Family policy, particularly with regard to the compatibility of family and career, is an ongoing social issue. In particular, the problematic aspects of reconciling family and career are at the centre of the debate. How can the conflicts surrounding the conflicting areas of gainful employment, care, time and money for families be resolved constructively without economising families and without traditionalising families?
Our proposal, which we have developed in numerous dialogues (starting in 2009 at the Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance), introduces the concept of partnership, which is applied in the personal as well as the social and political sphere. Our aim is always to combine difference and equality in order to favour individual dignity and independence as well as productive voluntary cooperation. At the same time, the family is a "public good" and at least as important as education, health, transport and infrastructure. The principles according to which individual families are organised or structured are shaped by society and, conversely, continue to have an impact on it.
2014 – 2015
Federal Ministry for Family Affairs