Ever smaller budget for women in Austria

The Austrian Ministry of Women's Affairs announced further cuts to its 2019 budget. The funds have to be redistributed, but the government did not yet present how.

Roxane Seckauer
Roxane Seckauer Der Standard, Austria
Source: Der Standard
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Why this story matters:

Austrian Minister of Women's Affairs Juliane Bogner-Strauss repeatedly emphasizes her main concern: public safety.

In her opinion, this is where Austria should invest the 230,000 euros that were cut from the 2019 budget for women's affairs. It is highly unclear how this stance will affect future spending. For example, Austria's women's shelters were promised 100 new places -- will they fall under the umbrella of public safety too?

The chairman of the Federal Association of Centers for Protection against Violence pointed out that the announced funding would merely cover rising staffing costs.

The government's stated that "the question of funding cannot be answered at the moment".

It is surprising that Bogner-Strauß, as Minister of Women's Affairs, could not give any specific information on how the funds would be redistributed. 

Details from the story:

  • The budget for domestic abuse victims has hardly increased in years.
  • A spokesperson has explained that inflation causes rising costs for women shelters.
  • The current government expects shelters to keep on operating at the same cost, and is not willing to allocate additional funds.
  • The previous Minister of Women's Affairs Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek (SPÖ) was able to negotiate an additional 500,000 euros in recent years.
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