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Estrela revisited: Noichl report calls for aggressive sex ed programmes, abortion, and medically-assisted reproductionleggi
In a meeting of the Committee on Women´s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM Committee) held June 16, a study of the EU budget for gender equality was presented. The Committee confirmed what had already been stressed in a report on the EU Strategy for equality between women and men post 2015 (2014/2151)(INI)) (Noichl Report) – namely, that ‘gender budgeting’ at all levels of the EU is one of the top goals of the European Union. As the study follows the dictum of a principle of gender equality that is based on the unscientific theory of gender the EU budgeting will indirectly help to mainstream a “right to abortion”.
The study “The EU Budget for Gender Equality” was presented by its two authors, Prof. Fiona Beveridge and Dr. Firat Cengiz, both experts from the University of Liverpool. Commissioned by the FEMM Committee, the study makes the argument that the EU budget doesn’t reflect “the EU´s high level commitment to gender equality and gender mainstreaming”, defined by the Council of Europe (page 12) as “the (re)organisation, improvement, development and evaluation of policy processes, so that a gender equality perspective is incorporated in all policies at all levels and at all stages”. According to the study, gender mainstreaming should “be embedded as an implementation method in all aspects of the EU´s resource system, including all titles of the EU budget“.leggi
The European Parliament Platform for Secularism in Politics (EPPSP), whose Advisory Board is composed of 11 different European NGOs, met November 12 to set their objectives for the next five years of the new legislature. Calling for a “right to secularism” was defined as one of its top priorities.
In the ideal world of the European secularists – who think liberal democracy is constantly under threat from religion – citizens who are believers would not have the same right as other citizens to engage in public debate. They would be silenced. And European secularists would consider this democratic progress, freedom or even political neutrality. They argue that the political sphere must be ‘protected’ from all religious belief which continues to influence democracy and human rights. Furthermore, according to those who militantly advocate for a Europe free from religion, it is the Vatican – with its “huge powers” – that is the main threat to modern secular society.
Yesterday, the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) together with the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU (all 28 Member States) held a conference in Brussels on ‘Tackling sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination’. With more than 200 representatives from the 28 Member States and civil society organizations in attendance, the high-level conference pushed for stronger sanctions -- including criminal ones -- against such ‘discrimination’.
But the conference’s agenda was based entirely on the unreliable results of the FRA’s survey on discrimination against LGBTI, which has been much criticized during the past year -- in the media and by many Brussels-based NGOs – because of serious flaws in its design. At yesterday’s conference, despite more questions from the floor about its methodology -- and the rather ideological and unscientific nature of the entire survey – these remained unanswered.