• City: Vienna
  • Country: Austria
  • Population: 1 766 746
  • Location: 48.210033|16.363449

On 18 September 2019, The Vienna Executive City Councillors, Peter Hacker and Jurgen Czernohorszky signed new pledge to the EU Pillar of Social Rights, respectively on principle 19 housing and assistance for homeless and on principle 11 early childhood education and care.

On early childhood education and care, Vienna is committed to promote good quality services by:

•An education plan for all the kindergartens, providing support for activities related to communication, language, culture and technology.
•Creating additional kindergarten places for children aged 0 to 2.
•Introducing non-contributory kindergarten system, free of charge for all children from 0 to 5 years old. Since 2009, more than 250 000 children benefit from this system and parents have saved up to 3,000 EUR annually.
•Improving the training of kindergarten staff with new pedagogical training programmes.

To combat homelessness, Vienna is proposing a new strategy for 2019-2022 including:

•Better coordination between eviction prevention and the counselling centre for supported housing services as well as the expansion of the outreach services.
•Providing standard emergency accommodation and immediate counselling.
•Reinforcing Housing First solutions and long-term institutional alternatives (instead of overnight shelters and transitional accommodation).
•Establishing peer support, former homeless persons are complementing and supporting social workers with their insights experience.

With holistic approaches, Vienna is putting the inclusion and wellbeing of all its citizens at the heart of its social policies.

On 8 January 2019, Vienna became the 6th city to sign a pledge to the EU Pillar of Social Rights with a strong commitment to principle 2 on gender equality.

Vienna has a long-standing tradition of gender equality policies for over 25 years. Equality between women and men is a key priority mainstreamed in all areas of the city administration, including human resources, urban planning, education, women’s health and labour market policies.

Vienna is committed to continue and step up its work for gender equality by investing in:

  • A fifth safe shelter for women and children who have experienced domestic violence (to be built in 2020 with 50 places).
  • Advice centres with 24-hour women’s emergency helpline.
  • Free childcare for all children from birth to six years of age (currently 90% of children aged 3-6 attend childcare) with a focus on gender-sensitive education.
  • Support participation of over 3,000 girls and 160 businesses each year to the ‘Take Our Daughters to Work Day’ to empower girls from an early age to overcome gender-role stereotypes and explore careers in all fields of work.
  • Vienna Employment Promotion Fund supports women to enhance their skills and qualifications.
  • Vienna Business Agency supports career development of women in traditionally male-dominated sectors by granting bonuses for women in top jobs.
  • Integrating gender clauses in public procurement

Vienna’s councillor for women’s issues and housing, Kathrin Gaal, stated: “We are convinced that we can only achieve equality if it is perceived as a cross-cutting topic that concerns us all. In the next years, we will focus on gender and digitisation, working with girls and boys to overcome gender stereotyping and taking prevention efforts to achieve equality in the labour market”.

Principle 19: Housing and assistance for the homeless

Principle 11: Childcare and support to children
Principle 19: Housing and assistance for the homeless

Principle 2: Gender equality