The Launch of Gunda Werner Institute in 2007

the words "start here" written on asphalt in pink color

Gender politics make a difference

Why a new institute?
The Heinrich Böll Foundation on the setting up of the institute
Gender democracy is an all-encompassing shared task of the Böll Foundation. Every member of staff is called upon to work towards this objective. So why is the Gunda Werner Institute still necessary? The inaugural address of President Barbara Unmüßig, given at the Institute’s official opening.

What should the gender politics of the future be?
Foundation position paper
What should the future programmatic focus; objectives and tasks; concepts and instruments of gender democratic politics of the Heinrich Böll Foundation be? Reflections on the gender political challenges of the future by Foundation President Barbara Unmüßig.

What we have in black and white
Statutes and supporters of the Gunda Werner Institute
At the 2007 annual general meeting of the Böll Foundation members passed a resolution anchoring the statutes of the new institute in the Foundation’s Charter. This guaranteed the Institute a long-term perspective to fulfil its ambitious objectives. The setting up of the new institute was supported by the Women’s Council, assigned with key powers within the Foundation.
Read the GWI Statute
Tasks and staff of the Women’s Council

What others think
Prominent supporters on the setting up of the Institute
Numerous prominent women and men provided best wishes and advice based on pragmatic expert knowledge to help the new Institute on its way. The following are examples:

Kai Gehring

MP, Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen Parliamentary Group spokesperson on youth and higher education policy

“I expect the Gunda Werner Institute to provide strong impulses for current topics such as boys losing out in education and the consideration of gender issues in the context of a society of immigration.”

Adrienne Goehler

psychologist, former Senator, freelance publicist and curator, Berlin

“I would like to see the following permanent research questions: why are we in the Federal Republic in particular so far from achieving gender parity and, in the European context, almost bottom of the table?”

Werner Sauerborn

Paps e.V.

“Uniting feminism, female and male politics under one organisational roof must not be allowed to mean the end of independent thoughts on various approaches.”

Prof. Dr. Birgit Meyer

Faculty of Social Work, Health and Nursing of Esslingen University of Applied Sciences and member of the Heinrich Böll Foundation Women’s Council

“Feminism continues to question social inequalities and power relationships, both at the private and the political level.”