Equal, Self-determined and Free – still distant goals for the majority of girls and women worldwide.
TERRE DES FEMMES aims for a life without gender-based discrimination, violence and exploitation – in Germany and all over the world.
More specifically, this means:
People of female sex or gender are still restricted in their personhood– all over the world:
People of female sex or gender are victims of specific violence on a daily basis worldwide – in war, in the family, in the public sphere: raped, abused, enslaved in prostitution, forced to marry, murdered for the atonement of “infringed family honour” or because of the lack of a dowry. People of female sex or gender are eventually not even born but aborted systemically in many parts of the world due to a supposed inferiority.
TERRE DES FEMMES dedicates itself to the fight against all violations of human rights that girls and women have to endure worldwide because they are female. This is the basis our self-conception. “Feminism” signifies for us: The genders and sexes are entirely of an equal standing. A person is neither determined in their value through their sex/gender nor committed to a “predetermined” position in family or society through their abilities or alleged deficiencies. Sexist prejudices in the patriarchy hurt men as well as women, but they are systemically used as justification for violence against and as a tool of oppression of women.
Therefore, we reject every form of cultural relativism: misogynistic customs that are based on cultural or religious roots in minorities in our society are also intolerable. Human rights apply without limitations.
Our goals and our approach are oriented towards the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women of 1979 (CEDAW), the Beijing Platform of Action of the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995, and the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence of 2011. We see ourselves as rooted in the tradition of the international feminist movement and strive towards continuous progress and solidarity.
TERRE DES FEMMES is politically independent, strictly secular, and takes an unequivocal stand for the rights of girls and women. In our work, we rely on international networking, comprehensive information, targeted actions and campaigns in the public, as well as supporting specific projects abroad. Our main topics are:
What has been achieved in Germany to date:
TERRE DES FEMMES is a non-profit organisation and is mainly funded by membership fees and donations as well as public subsidies and grants from foundations. We handle these responsibly and sustainably.
Much has been achieved – much more still needs to be done.
Berlin, June 2014