Democratic Women's League of Germany

Founded in 1947, The Democratic Women's Federation of Germany ( DFD) was a women's organization. In the Soviet Occupation Zone and the GDR DFD was a mass organization. From the DFD Regional Associations in the Western occupation zones / Germany in 1952, an independent association that was established in 1957 banned in the Federal Republic. 1990, the DFD constituted as a charitable organization and changed its name to dfb.


The DFD was founded on the German Women's Congress for Peace from 7 to March 9, 1947 in Berlin Admiralty. Originating from the DFD is founded on October 30, 1945 anti-fascist women's committees. The more heterogeneous women's committees were united at the command of SMAD to the DFD. In attendance were 811 women from the then Soviet-occupied zone, 104 women from the western zones of occupation, as well as foreign guests and observers of the occupying powers. Congress of Else Lüders was opened. Elli Schmidt was 1949, the first chairman of the DFD. 1950 saw the establishment of West German regional associations, but they were also banned on April 10, 1957 in the course of the KPD ban.

Development in the SBZ / DDR

The DFD saw itself as the heir of the women's movement. The first anti-fascist, democratic, politically and religiously independent organization quickly developed into a mass organization in the wake of the SED. The DFD was incorporated in the Democratic Bloc of the National Front and presented proportionally deputies of the People's Chamber and from 1952 also in the district and county days. The order by the DFD should use according to the Constitution for the equality of women. He looked at the " Law for the Protection of mother and child and women's rights " with, which was adopted on 27 September 1950.

In a series of events and lectures, the DFD employed reinforced with health and pregnancy advice. After the first Women's Congress in 1964, he took care of reinforced to women who are not organized, were not working or only part-time employed, to win them for working life. At the instigation of DFD woman academies and Mrs. special classes emerged from the second half of the 1960s in many educational institutions. In the 1970s, the DFD organized in district and regional cities over 200, " advisory centers for household and family ", which quickly developed for practical advice for marriage, household and infant care.

Photos of XII. DFD Congress 1987

The Federal Congress of the DFD began its two-day deliberations. It was attended by 2300 delegates and 76 delegations from 64 countries.

Delegate of the XII. DFD Congress

The Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the GDR, Willi Stoph and the DFD Chair Ilse Thiele (right)

Badge and flag

The badge of the Women's League consisted of the group of letters DFD, which is surrounded by a rectangular frame. The F dominates this frame up and down. The whole is on a blue background. Blue stood for hope and a future.

After the turn

After 1989, the DFD participated in the first free parliamentary elections on 18 March 1990, however, only reached a vote share of 0.33 %. Thus they won a mandate that was perceived by Karin Bencze. Together with the nine members of the Democratic Peasants' Party of Germany ( DBD) they formed the DBD / DFD Group. As part of the resolution of the DBD end of August 1990, the Group fell apart, Karin Bencze went as a guest to the FDP.

In December 1989, women in East Berlin set up in competition with the DFD the Independent Women's Association ( UFV ), this is no longer existent, however.

After the reunification

After the reunification of Germany, the DFD changed on 26 October 1990 in the Democratic Women's Association eV ( dfb ) to establish and maintain since regional offices in the five East German Länder and in Berlin. In addition to its other objectives (promotion of democratic community, organized labor market policies and the promotion of tolerance and understanding ) is the dfb responsible for organization and maintenance of shelters. Because of the abbreviation " dfb " of the Democratic Women's Union was in dispute with the German Football Association.


Former Board Members

  • Helene Beer ( Liberal Democratic Party )
  • Emmy Damerius - Koenen (SED )
  • Anne -Marie Durand- Wever (independent) as Chairman and as her deputies
  • Käthe core ( SED)
  • Else Lüders (CDU )
  • Irmgard Neumann
  • Maria bailiff (SED )
  • Wilhelmine Schirmer Pröscher ( Liberal Democratic Party )
  • Elli Schmidt
  • Ilse Thiele (SED )

See also

Category: DFD Functionary