18 Mar 19

Sisters of Europe - BERLIN event - Money Power and Independence: How do we create equality between women and men?

On March 6 2019 , the first event of the Sisters of Europe took place in Berlin. 

The European magazine cafebabel.com, the Schwarzkopf foundation and Oikomedia organized the public discussion: “Money, Power and Independence: How do we create equality between women and men”.


Prof. Dr. Jutta Allmendinger

President of WZB, Berlin Social Science Center

Svenja Gräfen

Poetry slammer

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Detmers


Martha Dudinzski

Founder of SWANS-Initiative

Vincent Herr

Feminist, activist and author

Key takeaways:

-It is of great importance to show women in the media – as experts, as comptent on topics, with their inspiring ideas – when journalist talk or write about a theme they need to look also after women experts. 

-Typical women’s work has to be paid much more (nurses gain less than a zookeeper for instance) while there is no reason for such unjust payments..

-Women need to keep on their job-wishes and dreams also after having children and discuss with their husbands about it!

– Women should be aware of the life decicions they make and the impact on their life and their financial situation (the gender pension gap and the gender motherhood gap is much more higher than the gender pay gap)

– Men need to ask their sisters, mothers, daugherts, girlfriends about their expirience with sexim an listen to their answers and then ask women also how men can support their feminist aims.

-There is a big need for solidarity between women!! Women should support each other, and also feminist of different theoretic-thoughts or women with different life-decisions (no fight between working mom and stay-home-moms etc.), no more judging!

Journalist Viktoria Kleber, moderator.

The scope of the event, was to examine the persistent financial and political aspects of gender inequalities in Germany and search for solutions.

Gender equality is claimed to be one of the EU’s founding values, stipulated since 1957 in the Treaty of Rome. However, in 2019, men & women are still not equal within Europe: Women earn 16,3% less for the same job in Europe, they are less often represented in leading positions or in the parliaments and more likely to suffer of old-age poverty.

Our aim was to cover the financial and political aspects of gender equality.

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Detmers, entrepreneur.

After the introduction of the idea behind the project by Elina Makri and Prune Antoine, a poetry slam by Svenja Gräfen on the topic „Feminism“ followed by a public discussion with Prof. Dr. Jutta Allmendinger, activist duo HERR & SPEER, journalist Martha Dudzinski, managar and professor Prof. Dr. Ulrike Detmers.

Prof. Dr. Jutta Allmendinger, President of WZB, Berlin Social Science Center

The discussion was moderated by journalist Viktoria Kleber.

By portraying and connecting 17 women from different professions, backgrounds and locations, the project Sisters of Europe wants to encourage discussions on the issues that women confront in our democracies.

The event was organized in cooperation with Schwarzkopf-Stiftung Junges Europa and Cafebabel Berlin | Babel Deutschland e.V., supported by the DGB-Project “Was verdient die Frau?

Martha Dudinzski, founder of SWANS Initiative.
Elina Makri and Prune Antoine, Sisters of Europe co-founders

Event page on Facebook.

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