How Hungary and Poland have silenced women and stifled human rights

In the women’s movement in Central Europe, there are few moments to celebrate. Polish women successfully preventing a total ban on abortion from coming into law recently was one of them.

Andrea Pető   Weronika Grzebalska23. 10. 2016

Back in Dresden: a return to normalcy

We visited Dresden again in April and August of this year, not only to visit our friends and volunteers, but also to record refugees’ stories for a Czech audience.

Michal Majzner18. 10. 2016

I am not able to dismiss my homeland

We met with Mrs. Gharam, a teacher from Syria, in Dresden, and she told us her story, explaining why she left her homeland and how life was after coming to Germany.

Gharam18. 10. 2016


In all V4 countries we can see quite significant difference betweeen monthly earning of women and men. The regional average for average earnings is 18.7%. With the exception of Poland the gap in average earnings is higher than in the case of median earnings. The segregation of labour market plays its role here – the average earnings are increased by men employed in well-paid sectors (horizontal segregation) or on top positions (vertical segregation). The biggest gap in average salaries is in Slovakia and the Czech Republic – in both cases over 20% followed by Poland with 17% and the smallest gap is in Hungary – only 13%. For median data for only 3 countries are avaiable and the situation is quite different. The biggest gap is in Poland (22%) followed by Slovakia (17%) and the smallest in the Czech Republic.

Women earn less than men in the V4: A punishment for home and childcare?

The gendered discrepancies in earnings is significant in the V4. The causes of the pay gap are complex, reflecting a variety of problems both in national economies and societies.