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Women’s Day in MV: State Parliament decides on a new holiday

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Status: 06/28/2022 3:41 p.m.

Women’s Day on March 8 will be a public holiday in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania from next year. The state parliament decided on that today. But how is it useful? Opinions differ.

The parliament of the state of Schwerin decided on Tuesday to modify the law on public holidays with the votes of the government coalition of the SPD and the Left Party as well as the Greens. This is meant to set an example for gender equality, he said in the justification for the nomination. Above all, the opposition factions of the CDU and the FDP criticized this measure because it represented an untimely burden on the economy. They wanted to postpone the introduction to a later date. After Berlin, MV is the second federal state to make International Women’s Day a public holiday. From 2023 this should then be free of work.

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The governing coalition Schwerin of the SPD and the left had written the introduction of the new holiday in autumn 2021 into its coalition agreement. The economy is then criticized. However, Red-Red sees the additional macroeconomic costs as justifiable and refers to the direction and significance of the new party. Additionally, MV had fewer public holidays than other federal states.

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Media scientist Prommer: Women’s Day makes sense

For media scientist Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Prommer from the University of Rostock, Women’s Day as a public holiday makes sense to advance equality between women and men. There’s still a long way to go: “We still have a gender pay gap, there’s still an unequal representation of women versus men in many positions,” Prommer says on NDR MV Live. If the day leads us to rethink what can be done in practice to move closer to real equality, it makes sense. It’s different if the day is seen only as a counterpart to Father’s Day and the women move around with handcarts.

According to Prommer, it would also send the wrong signal if he said, “Well, now we have successfully celebrated a holiday and equal rights,” the media scientist continues. According to her, the day should be seen as a reminder, a reminder or an appreciation. At the same time, something would have to change structurally in other places for something to actually change.

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The MV state legislature has a marathon session ahead of it this week. Before MEPs can go on summer vacation, 40 agenda items must be dealt with in four days. The objective of the June parliamentary session is the final budget consultation.

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