Council of German Women

About Us

The Deutscher Frauenrat is the national council of more than 50 nation-wide women’s associations and organizations. Our members are professional and religious associations, women’s groups from political parties, trade unions and the German Sports Federation, as well as non-partisan organisations with a diverse array of social and political objectives.

As a non-profit association, we operate primarily on public funding. We are recognised as a non-governmental organisation (NGO). The Deutscher Frauenrat has special advisor status at the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, and is a member of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL).

Our Aim

Gender equality, i.e. equal opportunities and equal status for women and men in both jobs and the family, in politics, business and culture, is one of the main concerns of a democratic society. It is enshrined in Article 3 of the German Constitution. Beyond this, all measures must be committed to the principle of gender mainstreaming. That means that different living conditions for women and men as well as the respective consequences must be considered in stages of planning, implementation and evaluation. This is stated in the European Union’s Treaty of Amsterdam and in the new EU Draft Constitution. The Deutscher Frauenrat, Lobby der Frauen does everything in its power to translate formal rights and political statements of intent into social realities.

Our Structure

The General Assembly (GA) is the highest organ of the Deutscher Frauenrat.. Delegates from the member associations meet once a year to debate and formulate policy positions, work priorities and measures. The decisions and resolutions taken by the GA are the working platform for the Board. Its nine members are elected every two years by the GA. The Board works in an honorary capacity, and is assisted by the Administrative Office in Berlin.

Contact details:

c/o Henny Engels
Axel Springer Strasse, 54A
D - 10117 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 20 45 69 0
Fax: +49 30 20 45 69 44
Email: h.engels(a)

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