Equal Treatment Committee: Information campaign is intended to make existing violence protection offers for women better known

2023-10-11 21:22:34

Re-awarding of the Käthe Leichter State Prize was decided unanimously

Vienna (PK) With the votes of ÖVP, Greens, SPÖ and NEOS, the vote was taken today Equal Treatment Committee A proposal from the government parties for a low-threshold information campaign was accepted, which aims to make existing violence protection offers for women and girls better known. An SPÖ motion calling for the Käthe Leichter State Prize to be awarded again was unanimously approved.

The campaign is intended to inform and educate people about protection from violence

At the request of the government parties, the majority of the committee, without the votes of the FPÖ, voted in favor of implementing a low-threshold information campaign to specifically inform women and girls about the existing offers of violence protection facilities (3534/A(E)). The population should be made aware of the issue of protection against violence and the planned information campaign should take place at many critical points, emphasized Romana Deckenbacher (ÖVP). This is important and necessary educational work.

Rosa Ecker (FPÖ) criticized this initiative as an “alibi request” from the government. She doubts that any results will be seen from this measure in a year. When it comes to protecting women from violence, what is needed is a targeted package of measures and not a patchwork carpet, said Ecker. There is a lack of strategic priorities and clearly defined goals. The gap is becoming ever wider: there are many measures that are intended to protect against violence, but the crimes are not decreasing, says Ecker.

Since the Court of Auditors found in its new report on the subject of “Violence and Victim Protection for Women” that the existing violence protection offers were not sufficiently known among the population, an information campaign made sense, said Henrike Brandstötter (NEOS). However, from NEOS’s point of view, a comprehensive survey of all existing violence protection facilities is also needed in order to make gaps and duplication in violence protection visible. She therefore called for an investigation of all existing federal and state violence protection offers, including their tasks and responsibilities (3122/A(E)). These demands have already been implemented, said Meri Disoski (Greens). With the votes of SPÖ and NEOS, this NEOS proposal remained in the minority and was therefore rejected.

Federal Minister Susanne Raab said that there was no mention of double structures in protection against violence in the Court of Auditors’ report. In recent years, the federal government has invested a lot in protecting women from violence. There are no complaints from the Court of Auditors regarding the funds used. This shows that the budget resources were used sensibly, said Raab.

However, there is a lack of an overall strategy for protection against violence, criticized Eva-Maria Holzleitner (SPÖ), as the report from the Court of Auditors has shown. The SPÖ is therefore calling for the submission of a national action plan to protect women and girls from violence (3563/A(E)). Meri Disoski (Greens) explained that the Greens also see the need for a national action plan and that this would also be proposed on page 190 in the government program. The SPÖ’s motion was therefore postponed with the votes of the ÖVP and the Greens.

A renewed FPÖ application to carry out a dark field study, with which the background of violence against women, the typical image of perpetrators and possible targeted assistance to curb violence against women, was postponed again with the votes of the government parties, with reference to new ones , recently published study results on this topic (3074/A(E)).

The committee voted unanimously in favor of re-awarding the Käthe Leichter State Prize

In a renewed application, the SPÖ called for the Käthe Leichter State Prize to be awarded again (3109/A(E)). In the past, this designation has been used to honor experts who deal with women’s and gender studies as well as equality in the world of work. In 2022, the name was removed from the Women’s State Prize, criticized the SPÖ’s application.

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The committee now unanimously voted in favor of re-awarding the Käthe Leichter State Prize. The award ceremony is scheduled to take place in November.

SPÖ legislative proposal for regular time use surveys

In a further motion, the SPÖ called for a law that would require a time use survey to be carried out every three years (3504/A). Time use surveys form a basis for quality of life research by providing information about how much time people spend on work, sport or culture. For example, they show how unpaid work such as housework, care, volunteer work or childcare is distributed between women and men. Such data is extremely important because it would also show why so many women work part-time, said Eva-Maria Holzleitner (SPÖ). In addition, this data would also enable Europe-wide comparisons.

Rosa Ecker (FPÖ) had no objection to this proposal. The money that is spent on such surveys could be used better for women, because such a survey would not change anything, said Ecker.

Petra Oberrauner (SPÖ) contradicted this. She emphasized that such studies provide scientific evidence about how women are doing. The results are scientific facts, not opinions.

The sample of 15,000 households required in the application for the survey would go beyond the scope as the response rate would not be high, said Romana Deckenbacher (ÖVP). In addition, the three-year cycle required in the SPÖ application is too tight for the survey.

Sibylle Hamann (Greens) emphasized the importance of time use surveys. Such a study is currently being worked on and the first results are promised for this year.

Statistics Austria is currently busy with the evaluation, informed Federal Minister Susanne Raab.

The SPÖ motion was postponed with the votes of the governing parties.

SPÖ demand for further development of gender budgeting postponed again

A renewed SPÖ motion to further develop gender budgeting was again postponed with the votes of the governing parties (2872/A(E)).

In this context, Federal Minister Susanne Raab emphasized that gender budgeting is already anchored in the constitution and the finance department is therefore bound to it.

Anti-gender referendum: Non-application should not bring any disadvantages

People who do not use gender-inclusive language should not suffer any disadvantages, demands the “anti-gender referendum” (2172 d.B.). It was signed by 154,102 people, which is 2.43% of those eligible to vote. In the committee, the deputy representative of the referendum, Clemens Grünberger, explained the reasons for initiating the referendum, which was written and submitted by his father.

Gendering is certainly a welcome development, says Grünberger, but it should be up to each person whether they want to use gender-appropriate language. According to Grünberger, it is problematic, for example, when students lose five to ten percent points when grading their work if they do not use gender-appropriate language.

The committee debate on the referendum was postponed unanimously. (Conclusion of the Equal Opportunities Committee) bea


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