The annual Gender Equality Index report amongst EU member states was released recently, with Czechia placing 25th out of the 27 EU member states. The report ranks nations based on factors such as power, money, and education to understand the position of women in society. To learn more about the situation in Czechia, I spoke with Lucie Hrdá, a feminist and lawyer based in Prague specializing in sexual and domestic violence.
“I think that it is a very touchy subject – if you mention it, you’re labelled as an angry feminist. This is one of the main problems, if you don’t talk about it, the issue will not just vanish, and in fact it will continue to grow. We don’t talk about the consequences of one of the longest maternity leaves here in Czechia, we don’t talk about pay gaps or the mental load that women take on, we just don’t talk about these issues.”
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Author: Amelia Mola-Schmidt