Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth The Ministry

Fassade des neuen Familienministeriums
The Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth© BMFSFJ

The Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend (the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth) is headed by Federal Minister Dr. Franziska Giffey. She is represented in matters of policy and before the Deutsche Bundestag (german parliament) by Parliamentary State Secretaries Caren Marks and Stefan Zierke. Permanent State Secretary Juliane Seifert is the highest-ranking civil servant in the Ministry and is responsible for all administrative affairs.

The Ministry is currently staffed by around 890 employees. These are distributed across six divisions, the Minister's Office, the Antidiskriminierungsstelle des Bundes (the Federal Antidiscrimination Office) and the Unabhängige Beauftragte für Fragen des sexuellen Kindesmissbrauchs (the Independent Commissioner for Child Sex Abuse Issues), making for a total of 70 departments.

Women make up some 72 percent of ministry staff and 59 percent of departmental management positions are held by women.

Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency

The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency, which operates nation-wide, serves as a point of contact for all people who believe they have been subjected to discrimination in a form listed in Germany's Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz (General Equal Treatment Act, AGG).

Independent Commissioner for Child Sex Abuse Issues

The Independent Commissioner for Child Sex Abuse Issues, Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig, is the Federal Government's official point of contact for victims of sexual abuse, their relatives, professionals who work in this field and for people who witness sexual abuse in their personal or work-related environments or have related questions or issues.

Federal Office of Family Affairs and Civil Society Functions

The Bundesamt für Familie und zivilgesellschaftliche Aufgaben (the Federal Office of Family Affairs and Civil Society Functions, BAFzA) is a modern service provider which operates within the mandate of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

With over 1000 staff, the Federal Office of Family Affairs and Civil Society Functions works to promote civil society functions, provide guidance and advice, and support and administer related Ministry activities. Its responsibilities include:

  • The Federal Government programme "Demokratie leben!" (Live Democracy!) Action Against Right-Wing Extremism, Violence and Hostility
  • The 24-hour Hilfetelefon "Gewalt gegen Frauen" (Hotline Protect Women Against Violence)
  • Pflegetelefon (Hotline for caring relatives)
  • Bundesfreiwilligendienst (the Federal Volunteer Service), with education and training, including civic education
  • Vertrauliche Geburt (Confidential Birth), with the Schwangere in Not hotline for pregnant women in emergency situations
  • EU Social Fund programmes, such as: JUGEND STÄRKEN im Quartier (supporting youth indeprived neighbourhoods)
  • Mehrgenerationenhäuser (Multi-generational Community Centres)
  • The programme "Altersbilder" (Images of Aging)
  • Die Conterganstiftung (the German Contergan Foundation Office)

The Federal Office of Family Affairs and Civil Society Functions can be contacted by telephone at 0049 (0)221 36730 or online: www.bafza.de.