The City is committed to guaranteeing equal opportunities for men and women, and boys and girls, in all areas of life. It recognises the different needs of men and women, and boys and girls, and takes them into account in its public services and the cultural, sporting and recreational activities it offers, to provide an excellent quality of life for all of its citizens.
On 23 March 2009, the City of Luxembourg signed the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life. As a signatory, the City has undertaken to implement the commitments defined in the Charter's thirty articles, within its territory.
To ensure proper implementation, the City has agreed to develop a municipal action plan that defines its priorities, actions and necessary resources. The City has also agreed to work with the institutions and organisations in its territory to promote equality and diversity between women and men, with all the advantages and challenges this brings.
The municipal gender equality action plan is the tool for implementing the municipal gender equality policy. It was developed based on the "4-Step Gender Mainstreaming" methodology:
- analysis of the initial situation;
- definition of objectives to be achieved over a four-year period to improve the initial situation;
- determination of actions to achieve objectives, setting of indicators, deadlines and choice of partners for implementation;
- assessment of progress according to the indicators set.
2019–2022 action plan
The City has been committed to promoting gender equality since the year 2000. With the backing of the municipal council, the gender equality officer – a position created in 2006 – ensures that there is a structured, sustainable equality policy. This foundation was further strengthened on 23 March 2009 when the City signed the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life. Since then, the City has highlighted its commitment to the six principles of the Charter:
- Equality of women and men is a fundamental right.
- To ensure the quality of women and men, multiple discriminations and disadvantages must be addressed.
- The balanced participation of women and men in decision-making is a prerequisite for a democratic society.
- Eliminating gender stereotypes is fundamental to achieving equality of women and men.
- Integrating the gender perspective in all activities of local and regional government is necessary to advance equality of women and men.
- Properly resourced action plans and programmes are necessary tools to advance equality of women and men.
2015–2018 action plan
Priorities in terms of equality
The 2015–2018 action plan sets out the priorities of the municipal equality policy, and consists mainly of 5 sections covering 19 articles of the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life developed by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions:
- Service provider: actions relating to the quality of the service offered, tailoring of the service to the needs and interests of women and men
- Planning and sustainable development: social, environmental and economic responsibility of Luxembourg City in its role as developer of urban spaces; actions relating to the adaptation of public spaces to the needs of women and men and to the promotion of the balanced participation of women and men in the development of society
- Role of employers: actions aimed at gender equality in-house and directly in human resources management
- Governance: actions relating to decision-making, organisation and communication in the context of gender-equality policy
- General framework: equality policy is implemented based on a detailed analysis of the situation and is part of a broader framework for tackling multiple forms of discrimination
In addition to these areas of priority, there is the overarching aspect of governance, which includes the structural and communication measures necessary for the effective implementation of a gender-equality policy.
Each year, the progress of the action plan is evaluated and documented in an annual report. The action plan is adjusted in light of the results of this evaluation and of changes in society in general.
Anne Beffort Prize
Every year since 2003, the college of the mayor and aldermen of Luxembourg City, on the recommendation of the advisory committee for gender equality, awards the Anne Beffort Prize, named after the co-founder of the Lycée de Jeunes Filles in Luxembourg City and the first female professor in the country.
The €3.000 award is given to an individual, non-profit organisation, group or institution working to promote gender equality in the City.
Past Anne Beffort Prize winners
2019 – Luxembourg City Conservatoire
For its boys' dance class in its performing arts section. The City was keen to acknowledge the Conservatoire's efforts in promoting gender equality in the cultural sphere: the class is an excellent source of encouragement for boys who are interested in taking up dancing and, for some of the participants, has served as a stepping stone to successful dance studies abroad.
2018 – Voix de jeunes femmes
Voix de jeunes femmes is a group for young men and women aged 16 to 30. It was created to involve young people in the fight against sexism and to condemn the inequality that affects young people. The City has recognised the association's commitment to promoting equal opportunities, equal rights and equal treatment of men and women.
2017 – Colette Flesch
The City was keen to recognise Ms Flesch's role as a trailblazer for the City of Luxembourg, the Grand Duchy and Europe; she was the first woman mayor of the capital in 1970 at a time when women were still somewhat rare in politics, she was a member of the Chamber of Deputies in the 1960s, 1980s and 2000s and was Deputy Prime Minister under the Werner government from 1980 to 1984. In addition, she was also a member of the European Parliament and Director-General of the European Commission, in the areas of culture, communication, sport and translation.
2016 – Planning Familial
For its "cafés-santé" programme for refugee women and international asylum seekers: the association is committed to combating violence against refugee women and promoting their integration.
