Our concerns and areas of activity
Legislation that proscribes discrimination and upholds the precept of gender equality is a vital prerequisite for executing our remit. Our work also involves investigating whether existing laws or those in the pipeline could have a discriminatory impact. The Gender Equality Act regulates equality in the workplace.
Equal opportunity in the professional context is central to achieving equality in all other walks of life. However, legal provisions alone are not enough. Both employers and employees have to take targeted action.
Achieving a balance between work and family life is a central element in achieving equality. For this to happen, the right conditions must be created. Only then can couples find a fair way of sharing tasks in their partnership. We are particularly concerned that unpaid work taking care of children and adults should receive recognition and better social insurance conditions.
Equality is only possible in non-violent relationships. Domestic violence is a common problem, in Switzerland also. The unit Domestic violence concentrates on combating violence in relationships between cohabiting and separated couples.