Federal Minister Kurz: “Commitment to women’s rights is a fundamental element of Austrian and European values”

Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz on International Women’s Day

“The promotion of women’s rights is a key target in all areas of FMEIA activity. We fully and at all levels support the efforts undertaken by the international community towards implementing the goals adopted by the Beijing Platform for Action to strengthen women’s rights,” Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz said in a statement marking International Women’s Day on 8 March 2016.

“The commitment to women’s rights and gender equality is a fundamental element of Austrian and European values. Migrants must respect these values. In the context of the Values and Orientation Courses for persons entitled to asylum, which are currently being rolled out across Austria, the importance of equality of men and women is shared with participants”, Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz states. Women also play a decisive role as multipliers in connection with the integration process, as they have a decisive influence on the successful integration of their families. In 2016, the FMEIA is thus investing some 900,000 euros across Austria in projects directed specifically at women, such as “Mütterschulen gegen Extremismus” (training schools for mothers enabling them to protect their children from radicalisation).

“Women play an essential role in peace and security policy. Women are particularly affected by the impacts of conflicts. Austria thus pro-actively supports the full implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions, also in the context of Austrian development cooperation. If we want to make the world a better place for all, we must not leave anybody behind”, Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz stressed. Therefore the United Nations made gender equality the fifth goal under its new Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Austria is committed towards achieving this goal and contributes pro-actively towards fostering equality inter alia in the context of projects aimed at promoting women’s economic empowerment in developing countries. In 2015, the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) invested some 50 million euros in such projects.

“International cultural policy is another very relevant instrument for promoting women’s rights,” Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz concluded. The anthology “KALLIOPE – Frauen in Gesellschaft, Kultur und Wissenschaft” (KALLIOPE – Women in Society, Culture, Academia and Science), published by the FMEIA’s Directorate-General for International Cultural Policy, adds visibility to the important contributions women have made to cultural and social life in Austria. In the context of the successful cooperation between the FMEIA and the “Int. Tricky Women Festival”, the international festival of animated film dedicated exclusively to animation by women filmmakers, a common programme of animation films by Austrian female directors is to be presented for the second time by the Austrian representation missions and cultural fora abroad.


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