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Rita Süssmuth
Rita Süssmuth
(born 17 February 1937) is a German politician and a member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

Contents

1 Early life and education 2 Political career 3 Life after politics 4 Recognition 5 Selected works 6 References 7 Sources 8 External links

Early life and education[edit] Süssmuth graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Münster in 1964. From 1966 until 1982, she was a faculty member in education at University of Dortmund, Ruhr University, and their predecessor institutions. Political career[edit] From 1985 to 1988, Süssmuth was Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth under Chancellor Helmut Kohl. She was a member of the German Bundestag
Bundestag
from 1987 to 2002. After the resignation of Philipp Jenninger
Philipp Jenninger
in 1988 she became the 10th President of the Bundestag. She held the post until 1998, when the SPD became the strongest group in parliament. From 1986 to 2001, Süssmuth was president of the Frauenunion (the organization of the female members of the CDU) and therefore had a strong influence in her party. Life after politics[edit] In September 2000, Federal Minister of the Interior Otto Schily appointed Süssmuth as head of a high-profile bipartisan commission to overhaul Germany's immigration policies.[1] Since 2005, she has been president of the OTA Hochschule, a private university in Berlin. After leaving politics, Süssmuth has been involved in a number of philanthropic and business activities, including the following:

UNAIDS
UNAIDS
High Level Commission on HIV Prevention, Co-Chair (since 2010)[2] Technical University of Berlin, Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees (since 2010) European Policy Centre, Member of the Strategic Council Global Commission on International Migration, Member (2003–2005)[3] Migration Policy Institute (MPI), Member of the Board of Trustees[4] Heinz Galinski Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees[5] Deutsche Initiative für den Nahen Osten (DINO), Member of the Board of Trustees[6] Gegen Vergessen – Für Demokratie, Chairwoman of the Advisory Board[7] German Foundation for World Population
German Foundation for World Population
(DSW), Member of the Advisory Board Til Schweiger
Til Schweiger
Foundation, Member of the Advisory Board[8] Total E-Quality initiative, Member of the Board of Trustees[9] United Nations Association of Germany (DGVN), Member of the Presidium[10] Bertelsmann Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees (1997–2015) EnBW, Member of the Advisory Board (2004–2009)[11]

Süssmuth is also Member of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation established in 2008 to monitor tolerance in Europe and prepare recommendations to European governments and IGOs on fighting xenophobia and anti-semitism. Süssmuth is a supporter of the Campaign for the Establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, an organisation which advocates for democratic reformation of the United Nations.[12] Recognition[edit] In 2006 Süssmuth was awarded the Magnus Hirschfeld Medal for Sexual Reform for her courageous and far-sighted HIV/AIDS politics whilst federal minister. Selected works[edit]

Bildung als globale Herausforderung. Zwei Statements – ein Gespräch with Hermann Glaser, in: Robertson-von Trotha, Caroline Y.
Robertson-von Trotha, Caroline Y.
(ed.): Kultur und Gerechtigkeit (= Kulturwissenschaft interdisziplinär/Interdisciplinary Studies on Culture and Society, Vol. 2), Baden-Baden 2007, ISBN 978-3-8329-2604-5

References[edit]

^ Germany's Need for Immigrants New York Times, 30 July 2001. ^ Eminent world personalities call for an HIV Prevention Revolution UNAIDS, press release of 1 December 2010. ^ Global Commission on International Migration International Organization for Migration. ^ Board of Trustees Migration Policy Institute (MPI). ^ Board of Trustees Heinz Galinski Foundation. ^ Board of Trustees Deutsche Initiative für den Nahen Osten (DINO). ^ Advisory Board Gegen Vergessen – Für Demokratie. ^ About Us Til Schweiger
Til Schweiger
Foundation. ^ Board of Trustees Total E-Quality. ^ Presidium United Nations Association of Germany (DGVN). ^ 2009 Annual Report EnBW. ^ "Statements". Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Retrieved 2017-09-28.  first1= missing last1= in Authors list (help)

Sources[edit]

Michael F. Feldkamp
Michael F. Feldkamp
(ed.), Der Bundestagspräsident. Amt – Funktion – Person. 16. Wahlperiode, München 2007, ISBN 978-3-7892-8201-0

External links[edit]

Media related to Rita Süssmuth
Rita Süssmuth
at Wikimedia Commons Official biography at Bundestag.de (German, from 2002) Interview "Education is a human right" by ERSTE Stiftung (2011) [1]

Political offices

Preceded by Heiner Geißler Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth 1985–1988 Succeeded by Ursula Lehr

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Presidents of the Bundestag

Erich Köhler Hermann Ehlers Eugen Gerstenmaier Kai-Uwe von Hassel Annemarie Renger Karl Carstens Richard Stücklen Rainer Barzel Philipp Jenninger Rita Süssmuth Wolfgang Thierse Norbert Lammert Wolfgang Schäuble

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 42638293 LCCN: n83013115 ISNI: 0000 0001 2066 2077 GND: 118992872 SUDOC: 05916140

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