Austrian Citizenship Days
23rd April to 9th May
The Austrian Citizenship Days offer more than 200 events for students, teachers and multipliers as well as the broad public each year. The guiding idea and European umbrella is the Council of Europe´s slogan Learning and Living Democracy within its Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights programme.
AUSTRIAN CITIZENSHIP DAYS 2016
Women and Politics | Women in Politics
Women and Girls in Politics as well as Women and Politics are this year's focus of Austria's recurring event series on Citizenship Education. The topic comprises many aspects, such as the question of the representation of women in political functions (whether as a mayor or member of parliament) and related discussions (e.g. about quotas) as well as the aim to ensure adequate consideration of women in policy decisions and the creation of equal opportunities in all spheres of life.
2016 is an anniversary year for some women pioneers in politics – as "first" women they managed to access into so far male dominated positions. 50 years ago, Grete Rehor became Austria's first minister. It took another 20 years until the first woman was elected as chair of a Parliamentary Club (Freda Meissner-Blau). In 1996, Waltraud Klasnic became the first state governor. The second highest position within the state, the Presidency of the National Council, was taken over by Barbara Prammer in 2006. The political commitment of women and their participation in political parties and public or civil society institutions changed over the decades, prompting also a change of gender roles and several reforms. However, the focus of this year's Austrian Citizenship Days is to encourage institutions as well as participants to take a closer look for example at women's current representation and participation in specific policy areas. What about the persistence of traditional role models? What emphasis is given to the promotion of women today? What about gender equality within the context of current social and economic developments? Finally, what about considerations that go beyond the concept of a bi-sexual world?
The Austrian Citizenship Days are an invitation to discuss these questions and initiate activities that evolve around these topics. They also offer a platform to make visible the stories and contributions of women involved in politics and to analyse women's political processes. This year's focus also provides a continuation and deepening of last year's main topic "power and authority" – and is of global relevance.
The Austrian Citizenship Days 2016 are a contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially to Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.