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Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen (born 8 October 1958) is a conservative Germanmarker politician.

Biography

Von der Leyen was born in Brusselsmarker to Heidi Adele and Ernst Albrecht where her father worked at the Council of the European Union. In 1971 the family moved to Lehrtemarker. She studied economics and medicine at the universities of Göttingenmarker, Münstermarker, the London School of Economicsmarker, Hannovermarker, and Stanford Universitymarker. From 1987 to 1992, she worked as assistant doctor at the medical university of Hannovermarker.

Von der Leyen joined the CDU in 1990.From 2003 to 2005 she was a minister in the state government of Lower Saxony. In 2005 she was appointed Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth in the cabinet of Angela Merkel.

Von der Leyen is supposed to succeed Franz Josef Jung as Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs on 30 November 2009.

She is married to Heiko von der Leyen, a professor of medicine. They have seven children.

Countering internet child pornography

She advocated the initiation of a mandatory blockage of child pornography in the internet through Internet service providers via a block list conducted by the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany (BKA), thus creating the basic infrastructure for extensive censorship of websites deemed illegal/immoral/'bad' by the BKA.These actions brought her the nickname "Zensursula", a portmanteau word blending the German word for censorship (“Zensur”) and her given name (“Ursula”). The combination of a sensitive topic like child pornography and internet censorship is said to have caused a rising interest in the German Pirate Party.

In July 2009 she refered to the problems of struggling against pedophile pornography on the internet as the responsible persons often use servers located in Africa or Indiamarker, where "child pornography is legal”. This claim was based on a study of the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children of 2006, however in fact child pornography is illegal in India. Indeed, Indian society has much stricter rules about erotic media than Germany. Von der Leyen later expressed regret for having cited an inaccurate study.

Youth protection

She was the Protagonist for the ban and the rating from the Rammstein album Liebe ist für alle da for the Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien.

References

  1. Biography in whoswho.de
  2. Spiegel.de, 27 november 2009
  3. Focus Online: Kinderpornografie: Der Traum von der Internetsperrung
  4. Der Spiegel Online: "Zensursula" geht in die Offensive
  5. MDR: Interview
  6. heise.de
  7. Spiegel.de, 15 July 2009
  8. MDR.de "Von der Leyen gesteht Fehler ein"
  9. Rammstein: "Liebe Ist Für Alle Da" wird verboten



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