The demands, expressed in the petition, range from poverty reduction to state-financed abortion. Here are the most important ones.
- Shorter working hours -- The number of women working part-time has increased since the last referendum. Unpaid work is also mostly done by women. Hence, reducing the working time to 30 hours for all should help split the unpaid labor more justly.
- Minimum wage -- Minimum income should no longer be negotiated depending on the sector -- it needs to be determined by the law, according to the platform, which has a gross minimum wage of 1,750 euros.
- Women's quota -- Party and club support should be intrinsically linked to the quota of women -- the closer the parties would be to 50% gender equilibrium, the more support they would receive. Sanctions should be imposed on the state-owned companies that disregard the women's quota on their supervisory boards.
- Free Prevention -- For women, it is crucial to decide independently whether they want to get pregnant or not, claims Havlicek. Hence the demand to secure free contraceptives and free access to pregnancy tests and abortion throughout Austria.
- Child care -- For each child, there should be a legal entitlement to full-time free care after maternity leave has expired.
- Violence protection -- Access to women's shelters should also be ensured for asylum-seeking women and women with uncertain residence status. Currently, at least 90 additional places in such violence-protection housing centers are urgently needed, says Frauenhaus spokeswoman Maria Rösslhumer.
- Livelihood -- The income of the partner should not be credited to the minimum income and emergency assistance of the woman.