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The GenderCompetenceCenter 2003-2010

has been an application-oriented research institution at the Humboldt-Universität of Berlin for supporting public administrative institutions in developing gender equality politics and implementing the Gender Mainstreaming (GM) strategy. It was founded in October 2003 as an externally-funded project within the Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies (ZtG) by Prof. Dr. Susanne Baer  (Legal Studies, Humboldt University Berlin). It was financed for more than seven years by the Federal Ministry for Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend). Since August 2010 it continuous its work as an independent organisation with a new and wider profile, including anti-discrimination politics and a queer critique of diversity politics.

Main formats of work have been consultancy, conferences, public lectures and a website consisting of more than 2000 pages of information. The aim was to provide knowledge, create competence, and gain acceptance for gender equality politics.

Fields of work consited of politics, public administration, industry, associations, science and academia, and consultancy.

The website gives information on the following topics:

Former team members of the centre:

Ahrens, Petra / Albert, Eva-Maria / Brandt, Oliver /  Dimitrova, Petra / Engel, Antke / Englert, Dietrich / Erfurt, Philine / Frey,  Regina / Geppert, Jochen / Gugel, Rahel / Häckel, Resa / Hartung, Anna / Heilmann, Andreas / Hildebrandt, Karin / Hoheisel, Miriam / Kletzing, Uta / Köhnen, Manfred / Krämer, Christiane / Kühl, Jutta / Kurbjuhn, Carmen / Lepperhoff, Julia / Lewalter, Sandra / Marx, Andrea / Nöhring, Alexander / Obertreis, Ute / Osterloh, Katrin / Parlar, Renée / Plathof, Kirsten / Reuyß, Stefan / Rosenbusch, Sophie/ Rost, Petra / Sauer, Arn Thorben / Scheele, Sebastian / Schröder, Michael / Symkalla, Sandra / Szutenberg, Zuzanna


The GenderCompetenceCenter was engaged in the fields of equality, anti-discrimination and diversity politics, while simultaneously pursuing the ongoing critique and reworking of these notions. Equality, anti-discrimination policies and recognition of individual differences are preconditions to the forms of socio-cultural and political participation that unfold transformative force rather than affirming society’s status quo. Accordingly, demands for equality, anti-discrimination and social diversity are core pieces of emancipatory and transformative politics that promote social and global change in order to serve up justice — even though under pluralist conditions understandings of justice remain necessarily controversial.

The GenderCompetenceCenter deployed a concept of equality politics that challenges all kinds of social inequalities and also does not limit gender to the binary of women and men. Furthermore, it understood the analysis of relations of power and domination and its historical changes as an inherent part of equality politics. Equality, anti-discrimination and diversity politics are understood as contributing to an ongoing process of dehierarchizing systemic power relations. It fosters non-hierarchical articulations of difference and advances and works to facilitate the abolishment of social exclusions and coercive normalizations.

The GenderCompetenceCenter participated in public and academic debates and discourses on equality, anti-discrimination and diversity politics. For this matter the Center was engaged in academic research, political education, political consulting and policy-making as well as in the critique of media and political representation. It organized conferences, lectures, seminars and events, which support public articulation, exchange, and controversy.


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