2015 – ALUPSE
ALUPSE, the Luxembourg association for social paediatrics, was founded in 1984 to reflect and act on child abuse issues in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. During her paediatrics studies, with ALUPSE and her team, Dr Idoya Perez focused on researching and creating structures for learning about mother–child attachment, especially in situations where women find themselves isolated, suffering from psychiatric illnesses, experiencing hardship or victims of violence, with the aim of establishing a social approach to paediatrics in Luxembourg.
2014 – Girls in Tech Luxembourg
Girls in Tech Luxembourg, a young and dynamic association set up in January 2014, is committed to the technological education of women: mastering new technologies and tools gives women access to job opportunities in this area, and is essential in the modern work place. Accordingly, the association supports women on several levels, allowing them to remain competitive in the job market: self-confidence in a field with which they are sometimes not too familiar, developing a network and acquiring skills in IT.
2013 – Planning Familial Luxembourg
In awarding the 2013 Anne Beffort Prize to the association Planning Familial Luxembourg, the City was keen to acknowledge the association's commitment to gender equality in the health sector.
2012 – Femmes en détresse
The City wished to acknowledge the association's commitment to a better balance between work and home life, through their "Krank Kanner Doheem" service, which offers home care for sick children by qualified staff. This service allows both parents to go to work, safe in the knowledge that their sick child is in good hands and thus actively helps improve working conditions for working women.
2011 – Sport a Fräizäit Zéisséng
Since its creation in 1984, SaF has worked tirelessly for gender equality through a series of initiatives. In 1998, for example, Gaston Zangerlé, a member of SaF, paid tribute to cycling world champion Elsy Jacobs in his book "Elsy Jacobs, la grande-duchesse de la petite reine". Three years later, SaF organised its first "Elsy Jacobs Hike" for cyclists, which has since become extremely popular and is now traditionally held every year on 1 May in Garnich, Elsy's birthplace. In 2008, the non-profit association set up an international women's cycling race.
In addition, since 2010, SaF has awarded the Mérite Elsy Jacobs Prize for the promotion of women's sport to a person who has shown special commitment to women's sport. Finally, a round table on the challenges of women's cycling and the differences between cycling for women and men, and the "City Trophy Elsy Jacobs", organised for the first time in Luxembourg City, were a great success in 2011.
2010 – Josiane Kartheiser
Journalist and author of fifteen books of poems, playscripts, short stories, a humorous and satirical tourist book about the City of Luxembourg as well as a children's book, Josiane Kartheiser started to write and publish at a time when not many women were published. Her work reflects a very detailed and sensitive analysis of Luxembourg society and the position of women, their struggles and their efforts to emancipate themselves and find their place across every field.
2009 – Fédération des femmes cheffes d'entreprise au Luxembourg (FFCEL)
This non-profit association of female CEOs in Luxembourg, founded in 2004, now has a network of over 100 women leaders from all sectors of activity. Its purpose is to bring together women who run businesses to provide support, training and information, as well as to improve their visibility, offer business opportunities at national and international level, and develop solidarity and a sense of mutual support between these women. It also undertakes actions to inform the public about women leaders and to encourage more women to pursue careers in this area.
2008 – Annette Schwall-Lacroix
A lawyer committed to raising awareness for the emancipation of women in Luxembourg, for writing a text about the achievements of Aline Mayrisch in the field of women's rights.
2007 – Marja-Leena Junker
Actress, director and artistic director of the Théâtre du Centaure. Recognised for her commitment to women's issues in her theatrical work and for the creation of a contemporary repertoire of works that touch on different aspects of women's lives to encourage reflection, help raise awareness and sometimes also inform or give a voice to those who have never had one.
2006 – Cid-Femmes
For its educational initiatives and activities, such as the creation of a public library in the city with some 12,400 documents showcasing the lives and achievements of those women who have influenced the course of European and world history, and whose efforts deserve to be remembered by future generations. Other initiatives promoted are the “mädchenfreundlicher Bücherkoffer” and the “KeK – Kinder entdecken Künstlerinnen” project. Cid-Femmes has also developed various initiatives aimed at raising awareness of gender issues and advocating a more tolerant and egalitarian society. Girls' Day, in particular, shows that men and women are capable of equal achievements in all professions.
2005 – Femmes en détresse
For its initiative "Neen – géint d'Gewalt" ("No to Violence") Produced in collaboration with the school commissions of several schools in Luxembourg City, this project included two components: violence prevention workshops in primary schools, and intervention in cases where children are exposed to domestic violence. Both teachers and children were involved.
2003 – Inter-Actions Faubourgs
For its "Schläifmillen" project for the reintegration of unemployed young people, which helped many young unemployed women to participate in a re-employment scheme at an electronic waste treatment workshop and find a job afterwards.