Gleichstellungsbeauftragte Landkreis Stade

Anne Behrends

Tel.: +49 (0)4141 12 1005

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WELCOME TO THE STADE DISTRICT!

Do you come from another country and from a different culture? Are you new to the district of Stade? Are you not yet familiar with your rights in Germany? No matter which country you come from, you have the same rights as every other woman who lives here in Germany and the same rights as every other man. This is written in the German constitution, which we refer to as the "Basic Law". (www.deutsches.grundgesetz.de).

The Constitution is above politics, above the police, above the judiciary and above every religion. The Basic Law protects people in Germany and it stipulates, for example, that every person has certain fundamental democratic rights. This Basic Law also states that men and women have equal rights:

 

WOMEN AND MEN HAVE EQUAL RIGHTS!

The district of Stade is happy to welcome you, and we respect you. So that all people here can live together in peace, we all need to treat each other with respect – and this also includes accepting European values and German laws.

 

RELIGION IS A PRIVATE MATTER!

Every individual can decide for him- or herself whether he/she wants to believe in Allah, in God, or in another “God”. Every woman and every man can choose their religion. No person (not even your partner) may dictate which religious community you should belong to or whether, e.g., you should live without faith in a god. Germany respects persons who have a different faith, and the peaceful coexistence of many different cultures is desired. This also includes respecting the various places of worship such as churches, synagogues, mosques, etc. As a Muslim woman in Germany, you can decide for yourself whether you want to wear a headscarf or not. Anyone who discriminates against people because of their faith, skin colour or clothing acts in a racist manner. In Germany, for example, insulting or excluding someone is not allowed. So nobody is allowed to exclude you because you don't wear a headscarf or because you do wear one.

 

YOUR RIGHT TO YOUR OWN OPINION!

Every person in Germany has the right to express his own opinion, to speak freely or publish it. This is a fundamental German right. Newspapers may also express critical opinions that, for instance, criticise the state. In doing so, however, other people or also groups of people may not be hurt. Needless to say, everyone needs to respect other persons’ freedom of opinion!

 

WOMEN AND MEN HAVE EQUAL RIGHTS!

Every woman has the right to decide for herself how she would like to live her life, e.g. if and in which profession she would like to work, whether or not she would like to be married, and whether or not she would like to have children. Women can also decide to live on their own. In Germany, people are allowed to be in a homosexual relationship. This means that a woman may also love a woman or a man may love another man and marry him. When spouses want to get divorced, both of them have the right to do so. The children themselves can decide whether they would like to stay with the mother or the father, or the courts decide when the parents can’t come to a mutual agreement.

 

 In this flyer, you will find further explanations of what this means for you and what you can do in order to live freely and independently in the district of Stade.

 

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HAVE YOU FALLEN PREGNANT AGAINST YOUR WILL?

HAVE YOU FALLEN PREGNANT AGAINST YOUR WILL?

There can be many good reasons why you don't want to have a child. You alone decide whether or not you want to give birth to your child (not your husband, not a doctor, not a counsellor!). If you are unsure and have questions, you can seek counselling. Under German law, you must seek counselling before an abortion. In the district of Stade there are three pregnancy counselling centres that can help and support you with all your questions:

 

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Pro Familia
Tel. 0 41 41 · 22 11

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Gesundheitsamt Stade - Health Department
Tel. 0 41 41 · 12 - 53 00

 

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Diakonieverband - diocese association
Stade - Buxtehude
Tel. 0 41 61 · 644 446

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NO MARRIAGE AGAINST THE WOMAN’S WILL!

NO MARRIAGE AGAINST THE WOMAN’S WILL!

In Germany, nobody has the right to force you to marry someone against your will. Your parents or other relatives may also not decide this for you. This is forbidden. You do not shame your family when you resist being forced into a marriage you do not want, because this is a serious form of deprivation of liberty and a form of violence that is punishable in Germany. In Germany, you can only get married when both partners are of age, i.e. at least 18 years old. Get help and get counselling! There is no counselling centre directly in Stade, but there is a counselling centre you can reach around the clock and in your own language.

