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FES | Forum Politik und Gesellschaft | Gender-Infobrief

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Human Rights and Sustainable Development: The Beacons for Lightening New Paths for the Future in Financing Development

The United Nations Third International Conference for Financing for Development (FfD) which is to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in July 2015, will gather high-level political representatives, as well as all relevant institutional stakeholders, non-governmental organizations and business sector entities, in order to assess the progress that has made in the implementation of the Monterrey Consensus and the Doha Declaration.

Simultaneously, new emerging socio-economic and environmental issues have to be taken into account by amending and implementing the post-2015 development agenda. From a gender perspective, human rights in addition to sustainable development need to be the beacons for lighting new paths for the future. In this FES Perspective, the WWG claims that FfD process needs to set the right path towards establishing just and healthy economies that promote and protect human rights and gender equality. Therefore, this publication compiles the main arguments and policy recommendation for a gender-sensitive and human rights based out - come of the FfD Process.

Further reading:

• Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development: Human Rights and Sustainable Development: The Beacons for Lightening New Paths for the Future in Financing Development, Juni 2015, online: http://library.fes. de/pdf-files/iez/global/11512.pdf

 

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The question of the constitutionality of opening marriage up to same-sex couples

Thankfully, nobody is forced to get married any more, but many want to and cannot. To date, the only option available to same-sex couples who wish to formalise their relationship is that of a registered civil partnership.

While there has been continuous harmonisation between the two over the years, there still remain differences between marriage and same-sex civil partnerships. Removing these can only be achieved through court action or by the legislature. Opening up of marriage for same-sex couples would be the most coherent solution from an equality politics perspective. But again and again in the discussion on opening up marriage to same-sex couples, we hear complaints about constitutional considerations. Is the legislature restrained from acting on this issue after all? In other words, does it need a majority in parliament in order to change the constitution? This expert opinion gives an answer to this highly topical question.

Further reading:

• Wapler, Friederike: Die Frage der Verfassungsmäßigkeit der Öffnung der Ehe für gleichgeschlechtliche Paare. (The question of the constitutionality of opening marriage up to same-sex couples). Expert opinion for the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, June 2015, online at: http://library.fes.de/pdf- files/dialog/11459.pdf

 

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Inside the Gap 2/3:

Time for family and career – What mothers and fathers want

The second edition of the Equal Society Brief puts the focus on the issue of the distribution of paid and domestic work.

Further reading:

• König, Barbara; Menge, Jonathan; Schildmann, Christina: Inside the Gap 2/3: Zeit für Familie und Beruf – Was Mütter und Väter wollen (Time for family and career – What mothers and fathers want), March 2015, online at: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/dialog/11431.pdf

 

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Inside the Gap 1/3:

The gender pay gap – the big gap is unpaid

This first edition of the Equal Society Brief puts the focus on the flip-side of the gender pay gap. The gender pay gap is associated with another time gap: the „gender unpaid gap“, which is where the real scandal in gender and labour market politics lies.

Further reading:

• König, Barbara; Menge, Jonathan; Schildmann, Christina: Inside the Gap 1/3: Der Gender Pay Gap – Die große Lücke ist unbezahlt (The Gender Pay Gap – The Big Gap Is Unpaid), March 2015, online at: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/dialog/11286-20150513.pdf

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Greater gender equality through state laws: 10 building blocks of a successful equality policy (A helping hand)

The simultaneous amendment of several state equality laws in Germany offers a major opportunity to set a new course for a gender-equal society. It is therefore appropriate for the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) to support this important process.

The authors have trawled through numerous state equality laws and drafts of state equality laws on behalf of the FES loo - king for examples of the best use of smart, promising regulations. The three experts were successful in many cases. They are now making the results of their research available to the public. In addition, they recommend some amendments and provide the appropriate gender-policy reasoning and suggested formulations. The helping hand reaches out to all of those who wish to advance state equality laws and avail of the opportunity to move forward on gender policy.

Further reading:

• Stiegler, Barbara; Schmalhofer, Heike und Woedtke, Almut von: Mehr Geschlechtergerechtigkeit durch Landesgesetze. 10 Bausteine einer erfolg- reichen Gleichstellungspolitik. Eine Handreichung (Greater gender equality through state laws: 10 building blocks of a successful equality policy, A Helping Hand), 2015, online at: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/dialog/11247.pdf

 

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