Strong women

How Germany supports women’s rights worldwide, how women live, work and research in Germany and what feminism means today

We are offering you the unique opportunity to benefit from the experiences and successes of committed women and men. Whether it is Nobel Peace Prize winner and human rights activist Nadia Murad, theatre director Pınar Karabulut, entrepreneur, investor and author Tijen Onaran or Integration Commissioner Reem Alabali-Radovan, they show what is possible as part of the Women Shaping Our Future campaign. 

Role models

The weather detective

Understanding climate change and reducing inequality – Friederike Otto explains to the world how extreme weather events come about.
 Iris Braun wants to be a role model for social entrepreneurship.
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Successful, innovative, female

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Vincent-Immanuel Herr and Martin Speer mobilise men for the feminist cause.
Raising questions

Feminism from a male perspective

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Alina Bassi-Kleiderly-Female-Founder-womens-day


Raising questions

Raising questions

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Facts and figures

Women in Germany

The women’s employment rate, the gender pay gap, women’s quotas, life expectancy and representation in government – discover everything you need to know about women in Germany. Here are three facts to start you off: they constitute the majority of the population, live longer than men – and are more highly educated.

Quick facts

women live in Germany – one million more than men


is the life expectancy of women in Germany.


of women aged between 20 and 64 work.


of university graduates in Germany are female


of the members of Germany’s government cabinet are women.


is the statistical average for women in Germany.

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Working for greater equality

Together with Alice Schwarzer, probably the best known feminist in Germany, we are looking for answers to the following questions: where does Germany stand when it comes to emancipation? What does feminism mean today? Is the COVID-19 crisis again taking us back to a more traditional distribution of roles and duties – or could the crisis be an opportunity?

In addition to answers, however, gender equality also needs commitment. These men and women campaign for greater equality in Germany.

 Young female politicians want to promote women in politics.
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Young women shape politics

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Tijen Onaran wants to strengthen the position of women.
Meeting people

Standing up for equal rights

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Women’s rights

Empowering women worldwide

Germany supports projects worldwide that involve women in peace processes, strengthen their rights, build links between them and enable equality between women and men.

Protecting the human rights of women and realising their legal, economic and cultural equality are major tasks of German foreign policy. Germany campaigns to maintain and strengthen women’s rights not only by bilateral means but also within the framework of international organisations such as the European Union and the United Nations.

Women should be involved in peace processes.
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Women as mediators

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Successful women

Women in politics, business and research


Women are increasingly assuming leadership positions in German politics, business and research. More women are working, the proportion of women on supervisory boards has risen, the number of women in STEM and tech fields has increased and parents are better able to reconcile having a family and a career, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. We introduce you to outstanding female researchers, politicians and entrepreneurs who have led by example.


Time for change

Women are increasingly assuming leadership positions in German research. However, the statistics show there is still room for improvement.