Equal Treatment and Gender EqualityEqual treatment and Gender Equality are essential pillars of a just, democratic and open society. It should be possible for everybody to have the same opportunities and realize the same life aspirations regardless of their gender (identity), sexual orientation or age. Equality is one of the most important values of the European Union and is legally anchored. Equal treatment and Gender Equality as cross-sectional tasks affect many areas of life, among others employment, care work, pensions, access to social services or civil rights protection
The 2030 Agenda and the goal of Gender Equality
The member states of the United Nations are responsible for implementing the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals, short SDGs. All member states are confronted with the task of formulating national measures to translate the SDGs into concrete action. SDG 5 addresses gender equality. The Observatory compares in its work the developments and national approaches for the implementation of this SDGs in Germany, Estonia and Sweden.
Women’s rights and CEDAW
The United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), is the most important human rights tool for women under international law. The Observatory analyses the application of CEDAW in justice systems and sets out recommendations for its implementation in France and Germany.
LGBTI-Policies in EuropeBoth the social situation and the legal policy framework for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI) presents very heterogeneous features across EU member states. From its European-comparative perspective the Observatory contributes to explore and examine the key challenges and developments of LGBTI policy issues in Europe.
Preventing Islamist Youth extremism
Why do young people radicalize themselves and how can we prevent them from doing so? As Islamist extremism has raised sharply, both – politics and social sciences – pay more and more attention to these questions. A European Expert Meeting addressed this topic. The event focused on different European perspectives on what role discrimination can play during the radicalisation process and how a successful anti-discrimination policy can contribute to preventing radicalisation.
Comparing Regulation of Prostitution
Where is prostitution allowed and where is it prohibited by law? And in which countries is the purchase of sexual services forbidden? The German government introduced a law on the regulation of the prostitution business and for the protection of prostitutes. Against this background, the Observatory undertook comprehensive research in this field. The various papers summarize the legal framework and current reform debates in the majority of European States and beyond.
Economic Situation after divorce
A separation or a divorce can have a significant – mostly negative - impact on the economic situation of ex-partners. If the couple has children, often one partner becomes a single parent. This short expertise compares the economic situation of single parents in Germany and Austria.The expertise is only available in German. You can find it here.