The German Federal Constitutional Court has ordered the legislature to provide a third gender option beside male or female in the country’s birth registry – or else do away altogether with information on gender in civil status. This puts Germany in a position to play a leading role in Europe on this issue.
The three female justices of the US Supreme Court - Elana Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg und Sonia Sotomayor - carry out adamant questionings while hearing the case Whole Woman's Health vs. Hellerstedt - and thus show the inconsistent argumentation for the Texas law HB2, that caused 23 out of 41 so-called abortion clinics in Texas to close between 1992 and today.
On November 7, 2013, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided that homosexual asylum seekers who are subject to criminal prosecution in their home countries be granted asylum in EU Member States. An important judgment that is, however, a drop in the ocean in the light of the EU’s policy of closure with regard to asylum and refugee policy.
This groundbreaking resolution sent a significant message to many countries,including Israel. The principles of the decision, which emphasize representation of women in peace negotiations and increased protection of women and children against violence in conflict situations, were found to be very relevant to the Israeli society.
The contest was a great success. The Atlantic Community received more than one hundred articles on the Arab uprisings, UN resolution 1325, the role of women in conflict dynamics, the international arms trade, cultural diplomacy, Afghanistan, Iran and on climate change.
Presently, 37 countries have approved national action plans and numerous others are currently in the drafting phase. The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom has published a comprehensive and detailed overview.