Obstetric violence is an intersection between institutional violence and violence against women during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum; however, very little is being done in Croatia or beyond to combat it.
Under the patriarchy, women’s sexuality is not seen as a source of power – it is seen as a source of shame. The case of German Green politician Renate Künast who became a victim of online hate speech earlier this year, demonstrates why.
Almost half of all EU member states tax menstrual products as luxury items, in the same category as wine, beer and cigarettes. This is a glaring example of institutionalised gender-based discrimination.