About Me:<br />I am a senior Exercise Science major with minors in Coaching and Strength & Conditioning<br />I live with my amazing boyfriend of 2 years, Ben, and our kittens Smokey and Lil<br />I am a full time student at MSUM and a full time manager at Family Dollar<br />I enjoy hockey and all sports, and spend most my spare time with my friends.<br />
Slovakia<br />Slovakian became an independent nation on January 1, 1993 after peacefully dissolving from the former Czechoslovakia<br />Slovakia drafted a constitution based on equal rights and democratic ideas similar to those of other industrialized nations<br />The Slovakian Constitution guarantees equal rights to women and men.<br />
Slovakian Constitution<br />Women and men are complementing humans and should be treated equally<br />Women and men demand equal rights and responsibilities despite differences<br />Women and men deserve and will be given the same rights in society<br />Women are identical in human rights as men and will be treated as such<br />
CEDAW & ICPD<br />The Convention on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) & The International Conference on Population and Development Program of Action (ICPD) <br />Both are dedicated to ensuring women in Slovakia equal rights and preserving women’s rights for contraception <br />
Threat To Equal Rights: Conscience Concordat<br />Slovakia is currently considering enter a concordat with the Vatican<br />A concordat is an international treaty between the Vatican and another country which would strictly enforce Catholic ideals in government laws<br />The “Conscience Concordat” would mean an end to a woman’s right to purchase/use contraceptives and bring an end to abortions even if the woman’s life is at risk<br />
Separation of Church & State<br />Since becoming an independent nation, Slovakia has had a separation of Church and State<br />If a concordat would to be signed, it would end the separation and contradict the Slovakian Constitution<br />If a Catholic based government takes over, women’s rights would take the hardest hit <br />
Uncertain Future<br />Concordat still not signed but is a huge threat<br />If concordat comes into effect, women’s rights to abortions and other reproductive rights will be denied<br />Roman Catholic faith hinders the rights of women <br />In respect to women’s rights, the war of church vs. state would be won by the church<br />The Slovakian Constitution would have many rights eliminated from it<br />
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