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Modern family policy means aims on supporting a good reconciliation of family and work, maintaining economic stability of families, promoting child-wellbeing as well as helping people to fulfil the desire to have children.
Making policy for senior citizens means making policy with them – they must be allowed to participate. Valuing their experience and life achievements, and giving them more scope and influence makes society stronger.
Germany's Basic Law (Grundgesetz) states that women and men are equal and that the state has to promote real gender equality. So existing inequalities in reality have to change – by ensuring equal pay for equal work and by affording women equal access to leadership positions.
Children and young people have rights: rights to protection, to education and to furtherance of their personal development and welfare. The Ministry is working to ensure that all children and young people in Germany enjoy the conditions they need for a safe and healthy childhood.
As the "Commitment Ministry", the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth encourages civic commitment through favourable framework conditions, support it over the long term and further strengthen the culture of recognition.
For the constant societal change in Germany to be successful and likewise to be harnessed as an opportunity, major challenges will have to be considered in contexts reaching beyond national borders with solutions to be developed at local, national and global level.