Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier introduces a women’s quota of 40 percent for orders of merit. If this is not fulfilled, men will also have to wait for their award in the future.
Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier introduces a women’s quota of at least 40 percent for the award of orders of merit. On Wednesday he called for nominating more women for this award:
“Women achieve great things in our society. Whether in clubs, companies, at universities or in culture – women ensure cohesion, humanity, progress and creativity.”
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They deserve thanks for that, but also “more visible recognition”. The Office of the Federal President announced that only about a third of the orders go to women, although men and women are equally committed in our society. Steinmeier explained that deserving women can be found “everywhere”.
“Look around, in your neighborhood, in your free time, at your colleagues. The Order of Merit lives on the suggestions I get from you for the award of the Federal Cross of Merit.”
In principle, every citizen in the Federal Republic can nominate another person for the award of the Order of Merit. The proposal is to be addressed to the state or senate chancellery of the respective federal state. They examine the proposals and pass them on to the Federal President for a decision. Steinmeier now expects that the proposals coming from the state and senate chancellery will affect at least 40 percent women. As long as this is not the case, men should wait longer for an award.
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