This week read about Poland and Hungary removing "gender equality" from a resolution about social solidarity, and civil rights groups opposing a bill that criminalizes gay relationships in Uganda.

Poland, Hungary Block ‘Gender Equality’ from EU Summit

As the European Union works to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, Poland and Hungary successfully lobbied for the word "gender equality" to be removed from a Friday resolution on advancing social solidarity.

According to Reuters, Poland’s nationalists ruling Law and Justice party and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán have repeatedly clashed with their more liberal western peers over the rights of women, gay people and migrants.

Although an earlier draft of their statement said that the block will "promote gender equality," the final version seen by Reuters says, "We will step up efforts to fight discrimination and work actively to close gender gaps ... and to promote equality."

"The fact is that men and women should be treated equally," Orbán told reporters. He stated he was against speaking of "gender," which he considered an "ideologically motivated expression."


Rights Groups Fight Against Anti-Gay Bill


Parliament of Uganda. Photo via Facebook.

Uganda's Sexual Offences Bill, which criminalizes same-sex relationships, has been criticized by the United Nations and civil rights organizations.

According to The East Africa Monitor, the bill was approved by Uganda's parliament on Monday, and although it has yet to be finalized, the UN has expressed new reservations about the current version, warning that it discriminates against whole classes of people, including homosexuals and sex workers.

Uganda's contentious Sexual Offenses Bill was first introduced in 2015, and the new laws have evolved considerably since then. Rights activists condemned the plans as soon as they were made public, citing fears over prejudice against gay groups and individuals.

Under this bill, consensual same-sex relationships will be punished with potential jail terms of up to 10 years.