The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (hbs) is a non-profit political foundation affiliated with the German Green Party. We act as a catalyst for green visions and projects, a think tank for policy reform, and an international network. Hbs seeks to advance democracy and human rights, protect the environment and climate, and promote the peaceful resolution of conflicts. We place particular emphasis on gender democracy, meaning social emancipation and equal rights for women and LGBTI communities. We work in over 60 countries worldwide and currently maintain 32 international offices. Our Washington, DC office is a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes policy reform and political dialogue in our program areas through publications, public seminars, conferences, workshops, study tours and visitor programs.Mission Statement
Heinrich Böll is one of the most important and best-known writers of the Federal Republic of Germany. "Bound by the times and my contemporaries, to what my generation has lived through, experienced, seen, and heard," as he himself wrote, he was the critical chronicler of Germany’s history at mid-century. Read more
Gender democracy is an overarching goal of our work and a cross-cutting theme for all activities of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung. This concept addresses the deep-rooted structural, societal, and cultural causes of the persisting inequalities between men, women, and gender minorities. We integrate considerations of gender equality into all of our programs, building awareness in international political processes, institutions and networks and offering perspectives for gender-responsive policy and financing approaches. Read more.