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Schavan says German women get a raw deal

DDP/The Local · 7 Mar 2010, 12:08

Published: 07 Mar 2010 12:08 GMT+01:00

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"Women need to be given the chance to rise up to top positions," Schavan said on Sunday in Berlin. Although more and more German women were making progress in business, science and research, Schavan pointed out that positions at the very top were still dominated by men.

The education minister said that her department had started initiatives to promote equality.

"With our Girls Day we interest young women in science and technology, and with our female professors programme we make sure that the number of women at universities keeps growing," she said.

According to a European Commission report released this week, Germany has one of the biggest gender pay gaps in Europe. German men earned an average of 23.8 percent more than women in 2009, with the European average at 18 percent.

In the 27 EU member states, only women in Estonia, the Czech Republic, Austria and the Netherlands fare worse.

"This is unacceptable," EU Commissioner for justice and fundamental rights Viviane Reding told the German daily Die Welt. "Germany is one of the most economically developed countries and should lead by example, instead of lagging behind."

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On Friday, Reding and Commission President Jose Manuel Barosso presented a 'Charter for Women' outlining a new plan to advance women's equality in Europe.

The first ever International Women's Day was celebrated in 1911 in Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, the USA and Germany. In 1921 organisers settled on March 8, and since the UN resolution in 1977 all UN countries have celebrated the women's achievements on this day.

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15:14 March 7, 2010 by Heinrich der Zweite
13:03 March 7, 2010 by Hans321

"That's why you should for example never allow treatment by a female doctor. They're all former models who never went to medical school"

Well I've got one who's so bloody ugly and she still talks a load 'o bo...cks!
16:07 March 7, 2010 by cklb
@moondancer: even if you establish childcare, as an employer you still have the problem that women can go into the "Mutterschutz". If I had the chance to employ either a man or a woman, both with equal qualifications I would definitely choose the man: If the woman goes because she gets a child and I loos a contract (or I have a running contract and have to pay fines because of delay caused by her missing from her job...), it will (at least) reduce my companies reputation and return. And a highly paid job usually requires a lot of time to learn what to do, so you cant just "replace" a employe temporarely... All that "make woman equal to man even though they are not"-bs totally pisses me of. We should rather learn how to use the pros and cons of men and women to the best out of it for our society AND economy!
17:19 March 7, 2010 by Talonx
Cklb, yes that's right, let's work for our social institutions instead of making them work for us. All hail the Market!

Take a page out of the east German playbook, quality Kinder care worked and should have been adopted nation wide in 1990.
18:58 March 7, 2010 by wxman
It's always wise to leverage ideas and concepts from failed systems, I always say. If the DDR were successful, it would still be around.
22:42 March 7, 2010 by SilberFuchs
Germany treats it's women worst than muslims. German women are not considered equal citizens in any sense of the word, they are merely used for procreation (and not very well at that since the poulation is declining!). For instance, a child born to a German father is considered German. A child born to a German woman is nothing, unless it has a German father, and only (if God forbid!) the child is born out of wetlock will the child be German based on the womans citizenship, and that only after application inspection and scutiny of the embarrasing circumstances. What's up with that? "Perfect" Germany needs to reconsider it's own house before criticising others.
23:14 March 7, 2010 by Thames
I don't know how Germany in various forms has manged to exist for so long since they are so backword. They should do like many other countries and let the state raise their children. Who better to raise children than the government?

It is such a crime to burden women with the task of raising the next generation while they could do something so much more important.

No wonder the west is declining children have become a burden.
23:44 March 7, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, as I've said before, a lack of respect for the women is the root of nearly all of Germany's problems. Women are critical to all aspects of a scoiety.

Women are "essential jewels." We should treat them as such.

Can you imagine a world without them?
00:36 March 8, 2010 by Talonx
wxman, well I guess we should do away with roads as well in germany the Nazis did most of that and they failed. Just like nazi roads, the excellent child care provided in east germany defined it right? Isn't that what you're saying.

Might as well get rid of public schools too. Oh and markets those were used by South Africa.

Wow there is so much that not only should we not try, but we need to get rid of, basically anything ever utilized by a failed nation? Clean water, that's socialist.

Rediculous wxman.
07:21 March 8, 2010 by SilberFuchs
Logic Guy says" Women are "essential jewels". We should treat them as such.

German women won 8 of the 10 German gold medals at Vancouver, and 18 of the 30 medals overall. Not bad for Germany's "essential jewels".
10:27 March 8, 2010 by Portnoy
Do you people even know what you're talking about?

Siberfuchs: That is entirely untrue. The sex-based citizenship laws were reformed some time ago. My children (born to a German mother out of wedlock) were immediately granted german citizenship, no questions asked. The Americans had more questions than the Bezirksamt.

And my daycare opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 1800. AND my daughter goes to school from 8 to 1600 every day.

They need to get rid of pictures on CVs though. Certainly.
17:42 March 9, 2010 by Talonx
Portnoy, I was commenting that day/child care should be provided for mothers without private costs. It would pay for itself when those mothers worked instead of staying at home.
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