Equality drive aims to widen girls' choices

Thousands of children on Thursday accompanied their parents to work to mark Switzerland's eighth national Daughters' Day.

This content was published on November 13, 2008 - 12:07

The day aims to promote equality in the workplace by giving girls a chance to learn more about the variety of career choices on offer.

It has started to include boys as well, offering them the chance to learn about more female-dominated professions.

A number of businesses were taking part in open-door projects, such as Girls and Technology or Try Out All Jobs, while Swiss Federal Railways welcomed around 700 children aged 11 to 13 who wanted to learn more about jobs in the sector.

At the interior ministry, President Pascal Couchepin, who is responsible for the portfolio, met 60 children brought to work by colleagues.

Daughters' Day is an initiative of equality offices in several cantons, supported by the Federal Professional Education and Technology Office.

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