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11.08.2017
Documentation of the Expert Meeting „Avoiding elder abuse in the home care of people with dementia” is now online.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO 2015), one out of every ten of the elderly experience violence every month. In particular, people with dementia are at risk of suffering violence. The majority of people with dementia in Europe are cared for at home by family members. The causes of violence in the care are usually a sign of lack of knowledge about the illness, exhaustion or being overburdened. Within this European exchange a total of 19 participants from science, practice and...

09.08.2017
How do European countries support family carers? A look at work-life balance policies in Germany, Austria and Belgium – Newsletter of the Observatory

Questions of reconciling work and care and support for family carers move with increasing speed to the centre of policy debates in European countries. For this newsletter, we have invited experts to present political measures that support family carers. A special focus is on existing instruments in Germany, Austria and Belgium. To view the latest issue of our Newsletter please click here.

10.04.2017
Support for family caregivers in Europe

How do European member states support family caregivers? This report shows which forms of long-term leave exist in several EU member states for family caregivers who care for a dependent relative at home. It also shows, whether there is some form of financial benefit available for the caregiver during the leave. The support arrangements of 14 EU member states are presented in brief descriptions and overview tables. Please find the report here.

10.03.2017
How European member states implement the 2030 Agenda and the goal of gender equality

The member states of the United Nations are responsible for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals, short SDGs. All 193 member states are currently confronted with the task of formulating national measures to translate the SDGs into concrete action. This working paper provides an overview of the current developments and national approaches for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in three European member states: Germany, Estonia and Sweden. The focus of...

13.01.2017
Why the judicial systems in Germany and France hardly apply CEDAW

The United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, or CEDAW, is the most important human rights tool under international law for women. The convention came into effect in 1981 and obliges States Parties to formal, actual equality for women in all areas of life, including the private arena. The central requirement is the implementation of CEDAW in State Parties’ legal systems. This requires awareness and application of CEDAW in justice systems. One way...

13.01.2017
Muslim social welfare in Austria and Germany – Newsletter of the Observatory

Muslim social welfare is more relevant than ever both in Austria and Germany. Read about expectations and policies of the relevant federal ministries and the plans of the Islamic Faith Community in Austria to set up a “Muslim Caritas”. You can also find information on culture-sensitive elderly care.To view the latest issue of our Newsletter please click here.

15.12.2016
Working Paper No. 14 " Migration of health-care workers from the new EU Member States to Germany - Major trends, drivers and future perspective"

Given the importance of migration for the sustainability of formal health-care provision this paper examines the main migration trends from the new EU Member States to Germany in the health-care sector. It also sheds light on how the need for health-care services in selected regions of Eastern Europe is likely to evolve and discusses the key factors responsible for intra-European migration in the health-care sector. Please find this working paper here.