A broad alliance against sexism and sexual harassment
The BA has joined a strong social alliance. Today, the Board of Directors signed the “Together against sexism and sexual harassment” declaration. In doing so, the BA has reaffirmed its responsibility to protect all of its employees against sexism and sexual harassment.
The declaration was launched at the end of 2021 by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) and the “European Academy for Women in Politics and Economics Berlin” Association. In the joint declaration, the undersigned institutions undertake to acknowledge the fight against sexism as a task for society as a whole and to prevent and end sexism and sexual violence in all of its manifestations. In the job centres, for example, in addition to the equal opportunities officers, contact persons are now available whom employees can approach in confidence in the event of harassment. To date, 346 companies, trade unions and organisations have signed the declaration.
Federal Employment Agency sends clear signal at both the internal and external levels
“The BA stands up for diversity and opposes all forms of discrimination. We do not tolerate sexual harassment in the workplace and therefore support the declaration. All of our colleagues should feel safe and feel that they are treated equally,” emphasises Dr. Katrin Krömer, Director of Resources at the Federal Employment Agency.
The BA provides information in its departments on a regular basis, and has anchored the subject firmly into its training courses. Should an incident of harassment occur, the affected employees are able to approach various contact points, including the representatives according to the General Equal Treatment Act, the equal opportunities officers or the advocacy groups. On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (“Orange Day”), in recent years, several departments have been lighting up their buildings in orange – although such initiatives have been cancelled this year due to the energy crisis.
The full text of the declaration is available here: https://www.dialogforen-gegen-sexismus.de/gemeinsame-erklaerung-gegen-sexismus (available in German).