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The Paritätische in Bayern

Every human being is precious, every human has the same value. This is the idea of parity.

If every human has the same value, then every human being has the right to develop his or her full potential, to shape his or her own life, be right in the middle of it and play an active part in our society, to belong.

Our public activities and discussions with politicians make a clear stand for more social justice, and a society that pulls together.

Open, diverse, tolerant

The Paritätische in Bayern is one of the six leading associations providing free social welfare activities.

We have the interest of children, adolescents and families, the elderly, the disabled, women, migrants and refugees, people with different illnesses and people in various stages of their lives at heart. In doing so we are guided by the idea of parity and our fundamental principles of diversity, open-mindedness and tolerance.

The Paritätische is not affiliated with any political party, is independent from any religion and not bound by any ideology.

What we do

We make social policy.

The Paritätische in Bayern draws attention to social problems and suggests political, legal and social solutions. During public and social policy debates it promotes social justice and a cohesive society.

The Paritätische in Bayern represents the interests of people and their associated social organisations relative to politics by commenting on draft legal instruments and working in political bodies regionally and throughout Bayern.

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We represent people’s interests.

We support people that support other people. And people who get together to collectively represent their interests and rights. Everyone should be able to shape his or her life himself or herself, and to participate in an active social life.

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We represent and give advice to our members.

The Paritätische in Bayern informs and represents its member organisations. It concentrates their interests in politics and agencies such as government departments/ministries, health insurance providers and municipalities.

The Paritätische in Bayern provides advice and supports its members giving professional advice and obtaining financial means.

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We operate social institutions and services.

The Paritätische in Bayern is itself an operator of social institutions. Among them are day care centres for children, old age homes, information centres for migrants, a social psychiatric centre for people with mental illnesses, a women’s shelter, social services for the hearing-impaired, and a volunteer agency.

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We are 800

The Paritätische in Bayern is a legally independent non-profit association. We have about 800 member organisations that are active in all areas of social activity.

The Paritätische in Bayern in numbers

  • has 800 member organisations with 61,000 employees
  • has approximately 28,000 actively engaged civically-oriented persons
  • approximately 2,000 employees are directly employed by the association and its institutions and services
  • has a regional branch and six district branches
  • is represented in about 450 bodies on the local, municipal, state and federal levels

The association is primarily financed by member contributions and project funds.  The work of the institutions and services is financed from service fees, grants from public entities, trust disbursements, lotteries, and donations.

The Paritätische in Bayern and its 800 member organisations offer assistance, advice and services in all areas of social activity throughout Bavaria.

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Our history

The Paritätische in Bayern has been in existence in Bavaria for almost 100 years. Then and now the association critically examines civic and social developments, takes them up and identifies solutions. In doing so it has access to its wide net of member organisations, many of which have been created based on new social movements such as the movement for independent and self-determined living, the women’s movement, and self-help. Being open-minded to innovative approaches characterises the association.  

Our history began in 1924 with Luise Kiesselbach. Luise Kisselbach was a well-known Bavarian women’s and socially-oriented politician and one of the first female city councillors of Munich.

Luise Kiesselbach’s motto was: do pioneering work, give work a meaning, do not deny even the poorest people human rights! This motto is as valid for the Paritätische in Bayern today as it was then for Luise Kiesselbach.

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