Financing women's shelters should become a mandatory task

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AFor Frankfurt, almost every third woman experiences physical or sexual violence in her life. However, in comparison with other municipalities, the city has a solid range of aids and facilities: the autonomous women's shelter founded in 1978, which was the third of its kind in Germany at the time, the women's emergency call with the model project "Medical emergency after rape", which has meanwhile been recognized throughout Germany Girls' house, which offers shelter and accommodation around the clock to girls and young women aged 12-17.

But all these facilities needed more money. Your offers are in high demand. In a growing city like Frankfurt, with its sharp rise in housing prices, it costs a lot to provide more sanctuaries. Above all else, reliable financing would be important, "says Sinah Klockemann from Fem Mädchenhaus. And a study dealing with the situation of female adolescents in Frankfurt would also make sense. Because "experiences of violence are part of the daily experience of girls and young women in Frankfurt," says Klockemann.

There is a lack of places

"Our demand on the city of Frankfurt would be that five of the total of 60 women's hostels will be financed on a flat-rate basis", adds Hilke Droege-Kempf from the association Frauen helfen Frauen, which runs the autonomous women's shelter. Only then could women who are in training or who came to Germany through family reunification but were not married long enough to receive official support be included. Currently, women have to be turned away because there are not enough seats and because the funding is not secure.

The reason for Droege-Kempf and Klockemann to talk about the situation of their facilities and their demands on the city was an invitation of the Frankfurt Greens. The party, which is part of the Romanian coalition, discussed the subject at its general assembly. Because the Greens want the city to be prepared when the federal and state governments start to implement the so-called Istanbul Convention of the Council of Europe – that is, to provide money to better protect women from violence.

The Convention is entitled: "Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence". The Council of Europe has thus classified violence against women as a violation of human rights and as gender-based discrimination. In 2011, the agreement was signed by 13 member states of the Council of Europe, including Germany, in Istanbul. Meanwhile, 46 states have signed them. After a long discussion in the Bundestag, Germany ratified the convention in 2017; it has been in force since February 2018 and thus has the status of a federal law.

No voluntary benefits anymore

Offers such as women's shelters, women's emergency services and the Fem Girls' House are then no longer voluntary services that the state and city can provide, but will be regarded as state mandatory tasks. To be ensured according to the convention prevention, victim protection and law enforcement. In addition, further legal provisions must be made to better protect women.

In order to prepare the city and give the state of Hesse exactly how much money is needed, the Roman coalition has decided on the initiative of the Greens an inventory analysis. It is intended to explain whether protection of violence and counseling are "on demand, close to the local community, universally accessible and adequately guaranteed," the coalition states in a joint statement. At the same time Frankfurt wants to start talks with the country.

The state government had stipulated in the coalition agreement that the convention would be put into action. "Therefore, the state government would also be ready to become practically active," said the three women's political spokespersons Sybill Meister (CDU), Stella Schulz-Nurtsch (SPD) and Ursula on the heath (The Greens). "We want girls and women in Frankfurt to find help and support for gender-based violence at all times."

. (tagsToTranslate) Hilke Droege-Kempf (t) Council of Europe (t) Women (t) Mandatory task (t) Frauenhaus (t) Frankfurt (t) Germany

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