The Swiss Rainbow Families Association will open a professional office as of 1 September 2013

Submitted by The Swiss Rainbow Families Association

Zurich, 13 August 2013
New Office as of 1 September 2013; New Vice-President
Rainbow families in Switzerland need legal protection and a place in family and educational policy. These types of challenges require a coordinated approach that promotes political alliances, cultivates networks with family organisations and educational institutions, and strengthens rainbow families.

Maria von Känel taking over general management
That is why the Swiss Rainbow Families Association will open a professional office as of 1 September 2013. Working half-days, Maria von Känel will serve as its general manager and will, with immediate effect, be the contact for all questions related to rainbow families, adoption laws and LGBT persons hoping to start a family. Maria von Känel has been organizing rainbow family gatherings in the greater Zurich area since 2009. She is a co-founder of the Swiss Rainbow Families Association and has been working as its vice-president since 2010. She is also a co-founder of NELFA (the Network of European LGBT Families Associations) and manages the Grundtvig project “Being an LGBT parent as an experience of democracy and active citizenship”. Maria von Känel initiated the International Family Equality Day (IFED), which is celebrated each year on the first Sunday in May – and which in 2013 was celebrated in 44 cities in 17 countries worldwide. She lives with her wife and their two children in the Zurich Oberland region.
Eva Kaderli taking over vice-presidency
As of 1 September 2013, Eva Kaderli will assume the vice-presidency of the Swiss Rainbow Families Association. She has been an active member of the association since 2010. She has served on the boards of such organisations as the CSD Zurich and the Swiss Lesbian Organisation (LOS) for many years. She is co-president of the association Familienchancen, which launched the petition “Gleiche Chancen für alle Familien” (“Equal opportunities for all families”). Eva Kaderli has been fascinated by the concept of rainbow families ever since she wrote her midwife diploma thesis on the topic “When female same-sex couples have children” 10 years ago. She dreams of, and supports, equal opportunities for all families! Eva Kaderli lives with her wife in Zurich, childless and happy.
Board excited about the reinforcement
The Rainbow Association’s co-presidents, Chatty Ecoffey and Martin della Valle, as well as the other members of the board are excited about these changes and are sure that they will open up valuable networking and educational possibilities, which will lead to increased visibility and equality for rainbow families.
Contact and further information:
Maria von Känel (General Manager, Swiss Rainbow Families Association)
+41 79 611 06 71
Office in Zürich: Sihlquai 67, 8004 Zurich
Office in Geneva: 36, rue de la Navigation, 1201 Geneva

The Swiss Rainbow Families Association has been championing the concerns and interests of Swiss rainbow families since September 2010 and serves as the contact for authorities, policymakers and the public for all questions related to the topic. The association advocates social and legal equality for rainbow families and promotes the recognition of rainbow families as one of several equivalent variants among the many possible family configurations.
The Swiss Rainbow Families Association organises regular gatherings, counselling and workshops for rainbow families and interested parties in German-, French- and Italian-speaking Switzerland. It organises national conferences on the topic of rainbow families and is involved in educational and family policy at a national level. The Swiss Rainbow Families Association is a member of Pro Familia Switzerland and a founding member of NELFA (the Network of European LGBT Families Associations) and ILGA Europe.
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