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All Women Are Women

Stefanie grew up as a man. Today she is a woman. A super-woman. Or is she?

Transwoman often face discrimination and challenges along their paths becoming a woman.

This project takes a look at being trans in the European Union, Ukraine and in Azerbaijan.

And what it takes to be a women.

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Super [Un]Usual

It is not about to define what a superwoman is.

We do not want to create more stereotypes or tell women what they are supposed to be or do – society already does a pretty good job at this.

“Superness” lies in everyday situations and every female. This story will introduce you to 4 different (but not so different) women. You will learn about their personal stories and get to see the power they show in their everyday life.

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But Can They Drive?

Female taxi drivers are still a rare sight. They face a growing demand by female customers, but also persisting male stereotypes.

Taxis in many countries are operated by men. This story explores the situation of the few women in the industry. What are their experiences? Why did they choose this profession? Is there a market for female-only taxis? And why are there so few women who become taxi drivers?

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Mighty Midwives

Midwives bring life. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared 2020 the year of nurses and midwives, both professions mainly dominated by women. In Austria there is more than 2200 midwives of which only two are male.

Midwifery is one of the oldest occupations, as women have always assisted each other during childbirth. Midwives are with the pregnant women when they are most vulnerable and provide guidance and support. They protect, build trust, and empower women throughout their pregnancy.

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Don`t toss it, donate it

In Ukraine about 95% of waste end up on landfills. This means that approximately five percent of the entire country is covered by dump sites. These huge piles of waste are not only nasty to look at and even worse to smell; they also have a lasting environmental impact and pose a risk to the communities living nearby.

So, how and where can the amount of recycled waste be increased, so it does not end up on a dump site?

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Beating means Loving

According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) over 1,1 million Ukrainian women suffer from physical, sexual
or emotional violence in their families. Only 10% of them will seek help.

There is a Ukrainian belief that beating means loving and inner conflicts should not be shared with others. Especially not with the police.

But there is a way out: The women’s shelter ‘Walnut House‘ offers help to women that reach out. Founded in 2010 as shelter for women in crisis, the shelter is largely funded by a catering service and three cafés in Lviv.

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Leaving or L(v)iving

Thousands of people are leaving Ukraine each year to escape low salaries and unemployment. Many of them are moving to neighbouring countries like Russia or Poland while others take on a long journey to work in North America. Most of them share the same goal: a better, wealthier life for themselves and their families.

This is a story about three people affected by emigration. One of them moved to New York in search of wealth and happiness. One changed continents to live with her family. And one settled in Lviv to pursue her dreams.

How do they feel about the changing face of Ukrainian society?

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ZIK is over

Political, industrial and financial groups are sponsoring the majority of Ukrainian media outlets which aren’t able to sustain themselves through subscription or advertising revenues. The owners can influence coverage and overturn editorial independence to use the outlets for their economical and political goals.This is a major democratic problem.

On June 14th 2019 popular TV-channel ZIK was bought by Taras Kozak, member of the Pro-Russian Opposition Platform Za Zhyttia (For Life). In the aftermath 400 Ukrainian journalists working at ZIK quit their jobs.

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