports was founded in 2015. The group consists of representatives from all leading sports organisations in Austria. In their work they focus on a balanced share of...more
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: ATFPA-PRACTICE-1

"In 2015, a project called Men and the reconciliation of work and family life was launched by federal ministries in cooperation with research institutes and social partners. One of the project’s goals is to develop strategies to improve general conditions in companies in order to promote a fair distribution of childcare and household work and build awareness about the positive effects of shared responsibility for parenting. Moreover, an online calculator was introduced in November 2016. The simple tool is available free of charge at www.gleich-berechnet.gv.at and allows parents to calculate the implications of a fair distribution of employment and childcare on the shared household income" (11).
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Discrimination based on gender is prohibited in terms of access to and supply with goods and services. It is not prohibited, however, in the fields of education and social protection. In these areas, protection against discrimination only applies to discrimination based on ethnicity. There is no protection for cases of discrimination based on other grounds outside of the work environment. So far, no agreement could be reached on a political level to adjust provisions regarding protection outside of the work environment" (7). "Austria already reported on this specific recommendation in the follow-up report of March 2015. In addition to that, the inter-ministerial Working Group on the Protection of Women against...more
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: GP-DATA-3

"Since 2000, the inter-ministerial Working Group for Gender Mainstreaming/ Budgeting has supported gender mainstreaming and gender budgeting processes at federal administration level. In order to coordinate activities to promote women’s rights and equality between the federal and the provincial level, a regional dialogue, a conference for regional heads of women’s departments and a meeting of anti-discrimination offices take place annually. In addition to that, regular meetings of human rights coordinators from the federal ministries and provincial administrations are held" (6). "Since 1 January 2009, de-facto equality of men and women in public budgeting has been defined as an objective in the Federal Constitution. This requirement has been implemented in federal...more
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: NGOFW-PRACTICE-1

"Furthermore, a dialogue with non-governmental organisations whose aim is to fight discrimination and to promote the principle of equal treatment is held annually in keeping with the Equal Treatment Act. This dialogue usually focuses on existing challenges. For example, the most recent event addressed the issue of discrimination and hate on the net" (6). ". In addition to that, the organisation NINLIL 2015 has been officially recognised as a service centre for women with disabilities" (30.
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"The Action Plan on Women’s Health will be another important step towards more gender-responsive healthcare and health promotion for women and girls in different stages of life. The Action Plan contains 40 different measures for these phases — youth, working age and old age — and will be steadily implemented with the help of a number of experts and stakeholders. The Action Plan represents the framework for a coordinated approach of all bodies involved in the promotion of women’s health. Furthermore, the Minister for Women and Health provides annual subsidies to health centres for women. In 2015, funding amounted to 75,000 euros" (40). "A breast cancer screening programme has been...more
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

"Between 2011 and 2015, the gender pay gap in Austria decreased from 23.5 to 21.7 per cent. However, Austria’s gender pay gap is still one of the biggest in the EU" (25).
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"In the province of Vorarlberg, a platform named Lawyers for marriage and family law informs women about divorce and socio-economic consequences of divorce" (31).
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Achieving a balanced gender ratio in scientific leadership positions, scientific bodies and young scientific/artistic staff is one of the targets of Austria’s outcome-oriented budget management. Having a balanced gender ratio in research, teaching and academic administration is one of the priorities of the Austrian University Development Plan for 2016 to 2021" (9). "In 2011, an Anti-Sexism Committee was integrated into the complaint procedure at the Austrian Advertising Council. The Committee provides academic expertise on complaints about gender-based discrimination in advertising. The Committee’s assessment informs the Council’s opinion on whether to recommend withdrawing the commercial in question. This is only a recommendation, however, and not a binding decision. The number of...more
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: GP-DATA-1

"Currently, 25 per cent of members of the Federal Government (ministers and state secretaries) are women. Between 2011 and 2013, more than 40 per cent of Austrian ministers were female" (10). "Only 7 per cent of all mayors are female" (10).
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1

"Moreover, the African Women’s Organisation initiated several projects which focused on female genital mutilation and medical and social support and counselling for African women and girls" (17). "Another initiative is the Vienna Action Plan against FGM which focuses on prevention and medical care. In this context, seminars were held for 300 kindergarten teachers, 250 staff members from seven hospital delivery wards and 60 youth social workers" (17).
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4

"On 1 January 2016, new provisions for medical examinations of sex workers were introduced. While health tests previously took place weekly, they are now conducted every six weeks. Furthermore, public health officers are required to inform sex workers during the first examination about infection risks, ways to avoid infections, contraception, gynaecological screenings and protective vaccinations. Sex workers must also be informed about existing support and counselling institutions in this initial conversation. The provisions also clearly state that examinations are free of charge. The Working Group on Prostitution published a multilingual brochure containing information for sex workers about essential rights and obligations, infection prevention and important points of contact. It was...more
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: AW-LAW-1

"The Austrian Asylum Act states that interviews of asylum seekers whose sexual self-determination has been violated must be conducted by a person of the same sex if the applicant does not prefer the opposite. Asylum seekers must be evidently informed about this option. The Act also states that applications by asylum seekers who are likely to be suffering from a pathological psychological stress disorder due to torture or other severe forms of psychological, physical or sexual violence must not be turned down immediately at the beginning of the asylum procedure. The special needs of these applicants must be taken into account over the course of the asylum procedure" (29-30).more
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"In August 2013, the penalty range for pimping was increased from one to two years. This change better reflects the objectionable nature of the offence and should allow for more extensive investigation measures (mainly phone tapping), which in turn aims to increase the chances of convicting perpetrators. (...) Furthermore, the 2015 Act Amending the Penal Code introduced a new provision regarding the violation of sexual self-determination. Customers who are aware that a woman is a victim of human trafficking and use her sexual services nonetheless — without using violence themselves — are punishable under this provision" (36).
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: ERBG-LAW-1

"As a result of the 2011 Amendment to the GlBG, legal access for people affected by wage discrimination was increased. The Amendment improved transparency rules, expanded the right of the GAW to obtain information and increased investigation possibilities during the procedure before the Equal Treatment Commission" (39).