Working together for a #FemaleFuture!
Gender equality, diversity and women in leadership positions are just three of many aspects of equal rights that are major issues of our time and concern people worldwide. International Women’s Day on 8 March draws attention to the demand for women’s participation in politics, business and society – and makes success stories visible.
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 deutschland.de Women Shaping Our Future campaign.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.