Social policy

Social policy: Equal rights for all

Tolerance, respect and openness are the cornerstones of a modern, liberal and inclusive society. The DP advocates for policies that take into account the needs of all citizens, regardless of gender, age, origin or sexual orientation. Be it in questions of equality, social acceptance, health, the working environment or physical self-determination. At 0.7%, Luxembourg has the lowest gender pay gap in the EU. Many steps have already been taken in this area. However, unequal pay represents only a fraction of the disadvantages that different people may face in life.

The DP is committed to addressing inequalities in the way people are treated, and to working for a more just society. 

The classic two-gender categorisation between man and woman, as well as the exclusive equality of women and men, is no longer up-to-date for the DP. The DP is therefore of the opinion that the Ministry for Gender Equality with its current designation no longer does justice to this diversity. The DP will therefore advocate for the renaming of the ministry to, for example, “Ministry for the Equality of All People”.

To combat the stereotyping of gender roles, the DP will continue to provide the necessary funding to support awareness-raising initiatives such as Girls Day – Boys Day. In the spirit of gender neutrality, another name for this project should also be considered.

Refer to chapter on Health

Artificial insemination, also known as in vitro fertilisation, is currently regulated in Luxembourg by a Grand-Ducal regulation. Medicine does not have a clear framework for IVF and there are also various restrictions on treatments and reimbursement. The DP proposes to create a legal basis for IVF that clearly defines the procedure for both parents and doctors in these cases.

By introducing surrogacy in Luxembourg, the DP wants to offer those couples who cannot achieve biological parenthood due to medical reasons or other circumstances the possibility to start their families. Surrogacy is supposed to be based on an altruistic model, where the motivation of the surrogate mother is based on altruistic help. In doing so, we will of course carefully consider the legal and ethical framework in order to adequately protect the interests and rights of all parties involved. Foreign surrogacy is also to be recognised in Luxembourg.

Luxembourg is generally well placed in the ILGA rating. One condition that is not yet fulfilled in Luxembourg, unlike in France for example, is that conversion therapies for people from LGBTQ+ backgrounds are not explicitly prohibited by law. The DP advocates for these therapies to be enshrined in law in the Criminal Code as part of the determination of physical and mental integrity.

If a newborn turns out to be intersex, gender-assignment surgery is still resorted to in order to assign the child to a biological sex. These operations are usually not essential for survival and could also be postponed to a later time when the child can make this decision himself. Many intersex people suffer from the consequences of this procedure later in life. The DP is therefore campaigning for these operations to be banned and for parents to be better informed about the consequences of such a decision.

Having already passed a law to better protect victims of forced prostitution during the last legislative period, the DP will make additional efforts to eliminate prostitution from Luxembourg’s streets. We will examine whether partial legalisation of prostitution in registered and state-controlled establishments can help to achieve this goal.

In addition to the options of woman or man, the DP believes that a third option – as well as the option of not indicating gender – should be possible in all official documents, applications and contracts of state and para-state stakeholders.

Refer to the chapter on Financial Centre

By banning virginity certificates, we are sending a clear message: The female body should not be publicly examined, evaluated or controlled. This ban strengthens a woman’s fundamental right to make self-determined decisions about her body and her sexuality. It also has the goal to protect the dignity of women and combat gender discrimination.