Introduction

In light of its commitment to the fundamental ideals and values of social democracy and the union movement, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FEF) aspires to equality of opportunity for women and men.
The demand for gender equality has a long history among Social Democrats. In its Erfurt Basic Program, on October 20, 1891, the German Social Democratic Party set forth its demand for women's voting rights and legal equality. It was the first party in Germany to do so. The revolutionary social democratic government gave women the franchise in November, 1918. One year later, women comprised one tenth of the members of the Weimar National Assembly. Demands for the legal equality of women and men has been a special feature of the Social Democratic Party up to the present time. A significant step forward in the recent past has been the introduction of a transitional gender quota (women quota), and the corresponding public debate has helped to raise awareness of existing gender inequality.
Parallel to more intensive women-specific issues in Germany during the mid-80's, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation also paid more attention to the advancement of women. Promotion of women is now an important factor in all international development programs of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. By focusing on the improvemnt of the the socio-political conditions under which women live, they will be able to better participate in economic, political, and social developments in their countries.
These guidelines for Womens' promotion in international development cooperation result from both a discussion process and extensive practical experience. They should facilitate the integration of Promotion of women in the planning of projects, as well as illustrating which areas need special attention.
The guidelines for Womens' promotion in international development cooperation are aimed at all members and personnel of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation as well as our partner organizations. They are an instrument to assess the extent to which the Foundation, in light of its organizational and financial means, can optimize its contribution to the advancement of the status of women in the Third World.

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