Berlin Lawmakers Seek Gender Equality in Their Traffic Lights

Berlin Lawmakers Seek Gender Equality in Their Traffic Lights

Caroline Winter – Businessweek – Wednesday, 28 May 2014 (originally published 22 May) For decades, Berlin’s pedestrian crossings have been ruled by squat red and green men wearing hats. They are Germany’s iconic Ampelmännchen—the “little stoplight men” that grace many of the country’s walk signals. Now, Berlin lawmakers are demanding gender quotas for their capital city’s […]

Women's rights activists stage flash mobs across Germany

Women's rights activists stage flash mobs across Germany

Carl Nasman – Deutsche Welle – Wednesday, 19 February 2014 In Germany and around the world, demonstrators are trying to encourage public discussion of women’s rights and draw attention to gender violence. Dozens of demonstrations were held in Germany over the weekend. Meanwhile in Europe, thousands of women marched through Madrid in early February, protesting […]

Morning-after pill contemplated by German bishops

Morning-after pill contemplated by German bishops

DW – Tuesday, 19 February 2013 (originally published 18 Feb) Morning-after pills for rape victims might be accepted by Catholic bishops in Germany, according to their chairman Robert Zollitsch. The clerics have begun a four-day conference facing hefty pressure to adopt reforms. Catholic bishops began their assembly in the Moselle river city of Trier on […]

Immigrants Flee Families to Find Themselves

Immigrants Flee Families to Find Themselves

Antje Windmann – Spiegel Online – Friday, 13 April 2012 (originally published 11 Apr) Bahar ran away early on a winter morning, one-and-a-half years after her mother was murdered. She helped her younger siblings get ready for school, and then she gave them a goodbye kiss on the forehead. Her uncle and her brothers were […]

ANALYSIS-German boards race to appoint women to escape quota

ANALYSIS-German boards race to appoint women to escape quota

Marilyn Gerlach and Sarah Marsh – Thomson Reuters Foundation TrustLaw – Wednesday, 13 July, 2011 (originally published 11 July) The European Union has been consulting on whether companies should be required to follow women quotas FRANKFURT/BERLIN, July 11 (Reuters) – German firms, lagging European peers in appointing women to board posts, have stepped up their […]