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European Equality Charter

The idea

What is it that unifies us in Europe? At the present time, the media are mostly full of concerns about the Economic Union, but is that all that Europe is about?

The European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life aims for more. It is about the realization of one of our fundamental European rights: "The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail." (Art. 2 TEU)

Frankfurt, as the city that heads the gender ranking for Germany’s major cities, wishes to advertise these qualities to the outside world.

The process

Through Gabriele Wenner, the head of the The Department for Women's Affairs, the city of Frankfurt was directly involved in the process of drafting the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life, which it ratified in 2012.

The process of implementing the charter can be broken down into three phases:

1. The development of a two-year action plan
2. Support for its implementation
3. Evaluation of its successes and difficulties

The action plan assesses and consolidates the measures of key importance for Frankfurt in relation to

  • combating gender-specific violence,
  • equal participation in working life and decision-making processes,
  • the elimination of gender stereotypes
    and
  • the fair allocation of public resources.

The goal

In this process, we will pay particular attention to ensuring that the city of Frankfurt action plan is not simply a catalogue of aims and promises that look good on paper, but instead will be translated into practical, concrete measures that benefit all the men and women of Frankfurt in creating a liveable and fair city society for ALL!