Thursday, Aug 06, 2020 | Last Update : 01:46 AM IST

135th Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra46826530552116476 Tamil Nadu2734602148154461 Andhra Pradesh1864611043541681 Karnataka151449746792804 Delhi1402321261164044 Uttar Pradesh104388605581857 West Bengal83800589621846 Telangana7095850814576 Gujarat65704485612529 Bihar6203140760349 Assam4816233429115 Rajasthan4667932832732 Haryana3779631226448 Odisha3768124483258 Madhya Pradesh3508225414912 Kerala279561629988 Jammu and Kashmir2239614856417 Punjab1901512491462 Jharkhand140705199129 Chhatisgarh10109761369 Uttarakhand8008484795 Goa7075511460 Tripura5520367528 Puducherry4147253758 Manipur301818147 Himachal Pradesh2879171013 Nagaland24056594 Arunachal Pradesh179011053 Chandigarh120671520 Meghalaya9173305 Sikkim7832971 Mizoram5022820
  World   Europe  19 Jun 2020  Protesters call on Romania's president to reject gender studies ban

Protesters call on Romania's president to reject gender studies ban

AP
Published : Jun 19, 2020, 10:43 am IST
Updated : Jun 19, 2020, 10:43 am IST

Romania’s parliament had approved the bill to ban gender studies bill on Tuesday

 A protester stands outside the presidential palace in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 18, 2020, during a rally against a law banning the teaching of gender studies. (AP)
  A protester stands outside the presidential palace in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 18, 2020, during a rally against a law banning the teaching of gender studies. (AP)

Bucharest: Dozens of protesters gathered Thursday in Romania’s capital to express their opposition to a law banning the teaching of gender studies in the country’s schools and universities.

People carrying banners and wearing masks — some with an “x” taped across them — attended the hour-long rally outside Bucharest’s Cotroceni Palace, the official residence of President Klaus Iohannis, calling on him to refrain from signing the bill and send it back to parliament, which approved the legislation Tuesday.

 

Some of the banners read: “This is an attack on the autonomy of the universities,” “Open minds not closed doors” and “Biological sex is not gender identity.”

“We think this is an assault against the transgender community in Romania,” said Vlad Viski, president of MozaiQ, an LGBT organization. “All in all, approximately 12 articles of the constitution are violated if this law passes.”

The law has been also strongly criticized by several Romanian universities and student organizations, which see it as an attack on academic freedoms and human rights.

Neighbouring Hungary passed similar legislation in 2018, removing accreditation and funding for gender studies at the university level. Hungary recently also banned transgender people from changing their gender on official documents.

 

In nearby Poland, meanwhile, President Andrzej Duda, who is seeking a second term in an election next week, has described the LGBT rights movement as more dangerous than communism and signed a “Family Charter” that pledges to “ban the propagation of LGBT ideology in public institutions” and oppose same-sex marriages and adoption.

Tags: romanian parliament, gender studies, ban, poland, president andrzej duda, lgbtqia+, hungary