Women's rights and gender equality
Sexual abuse, trafficking in women, domestic violence, forced marriage and genital mutilation are human rights violations which affect women and children almost exclusively. In addition, traditional values, roles and behavioural patterns often lead to women being specifically disadvantaged as regards to their economic, cultural and social rights – such as access to food, education or health care.
The German Government has reserved a central place in its human rights policy for the protection of women and the improvement of their human rights situation. We work to bolster women’s rights in our foreign and development policy, both bilaterally and in the context of such international organizations as the European Union and the United Nations.
As part of its efforts to promote women’s rights, the Federal Foreign Office provides support to a large number of projects aiming specifically at gender equality as well as other human rights projects furthering such objectives as good governance, education and health care in various countries and regions.
Public awareness campaigns, conducted in collaboration with local non-governmental organizations, are at the forefront of this work. These projects include providing women’s rights instruction in Nicaragua and FYR Macedonia, supporting measures to prevent violence against women in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Paraguay, promoting internally displaced women’s involvement in politics in Colombia, supplying advice on realizing women’s economic and social rights in Morocco and on their access to justice in Cambodia, promoting women’s electoral rights in Côte d’Ivoire, and running business-startup seminars for Kurdish-Iraqi women.