The Gender Equality Representative ensures that the German law on gender equality is upheld and implemented and supports the management in its implementation.

The version of the Equal Opportunities Law of 26 February 2016 aims to effectively implement equality between women and men, so that in the future discrimination on the basis of gender and family status is avoided. In particular it aims to support equal participation of women and men in management positions.

With the amendment to the Equal Opportunities of 26 February, 2016, the Gender Equality Representatives have been granted more rights. Important changes have already been made in the area of content of job vacancy descriptions and job interviews. For this reason Gender Equality Representatives will be more involved in the future in the recruitment process. They have the right to take part in all application procedures. They are not bound by the requirements of their other positions, but can act on their own initiative and report directly to the executive. Thus their employer must make provisions for them to be relieved from some of their other employment duties. The law also states that the representative can delegate some of their duties to their deputy.

The Gender Equality Representative has the right to be involved in the following situations:

  • all recruitment procedures
  • all nominations to central bodies
  • the planning and design of training and continuing education measures
  • rejections of applications for family-oriented working hours, part-time or home office work
  • the drafting of the gender equality plan and its interim version

Furthermore, the Gender Equality Representative should be involved at an early point in any other personnel, social or organisational measures. Specifically this pertains to general decisions on the assignment of training places, performance levels, the drafting of job descriptions, employment agreements regarding the organisation of working hours and part-time work, and the installation and change of home office spaces, as well as organisational investigations and structural changes.

The Gender Equality Representative has the right to carry out consultations and can call an annual meeting of all female staff.

Equal Opportunities Plan

The Equal Opportunities Plan stipulates the personnel, organizational, training and qualifying measures necessary in order to raise the number of women at all levels and in all leadership and management positions until parity in staff numbers is achieved.

Equal Opportunities at HFU, interim report 2014
Equal Opportunities at HFU 2013 (Data from 2011)

Equal Opportunities Law

Equal Opportunities Law Baden-W├╝rttemberg, amended version of 26 February 2016
Equal Opportunities Law

Gender Equality Representatives

Gender Equality Representative
Mervete Alijaj, Dipl.-Ing. (FH)
Tuttlingen Campus Room A 2.04
Phone: 07461- 1502-6342
Fax: 07461 1502-6201
Email: mervete.alijaj(at)

Deputy Gender Equality Representative
Sabine Vetter-Hauser
Schwenningen Campus Room F 0.07
Phone: 07720 - 307-4228
Email: vetter(at)

Office Hours

There are no fixed office hours and representatives are available by appointment only from Monday to Friday. Individual consultations and advice is, of course, always confidential.

Email: bfc-hfu(at)