Germany's Grundgesetz (Basic Law) states that women and men are equal and that the state has to promote substantive, de facto gender equality . Germany is also committed to fulfilling its gender equality obligations under European law as well as international human rights law, for example by having ratified the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and its Optional Protocol.
Germany campaigns for gender equality and the protection of women's rights in various UN bodies. Since 2019, Germany has again been a member of the Commission on the Status of Women. Previously, Germany was a continuous member from 1997 to 2017.