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Legal Framework for Gender Equality Work

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Equality work is a (legal) duty for the university. The institutionalization of gender equality work at universities is based on a multitude of legal requirements, which have historically become more and more differentiated and which state universities have to comply with. The interplay of international treaties, European directives and national regulations forms a foundation from which the university responsibility arises to create a place of de facto equal treatment and equal opportunities for all university members through targeted measures. This is to be achieved, among other things, through a sustainable anchoring of gender dimensions (gender mainstreaming) in all areas of the university, in that gender, along with other diversity categories, are constantly taken into consideration in all processes.

This page provides an overview of the legal framework of gender equality (/gender) as well as diversity-related anti-discrimination work.

The German version of this page contains more linked documents and legal texts, English-language documents will be added later.

International legal bases

United Nations Charter

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (Women’s Rights Convention, CEDAW)

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)

Legal bases at European level

Treaty of Amsterdam


Additional Documents

Legal Foundations at the German National Level

Constitutional Law

General Act on Equal Treatment (AGG)

Civil Status Act and Transsexual Act

Act on Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (BGG)

Act on Fixed-Term Employment Contracts in Academia (WissZeitVG)

Act on Part-Time and Temporary Work

Additional Information

Legal Foundations at Federal State Level

Constitution of the Federal State of Brandenburg (BbgVerf)

Law on the Equality of Women and Men in Public Service of the Federal State of Brandenburg – Brandenburg Equal Opportunity Act (LGG)

Brandenburg Higher Education Act (BbgHG)

Brandenburg Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities Act (BbgBGG)

Framework Agreement 2019-2023 between the State of Brandenburg and the Brandenburg Institutions of Higher Education