Gender Equality / Men and Women's Rights

In this section you find news concerning the rights of women and gender equality.



30.11.2011
Gender equality in Switzerland well on the way but not yet at the finish

Two newly published studies show that, over the last years, Switzerland has made great progress in gender equality. Ranking as 40th some four years ago, Switzerland today is listed 10th in the WEF...


23.09.2009
UN committee detects discrimination against women in Switzerland

Poor representation of women in all social domains, widespread gender stereotypes, unfair taxes for married couples, heavy financial burden for women after a divorce, insufficient resources for...


18.03.2009
Nation-Wide Campaign To Stop Wage Discrimination

Although the law granting the equality of salaries for men and women came into force in 1996, a study led by the Federal Office for Gender Equality (BFEG) three years ago revealed that in Switzerland...


06.11.2008
Progression in Gender Equality

Since twenty years, the gender equality has made significant amelioration in several areas, including education and political representation. There is still progress to be made in the equity between...


30.10.2008
Women's Rights Convention: Switzerland Ratifies Optional Protocol

On 29 September 2008, Switzerland ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. The protocol grants additional anti-discrimination...


08.04.2008
Federal Council writes third report on implementation of CEDAW

The Federal Council adopted on 2 April 2008 the third report on the implementation of the UN Convention against Discrimination of Women (CEDAW). The NGO Coordination Post Beijing took this opportunity...


27.11.2007
WEF-Report: huge wage gap in Switzerland

The «Global Gender Gap Report 2007» by the World Economic Forum (WEF) provides an insight into gender gaps in 128 countries of the world. «The index is looking at gaps, not...


26.11.2007
Forced marriage - in Switzerland a reality for many

Thousands of women living in Switzerland are trapped in forced marriages. This is revealed by the first study into the practice, carried out by the charity Surgir (which means Rise), which was...


08.03.2007
Parliamentarians discuss gender equality

The Swiss Parliament chose March 8, the International Women's Day, to discuss several matters related to gender equality. Its House of Representatives (National Council) had a three hours special...


07.12.2006
Still no gender equality

Despite improved legal protection, in practice Swiss women continue to suffer discrimination, according to the Federal Commission for Women's Issues (FCW), which celebrated its 30th anniversary on...

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