 

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Kargahin Hannover
Tel. 0800 0667 · 888
At this number you can receive anonymous counselling when you or your child are to be married against your or her will. The phone call is free of charge. You can also contact Kargah by mail at: zwangsheirat@kargah.de

 

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Terre des Femmes
Information on forced marriage at:
www.zwangsheirat.de

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VIOLENCE IN THE NAME OF “HONOUR”

VIOLENCE IN THE NAME OF “HONOUR”

This often means that women or girls are forced to do things against their will in order to save the "honour of the family", e.g. to marry someone against her will. Sometimes it starts with pressure and blackmail from parents, grandparents or other family members and turns into real violence over time. In the worst case it can even result in the death of the girl when she does not obey. In particular, girls between the ages of 12 and 18 are at risk. Girls who are victims of sexual abuse or rape are often forced to marry someone from their family in order to restore the "family honour". Or women who want to separate from their partner. When you experience something like this yourself or among your acquaintances, defend yourself and help others!

  

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Hilfetelefon Gewalt  gegen  Frauen
Tel. 08000 116 · 016
Support telephone violence against women Helpline: Violence against women. Available day and night - help in all languages. The call is free of charge. You don't have to say your name if you don't want to. Internet: www.hilfetelefon.de

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VIOLENCE IS ALWAYS TABOO!

VIOLENCE IS ALWAYS TABOO!

The Basic Law states that no one has the right to beat you, shove you around, dominate you, or insult you verbally. No one can force you to do something you don't want to do, and this also includes sex! And no one can force you to work as a prostitute. This also applies to your husband! When you are being harassed or experience violence, you can and must defend yourself! Even if it is your own husband... Women often think that it is their own fault when they experience violence. This is wrong! The fault lies solely with the partner and it is the partner who makes himself punishable in Germany. Do not accept violence of any kind! The counselling centres in the district of Stade are staffed by women with whom you can talk in confidence. They will never force you to make a decision - you decide what you would like

to do! Take the time you need! All institutions will counsel you free of charge. Do something to ensure that you can no longer be hurt. Avoid situations in which you are alone with him!



 

In emergency
Tel. 110 
Emergency number of the police
The police work with interpreters who you can understand. They will very quickly try to help you and protect you. You can trust the police in Germany!

 

WHICH COUNSELLING CENTRES CAN HELP YOU IN THE DISTRICT OF STADE?

 

Hilfetelefon Gewaltgegen Frauen
Day and night free and anonymous help in all languages
Tel. 08000 · 116 016

 

 

BISS Stade
AWO Counselling & intervention centre for domestic violence Counselling and support when you are experiencing violence by your partner / ex-partner or when you are a victim of stalking.
Tel. 0 41 41 · 53 44 15

 

 

Frauenhaus Stade
Offers you shelter and help when you are threatened or harassed, or when you experience violence by your partner or family. If you do not speak German well, a friend can also call us on your behalf.
Tel. 0 41 41 · 44 123

 

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Lichtblick
Counselling center against sexual violence The AWO counselling centre in Buxtehude will support you when you experience sexual violence.
Tel. 0 41 61 · 714 715

 

OTHER SHELTERS THAT SUPPORT YOU

 

Migrations - & Integrationsberatung
The AWO counselling centres provide assistance on all the above-mentioned issues.
Tel. 0 41 41 · 53 440, 763 79 74 und 763 79 75 Stade
Tel. 0 41 61 · 714 720 Buxtehude

 

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Haus der Diakonie
Counselling centre for women with a migration background supports you with all questions.
Tel. 0 41 41 · 41 17-0 Stade
Tel. 0 41 61 · 644 445 Buxtehude

 

Opferhilfbüro Stade
Support for victims of crime or violence.
Tel. 0 41 41 · 107 286

 

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Weißer Ring Stade
Support for victims of violence or crime.
Tel. 0151 · 55 164 710

 

Pro Beweis
Supports you when you have become a victimof sexual violence, and you still haven’t decided whether you want to report the offender to the police. At the Elbe Kliniken in Stade and Buxtehude, you can have your injuries documented confidentially. This can serve as evidence if you decide to file a complaint later on.
Tel. 0 41 41 · 97-0 Elbe Klinikum Stade
Tel. 0 41 61 · 703-0 Elbe Klinikum Buxtehude

 

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