Women on a bridge on the beach



There is no such thing as the lifeworld of women. Women's lives are diverse.

Situations can arise in which the best friend, family and others can no longer help. It is therefore important that there is a well-developed women's support infrastructure. Regional and national offers of help will be discussed here.

A theme world for women with lots of information is also to be created here.

A separate section is dedicated to the Istanbul Convention and thus to the major topic of violence.

  • Counselling services

    Beckum Women's Counselling Centre

    The women's advice centre and specialist centre against sexualised violence offers women and adolescent girls a protected space with competent advice and support in difficult situations. The premises are accessible via a lift.

    The advice centre can be reached by telephone on 02521 16887

    Help with sexual abuse of children

    If you suspect or know something about child sexual abuse, the N.I.N.A. e.V. counselling centre can help.

    You can call anonymously and free of charge at
    0800 2255530

    The telephone is manned at the following times.

    Office hours

    • Mondays and Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays 4 to 9 pm
    • Sundays 3 to 8 pm

    Not available on public holidays and on 24 and 31 December.

    Barrier-free help hotline for victims of violence

    08000 116 016

    60 counsellors are available 24 hours a day on this free telephone number for women affected by violence and their relatives or professionals.

    You can find more information about this helpline in the Violence section.

    Psychosocial process support

    Since 2017, particularly vulnerable people have been entitled to professional support and assistance throughout the criminal proceedings.

    Helpline for pregnant women

    0800 4040020 anonymous & secure

    Since 1 May 2014, pregnant women in distress have been able to contact this free helpline. The service has been expanded to include anonymous online counselling. There you can receive free and qualified initial counselling 24 hours a day. The guide function can refer you to a local advice centre. The counselling sessions are anonymous, barrier-free and can be conducted in several languages.

    Background: On 1 May 2014, the "Act on the Expansion of Assistance for Pregnant Women and the Regulation of Confidential Birth" came into force.

    Help with giving up alcohol and cigarettes

    The IRIS online counselling programme helps pregnant women to abstain from alcohol and tobacco during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

    It is anonymous and free of charge.

    Help for surviving dependants

    The Leuchtturm ON project was launched by the Leuchtturm e.V. team in Schwerte in North Rhine-Westphalia.

    It is aimed at teenagers and young adults between the ages of 12 and 25 who have lost someone to suicide.

    The free online counselling team consists of 2 professionals and volunteer and trained peers.

    Counselling for families

    The Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth launched the family benefits information tool on 4 August.

    With this tool, expectant parents and families can find out which family benefits and, if applicable, other support services are available and under which conditions they can be applied for.

  • Women and finance

    shocking news

    Did you know that until the end of the 1950s, all assets brought into the marriage by a woman were automatically transferred to the man?

    He was then also responsible for managing the money.

    Incidentally, also for the earnings of his wife if she was in an employment or service relationship.

    This changed in 1958 with the Equal Rights Act. And yet it was not until 1977 that women were allowed to work without the additional requirement that this was compatible with their marital and family duties .

    Even today, there are still more gaps in women's CVs due to child-rearing or family care periods than in men's CVs. Women often work part-time for long periods and therefore pay less into the pension fund. This reduces the pension in old age!

    This, coupled with longer life expectancy, which is synonymous with a longer dependency on pension payments in old age, unfortunately all too often calls out "hello poverty in old age!

    Fact check:

    A look into the past is worthwhile

    • Money corrupts character
    • That is not my place
    • Money is the root of all evil
    • You can't buy happiness
    • The man brings the money home
    • There are more important things than money
    • You don't talk about money
    • ...

    Well, what sounds familiar? Time to change it!

    How about taking stock? Get an overview and take action!

    Did you know that in Germany you are considered poor if you can't get by without a salary for three months?

    If you would like to have your pension gap in black and white, you can have it calculated.

  • Women and work

    Create perspectives

    The Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) has launched a new information platform.

    The new information portal "perspektive-schaffen.de" is part of the equality policy action programme "Gleichstellung am Arbeitsmarkt. Creating prospects" (GAPS),

    The new portal provides information on various topics relating to equality in the labour market.

  • District Women's Forum

    Social institutions, local politicians and local equal opportunities officers are organised in the District Women's Forum.

    We work together on women's policy issues. The spring reception takes place annually and special topics are focussed on in coordination.

    The forum meets quarterly.