Federal Office for Gender Equality


Schwarztorstrasse 51
3003 Bern

Contact person

Mariapia Beutler - De Massimi
+41 31 322 68 43

Operating range

  • National

Relevant duties in the context of human rights

The Federal Office for Gender Equality (FOGE) promotes the equality of women and men in all areas of life and is committed to eliminating any form of direct or indirect discrimination. The FOGE does not operate at the level of individual cases but aims to raise awareness of the need for structural changes, seeking cooperation with other Federal Offices, parliamentarians, men's and women's organizations, as well as with social partners and businesses. As a member of the Swiss Conference of Gender Equality Delegates (www.equality.ch/), the FOGE submits position statements on gender equality concerns and it supports, coordinates, plans and implements activities of national scope. The FOGE focuses on championing equal opportunities and equal pay at work as well as fair task sharing in the family. Amongst legal equality, factual equality is being promoted.

  • Equal rights

  • Equality at work

  • Domain Domestic Violence(Violence in relationships between cohabiting and separated couples, Forced marriages)

Main work in the human rights field

  • Lobbying / Networking / Human rights policies
  • Awareness raising, Campaigning
  • Education
  • Information / Documentation

Protection of vulnerable groups

  • Women

Issues our organisation works on

  • Prohibition of discrimination
  • Right to marry / forced marriage
  • Women’s rights / gender equality
  • Domestic violence

International Reference


  • Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women(CEDAW)

Current projects with human rights focus

  • A description of all ongoing projects can be found on the Homepage of the Federal Office for Gender Equality (G/F/I):

Publications on human rights issues

  • The FOGE's documentation Centre offers you a library specialized on gender equality matters. There can be found a wide range of specific books and revues, scientific studies and unpublished textes.

  • Several publications (scientific studies, brochures, pamphlets, guides):

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