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Chinese women at sewing-machines

Events on the topic

Feminist Economy: Joan Tronto and Andrea Nahles at FES Berlin

Discussion & Reception, 15./16. July 2015

Report by Lara Laila Gärber

Panel-Discussion Program

IAFFE Annual Conference Website


Genderteam-Treffen 2014; Foto: FES

Global Care Chains: Why should we care?

Workshop & Expert Meeting, 22./23.10.2014 in Berlin


Report of Mechthild Rawert, MdB


More Power and Decent Work! Key Elements To a Gender-Just Development Agenda

Second International Debate over the Post-2015 Agenda

27 May 2014 in Berlin

Report: English | German

Program: English | German

- event in cooperation with Marie-Schlei-Verein -


All events of the FES on the topic of Gender can be found here. Past events of the Global Policy and Development department can be found here.


Strengthening Gender Justice

Recommendations for the Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Agenda

Open Publication


Realizing Women’s Human Rights in Development

Recommendations on Financing for Sustainable and Equitable Development

Open Publication


All English language publications of the FES on the topic of Gender can be found here.


Dr. Cäcilie Schildberg

Tel. ++49(0)30/269 35-7461
Mail Caecilie.Schildberg[at]fes.de


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No Social Democracy without Gender Equality

Modern democracy is inconceivable without equal rights. But practical realisation of these rights must also be possible. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has therefore made equal opportunities for men and women an interdisciplinary task. Within the framework of our international project work, we, on the one hand, encourage and train women to aspire to leadership positions in parliaments, associations and companies (empowerment) and, on the other hand, endeavour to promote equal opportunities between the sexes in every policy area (gender mainstreaming). We therefore work not only with women’s organisations, but also with trade unions and other interest-representation institutions.

Particularly in Latin America and Asia, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung works with a cross-border approach in terms of gender equality. The online platform FES Genero provides an insight into the FES gender work in Latin America. Especially the fostering of political participation, consultancy modules for municipal and national policies as well as women's empowerment and advancement in the workplace are in the focus of our regional work there. There are also comprehensive publications on the topic, in both Spanish and Portuguese. As for the Regional Project Asia, Gender is one of the main working lines. Key focus here is the promotion of women's participation in the political reform processes as well as the organisation of women workers in the informal sector.

On a global scale the focus of our work lies in gender-equal economic policies. A particular challenge here is the conflict between possible empowerment through rising economic independence on the one hand and new forms of dependence and exploitation on the other hand - both consequences of increasing integration of female workers in global production processes. Beside this main focus, the issue of gender equaltiy is being mainstreamed efficiently in close interexchange with other working lines of the international development cooperation of the FES.

For more on the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung's work in the area of women's and gender policy in various national and international fields of activity, click here.

A Social Protection Floor Index

Monitoring National Social Protection Policy Implementation

At the 101st International Labour Conference in 2012, 184 members unanimously adopted the Social Protection Floors (SPFs) Recommendation No. 202, which provides guidance to members for establishing and maintaining SPFs as a core element of their national social security systems, guaranteeing access to essential health care and a basic income over the life cycle. In support of the principle of regular monitoring, the Social Protection Floor Index (SPFI) has been developed. It assesses the degree of implementation of national SPFs, by detecting protection gaps in the health and income dimension and indicating the magnitude of financial resources needed to close these gaps in relation to a country’s economic capacity. The SPFI thus informs members, trade unions, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders about the need for corrective policy action, compares the implementation of SPFs across members, and, in future, monitors members’ progress over time. In the long run, it is hoped that the SPFI can contribute to achieving a fairer and more inclusive globalization.

open publication

Five Questions and Answers on the SPFI

Website of the Global Coalition For Social Protection Floors


Global Care Chains: Why should we care?

Background papers prepared for the international workshop on 22-23 October 2014, Berlin

This edited volume features articles by participants of a 2014 FES expert workshop highlighting the various concerns that emerge from the migration of care workers. The authors report on the situation of global care chain workers in different regions and countries around the world. Despite differences in thematic emphasis, all articles share a common focus in that they identify weaknesses in the social protection of workers in the global care chain.

Open Publication


Grafik Gender-Toolbook

Gender Toolbook

Discussions on how the gender approach could be introduced into everyday project work led to the decision to develop proprietary instruments to facilitate the integration of gender aspects in given activities or thematic areas. The instruments collected in our Gender Toolbook – such as checklists, manuals and so on – reflect many years’ experience, both at home and abroad, in the area of gender. However, they are only a stepping stone on the way towards gender mainstreaming which is continuously being supplemented by tried and tested instruments in order to enable users to make their work more gender sensitive.
Download the Gender Toolbook here .

Junge Frauen während einer Konferenz in der FES

FES Gender Mainstreaming Activities

Peace and a life free from violence are individual and social ideals of men and women alike and the violence of armed conflicts and wars affects both. Given their socio-culturally shaped gender roles, however, they are exposed to different forms of violence.
For more on this topic, click here.

net-edition:Monika Schneider and Daniela TurßFES | 2012
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