"Money-Power-Independence: Geld Macht Unabhängig."

Schwarzkopf-Stiftung Junges Europa, Sophienstraße 28/29, 10178 Berlin, Germany


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

On March 6 th 2019, the platform Sisters of Europe was kicked off in Berlin, along with its first public discussion about gender pay gap.

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.

After the introduction of the idea behind the project by co-founders Prune Antoine and Elina Makri, 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, manager and professor Prof. Dr. Ulrike Detmers. The discussion was moderated by journalist Viktoria Kleber.

Sisters of Europe is a cross-border project that empowers and connects women across Europe through inspiring stories from 22 countries, debates and political action. It wants to encourage discussions on the issues women are facing in European democracies.

The event was organized in cooperation with, the Schwarzkopf foundation and Babel Deutschland e.V., supported by the DGB-Project “Was verdient die Frau?