Mis­sion State­ment

Frauen­heldin­nen e.V.

The non-prof­it fund­ing plat­form Frauen­heldin­nen e.V. was found­ed by a group of women active in women’s pol­i­tics, busi­ness women and men, stu­dents, politi­cians, moth­ers and fathers.

Our goal is to pro­vide finan­cial and organ­i­sa­tion­al sup­port for infor­ma­tive mea­sures and resis­tance. Our efforts are direct­ed against the ide­o­log­i­cal influ­ence on our soci­ety that under­mines our sec­u­lar and con­sti­tu­tion­al order, endan­gers our chil­dren and puts the hard-won equal­i­ty of women and men at risk. At the same time, we oppose the cul­tur­al and reli­gious norms that have increas­ing­ly found their way into Europe and Ger­many since 2015 and that grant women only infe­ri­or civ­il rights.

Our actions are guid­ed by the val­ues of free demo­c­ra­t­ic basic order, in par­tic­u­lar Arti­cle 3 of the Basic Law [Grundge­setz] of the Fed­er­al Repub­lic of Ger­many (equal rights for women and men, pro­tec­tion of les­bians against dis­crim­i­na­tion) and Arti­cle 6 (pro­tec­tion of mar­riage and the fam­i­ly, while advo­cat­ing a strong posi­tion for moth­ers). Fur­ther­more, we are guid­ed by an uncon­di­tion­al com­mit­ment to the rule of law, plu­ral­ism, per­son­al respon­si­bil­i­ty and the indi­vid­ual free­dom to shape one’s life while recog­nis­ing the lim­its of oth­ers.

The fund­ing plat­form is run by the Frauen­heldin­nen e.V. asso­ci­a­tion, which is recog­nised as a non-prof­it organ­i­sa­tion. It is financed by a com­bi­na­tion of mem­ber­ship fees and dona­tions. Ini­tia­tives can use the fund­ing plat­form to fund their cause.

Who we are and what we stand for

  • We are het­ero­sex­u­al and les­bian women who were tru­ly tak­en aback when we realised that we were being intense­ly vil­i­fied for insist­ing on the real­i­ty of our sex.
  • Many of us who used to count our­selves as “left” or “cen­tre” now feel polit­i­cal­ly home­less, because the par­ties we used to vote for are clear­ly aban­don­ing fun­da­men­tal demo­c­ra­t­ic val­ues.
  • We are moth­ers and fathers whose chil­dren are hav­ing the idea put in their heads at kinder­garten or school that boys who like pink might not be boys but instead girls.
  • We are men who find it ques­tion­able when trans-iden­ti­fied men com­pete in women’s sports or when the state forces its cit­i­zens by law to speak out against their own per­cep­tions and beliefs.
  • We are pro­fes­sion­al ther­a­pists who see it as our job to pro­vide coun­selling with­out fixed expec­ta­tions, espe­cial­ly to chil­dren and young peo­ple, and who reject inter­ven­tion by means of surgery and irre­versible hor­mones and do not see this as “live-sav­ing trans health­care”.
  • We are edu­ca­tion­al pro­fes­sion­als who advise against pre­ma­ture sex edu­ca­tion.
  • We are peo­ple who con­sid­er it our con­sti­tu­tion­al­ly guar­an­teed right to express our opin­ion with­out hav­ing speech bans imposed on us.
  • We are sci­en­tists who know that bio­log­i­cal sex is immutable.
  • We are women who believe it is our human right to have our bod­ies, our repro­duc­tive capac­i­ty and sex­u­al­i­ty pro­tect­ed from vio­lence and exploita­tion.

Our stand­points

We are fight­ing to ensure that the next gen­er­a­tion of women will also have the free­doms that we enjoyed as a gen­er­a­tion of moth­ers and par­ents. This is why we are in favour of main­tain­ing a con­cept of sex that is tied to the immutable bio­log­i­cal bina­ry. We say no to legal and con­cep­tu­al arbi­trari­ness where men can enter safe spaces at the expense of women and the term woman becomes arbi­trary.

