The Third Gender Equality Report

In recent decades, German life has become a great deal more diverse. Despite this, everyday realities remain often very different for men and for women. The German Government’s Gender Equality Reports have demonstrated that the risks and opportunities faced by men and women are still unequally apportioned in many areas.

In 2005, the coalition government in charge at that time decided that each legislative period should see the production of a Gender Equality Report. These reports are intended as a means of providing guidance in central areas of gender equality policy. For every Gender Equality Report, the German Federal Government appoints an independent interdisciplinary Expert Commission working on a voluntary basis. Each Expert Commission will structure their work around a different guiding idea within the academic discourse on gender equality. Based on their analyses, the Expert Commission issues a report including policy recommendations regarding gender equality. It thus contributes to efforts to ensure that political decisions are made on the basis of numbers and facts, in turn strengthening the policy making process. This report, combined with an official statement by the German Federal Government, ultimately forms the German Government’s Gender Equality Report.

The independent Expert Commission for the Third Gender Equality Report commenced its work on April 5th, 2019 and is chaired by Dr. Aysel Yollu-Tok, professor for economics at the Berlin School of Economics and Law. The Third Gender Equality Report will focus on gender equality in the digital economy. For instance, the Expert Commission will take a closer look at areas of tension between digitalization and society such as employment in the digital economy or platform economy. Due to the interdisciplinary focus of this Gender Equality Report, the eleven experts represent a variety of different academic fields such as business engineering and management, computer science, economics, education, law as well as social sciences. The report is set to be released by the end of 2020.

The German Federal Government’s First Gender Equality Report was published in 2011, analysing equality policy from a course-of-life perspective. The Second Gender Equality Report was published in 2017 and expanded on this analysis. It discusses “New ways of restructuring paid work and (unpaid) care work” and it paid particular attention to structures that can influence decisions at transition points in life, such as the tax system or the education system.

The Expert Commission is supported by the agency for the Third Gender Equality Report at the Institute for Social Work and Social Education e.V. based in Frankfurt/M. and Berlin.

  • Expert Commission

    The independent Expert Commission for the Third Gender Equality Report commenced its work on April 5th, 2019 and consists of eleven Experts from a variety of different academic fields such as business engineering and management, computer science, economics, education, law as well as social sciences.