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A female Roma, or Gypsy, band in Serbia has used music to preach women's empowerment within their community. Formed in 2014, “Pretty Loud” symbolically seeks to give a louder voice to Roma girls, encourage education and steer them away from the widespread custom of early marriage. Their songs are about “women chained” in abuse or teenage brides being forced into marriage by their fathers. But they tell women to seek love, fight back and stand up for their right to be equal. The band has gained international attention, performing last year at the Women of the Year Festival in London.

Hungary’s foreign minister claims that a disinformation campaign is being used to rally international criticism of a recent law passed in Hungary that is widely seen as targeting LGBT people. Minister Peter Szijjarto said the widespread condemnation of the legislation was the result of a “global fake news campaign.” The law is ostensibly designed to crack down on pedophilia, but critics argue the law makes a dangerous comparison between homosexuality and the abuse of minors. The law prohibits sharing any content portraying homosexuality or sex reassignment to children under 18 in school sex education programs, films and advertisements. The foreign minister said the measures are meant only to protect children, and denied that they discriminate against any social group.