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Mayor Salerno strives for a Geneva that lives for its inhabitants

“I have always worked to make Geneva a better city, open to the world and respectful of all its inhabitants, independently of their origin, their gender or their sexual orientation” says Sandrine Salerno, Mayor of Geneva. She has been in Swiss politics for almost two decades now and is the 4th woman who holds this title in the city.

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11th December 2013 14:31

Alessia Valenza

A long time campaigner for better wages and working conditions as well as maternity and paternity rights in the city, Salerno speaks to Kaos GL Magazine’s “Local elections and politics” edition about her crucial path to make this province a more giving and livable place. Enjoy this inspiring interview!  – By Nevin Oztop

You are actually holding the office for the second time, first one being between 2010-2011. One of the outstanding things you have done was to introduce better working conditions and wages for staff. You said you hope this will have a “ripple effect on the private sector”. Do you have an agenda for the LGBT workers?
Yes, we do. We are currently analyzing our Human Resources management system to ensure it is not discriminating against our LGBT collaborators.

We also have launched an awareness campaign on these issues through our in-house training program. We will present what we are implementing during the next “Congress Against Homophobia” organized by the LGBT organizations in November 2014.

You are one of the very few women who held the title of Mayor of Geneva. To be precise, you are the 4th women. You are also a longtime campaigner for maternity rights and more visibility for women in politics. Could you perhaps tell us very shortly about this crucial struggle?
Increasing women’s participation in politics, as well as their access to top-level positions in the economical field, is still a crucial question in Switzerland, even though we’ve been talking about it for a long time. (…)


Read the full interview in Kaos GL Magazine, click HERE