Report on the “Reality of Discrimination in Germany”

In order to research the social reality of discrimination in Germany, the Free University of Berlin undertook an empirical study, conducted by Prof. Dr. Hubert Rottleuthner and Prof. Dr. Matthias Mahlmann (Institute of Law at the University of Zürich), with the theme “Reality of Discrimination in Germany – Assumptions and Facts”. In order to gain as realistic a picture as possible of the situation, the research project not only evaluated antidiscrimination law, but also judges, lawyers, antidiscrimination workers and associations were asked about their experience with cases of discrimination. In addition, the researcher included the follow in this study: Continue reading

Expanding Maternity & Paternity Leave in Europe

Earlier this month, members of the European Parliament ruled in favour of expanding minimum maternity leave in Europe from 14 to 20 weeks and paternity leave to two weeks on full pay, a proposal which they must now try to sell to individual governments. In the end, MEPs decided to go beyond the initial proposal of the European Commission, which called for 18 weeks, but to come in lower than the 24 weeks, which was recommended by the World Health association (WHO). Continue reading

New Gender Equality Strategy: European Commission

The Commission recently adopted a five-year strategy for promoting equality between women and men in Europe. The strategy aims in particular to make better use of women’s potential, thereby contributing to the EU’s overall economic and social goals. It translates the principles set out in the European Commission’s Women’s Charter into specific measures, ranging from getting more women into company boardrooms to tackling gender-based violence. The gender equality strategy spells out a series of actions based around five priorities which include: Continue reading

Developments in Work/Life Balance: Johnson & Johnson

In the past, flexible schedules most often were granted to new mothers. Today, however, progressive companies have broadened the scope of what constitutes grounds for flexibility. And companies that allow employees flexibility in balancing their personal and professional lives are often rewarded by more loyal and motivated workers. A study conducted by the Families and Work Institute found that Continue reading

New Global Gender Gap Report

The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2010 was released last month with overall encouraging news on equality between men and women in 134 countries, representing over 93% of the world’s population. The countries were assessed on how well they divide resources and opportunities amongst male and female populations, regardless of the overall levels of these resources. 86% of countries have narrowed their gender gaps, while 14% are regressing. Continue reading

Diversity im Kontext von Bildung – Vielfalt als Potenzial und Herausforderung, KulturKontakt Austria

Bildungsinstitutionen stehen vor allerlei Herausforderungen im Umgang mit Vielfalt. Welche Herausforderungen dies sind und wie ihnen begegnet werden kann, klärte die Veranstaltung „Vielfalt als Potenzial und Herausforderung: Was braucht Bildung?“ zu der KulturKontakt Austria am 04. November 2010 in Wien geladen hatte. Es diskutierten Susannah Beständig (Direktorin der Europäischen Volksschule), Dr. Leopold Zechner, Monika Kastner (Assistenzprofessorin am Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft und Bildungsforschung der Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt), Petra Pinetz (Projektleiterin der Beratungsstelle für (Vor-)Schulische Integration Wien) und der Diversity-Berater Michael Stuber. Continue reading