  • We say yes to a life with­out sex-based stereo­types, where women and men both take respon­si­bil­i­ty and where girls are allowed to be rough and wild and boys gen­tle and car­ing with­out this rais­ing doubts about their sex. And we are com­mit­ted to ensur­ing that the cur­rent and future gen­er­a­tion of boys see girls as equals, giv­ing them the oppor­tu­ni­ty to devel­op beyond stereo­types.
  • We say yes to the parental duty of care and the parental right of care. We say no to under­min­ing parental care through pro­vi­sions that give chil­dren the right to freely choose their name and reg­is­tered sex.
  • We say yes to qual­i­fied ther­a­py and explo­rative diag­nos­tics for chil­dren and ado­les­cents. We say no to “affir­ma­tive” con­sul­ta­tion on surgery, irre­versible hor­mones and med­ica­tion to “cor­rect” the sup­pos­ed­ly wrong body.
  • Homo­sex­u­al peo­ple expe­ri­ence broad accep­tance in our soci­ety. We say yes to mas­cu­line
    les­bian girls and fem­i­nine gay boys. We say no to the trend to con­vince les­bian girls
    they are boys because they love girls or don’t behave in a gen­der-role con­form­ing way.
    We say no to the era­sure of homo­sex­u­al­i­ty by claim­ing to refer to oppo­site-sex
    part­ners who claim to be of their own sex.
  • We say yes to ful­fill­ment of sex­u­al­i­ty that goes beyond sex-based norms that lim­it plea­sure and free­dom. We say no to a soci­ety where women’s bod­ies are bought and sex­u­al­ly exploit­ed.
  • We say yes to pro­tect­ing chil­dren. We say no to a soci­ety in which even chil­dren can watch bru­tal vio­lence, described as a sex­u­al prac­tice, on their phones.
  • We say yes to self-deter­mined fam­i­ly plan­ning and to to being able to decide for or against a preg­nan­cy. We say no to the con­trol of female fer­til­i­ty and to the health risks asso­ci­at­ed with ille­gal abor­tions. We say no to the con­trol of female fer­til­i­ty and health haz­ards that result when women are forced to have ille­gal abor­tions.
  • We say yes to a fam­i­ly con­stel­la­tion with a strong moth­er at the cen­tre. We say no to endan­ger­ment of chil­dren by vio­lent fathers.
  • Wir sagen Ja zu selb­st­bes­timmter Mut­ter­schaft. Wir sagen Nein zu ein­er Aus­beu­tung der weib­lichen Repro­duk­tions­fähigkeit durch Leih- bzw. Miet­mut­ter­schaft und Eizell­spende und wir sagen Nein zu der Inkauf­nahme ein­er Trau­ma­tisierung von Mut­ter und Kind.
  • We say yes to med­i­cine and tech­nol­o­gy that serves peo­ple. We say no to the instru­men­tal­iza­tion and pathol­o­giza­tion of young peo­ple in order to turn their bod­ies into a life­long source of cap­i­tal for the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal indus­try and bio- and gene tech­nol­o­gy.

Yes to real­i­ty

Frauen­heldin­nen e.V. is com­mit­ted to tak­ing a real­is­tic look at the cur­rent chal­lenges, uncloud­ed by ide­ol­o­gy.

  • We do not claim any moral absolutes. For us, all human beings, men and women alike, have equal rights. Moth­ers and chil­dren, though, have a spe­cial need for pro­tec­tion and it must be tak­en into account that even where there is equal­i­ty in law, sex-based dis­crim­i­na­tion and vio­lence have not tru­ly been elim­i­nat­ed.
  • We do not pur­sue an all-inclu­sive type of fem­i­nism that los­es sight of women in favour of all kinds of dis­crim­i­nat­ed peo­ple – we are com­mit­ted to fight­ing the sex-based dis­crim­i­na­tion and sex­u­al exploita­tion of women and girls, which is still ter­ri­bly wide­spread.
  • We are guid­ed by respect for oth­er cul­tures and reli­gions, but we reject cul­tur­al rel­a­tivism and are not afraid to call out a human rights vio­la­tion when we see one.
  • We val­ue dis­cus­sions on the mat­ter, but reject boy­cotting on moral grounds as we con­sid­er this can­cel cul­ture. We are against nar­row­ing the space for debate through bans on speech or thought, espe­cial­ly when it caus­es legit­i­mate inter­ests to suf­fer and stops issues from being dis­cussed.
  • We look at things close­ly and name the points wor­thy of crit­i­cism. We edu­cate with­out fear of crit­i­cism or defama­tion.
  • We are pre­pared to talk across par­ty-polit­i­cal bound­aries. We form alliances of rea­son and for the sake of the cause.
  • We con­demn the fact that woke activists triv­i­alise and instru­men­talise right-wing extrem­ism and anti-Semi­tism in order to pre­vent open debate.

The Frauen­heldin­nen e.V. team

Eva Engelken

Eva Engelken


Lawyer, jour­nal­ist and own­er of the com­mu­ni­ca­tions agency “Klar­text für Anwälte”

Susette Schubert

Susette Schu­bert

Deputy chair

Social work­er and employ­ee of an NGO

Melanie Wächter

Melanie Wächter

Deputy chair

Gov­ern­ment sec­re­tary, moth­er of two school-age chil­dren

Dr. Antje Galuschka

Dr. Antje Galusch­ka

Cer­ti­fied biol­o­gist, bank clerk, moth­er

Stephanie Adam

Stephanie Adam

Phys­io­ther­a­pist, mar­ried, moth­er of 3 school-age chil­dren

Montserrat Varela

Montser­rat Varela

Sworn trans­la­tor, lec­tur­er and moth­er of two school-age chil­dren