Archives May 2019

Romania – LGBTI Rights: Accession too soon? Better something than nothing.

By Charles Slidders Romania has a deeply entrenched homophobic culture and, together with Slovakia, competes for the title of the most homophobic country in Europe. Despite joining the European Union and the Council of Europe, and purportedly adopting European values, the country continues to hold deeply prejudicial views of homosexuals. According to the 2015 Eurobarometer public opinion survey, only 36 per cent of Romanians believe that gay, lesbian and bisexual people should have the same rights as heterosexuals, only 24 per cent believe there is nothing wrong with a relationship between two people of the same sex, and only 21 per cent think gay marriage should be legal across Europe.

Taking the World by Storm(ont): Power Sharing in Northern Ireland

By Ashley Reynolds Home to one of the longest conflicts in post-WWII Europe, Northern Ireland continues to deal with the legacy of The Troubles and its resulting political consequences. The Troubles, which lasted from 1969 to 1998, caused more than 3,300 deaths and 47,500 injuries across the territory. While several parties were involved in the violence, two main groups dominated the political landscape: nationalists, who believe Northern Ireland should be part of the Republic of Ireland, and unionists, who believe Northern Ireland should remain in the United Kingdom.

How Your Gender Impacts Your Health

By Liesbet Debecker Recently, I was struck down by one of the severe migraines that have plagued me since puberty. In between trying not to cry or vomit from the pain, I struggled for an answer as to why there was no efficient cure for something so debilitating. As it turns out the answer is not a pleasant one: migraines predominantly affect women and as a result of this, according to multiple academics, have remained largely ignored by science. Unfortunately, this is not the only way that gender affects health. From the actual ailments suffered to diagnosis and treatment, there are a lot of differences based on sex in the way healthcare is received.

Uncovered: the Complicated Relationship between Sport and Hijab

By Cassandra Bockstael Sport is consistently based in discrimination. Often competitions are single gender exclusive, categories are created depending on weight, age, (dis)ability or nationality. This organisation of the sport system is based on what would, in any other context, amount to illegal discrimination. Yet almost all major sporting competitions are structured around those rules. Consequently, this raises the question of when and to what extent are those conditions allowed?