Cornelia Batliner
Cornelia Batliner

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[ European Commission, DG V ]

© Jan 2001

European Database: Women in Decision-Making

Cornelia Batliner

Political Development

1. What made you decide to go into politics?
If you think about politics of being involved in community affairs I always have been political. But being active for the public and working for a party started 2 years ago.

2. Do/did you have a role model?
My uncle was in politics for many years, even once as head of the government. He is my role model because I think he had fair and objective attitudes towards the public and politics.

3. Is there a tradition of political involvement/ policy - making in your family?
Yes. In my father's and my mother's family there were activists in politics.

4. Have you been engaged in political grassroots activities before your involvement in party politics - e.g. in a citizens' rights, parents or initiative? If so, in which function, in which institution and when did your political carrier begin?
About 20 years ago I was asked to build up a group of young people for the party. This idea did not work out. The problem was I did not only want to organize barbecues. But as I mentioned above my political carrier began 2 years ago when I was asked to become an activist during the election campaign for the local district council.

5. What were important experiences you made? What made you decide to change from grassroots to party politics?
I realized many new aspects and correlations. I learned to understand why certain decisions had been made in the past. I had to learn how people can change their mind and lose their principles when politics interfere with their personal interests. I always have been interested in community affairs and to a lot of them I don't agree. As I got the chance to engage myself for community I took it. I think it is important that there are women who do this job.

6. Were there disruptions in your political career?
20 years ago women in Liechtenstein had no right to vote. I rubbed myself up the wrong way because I always had taken it as a matter of course and acted like that.

7. Were there disruptions in your biography that have had an impact on your political career?
I traveled a lot. Those experiences told me that its worth while to engage for my native country.

8. How and why did your political objectives change during your political career?
I don't yet have the final answers. I am still looking for them.

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Party Affiliation

1. Motivation for joining a political party?
Up to the time I was asked to become a member of a party I was only interested in getting objective knowledge about politics. Now I had to decide whether or not a membership would fit me, whether or not can or will I want to become an activist. But to work for that kind of party has a tradition in my family.

2. Which party and when?
I am a member of the FBPL (Fortschrittliche Bürgerliche Partei Liechtenstein) officially since 2 years. The FBPL is one of the 2 great parties in Liechtenstein. I think their aims are similar, there are only little differences. There are only differences in their history of development.

3. Does your party have equal opportunity regulations?
Not now, but I hope for the next elections for parliament they will have.

4. Which office/function did you hold in your party at the beginning? How long after joining? How did you get into running for office?
I am still a member of the local district council since 2 years.

5. Did you have mentors within your party?
No.

6. Have you ever changed party affiliation?
No.

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Profession/ Current priorities

1. How does your profession relate to your political work?
There are no conflicts of interest, but time management is a real challenge. I have to invest a lot of hours in politics.

2. What kind of qualifications do you have?
I was trained as a teacher. Afterwards I made a degree in 'school based healing pedagogy' at the university of Fribourg, CH.

3. In what kinds of jobs did you work?
In the areas mentioned above.

4. Do you link your professional and political career?
My professional work and my further education are suffering from my lack of time at the moment.

5. In which areas do you see your special competencies?
I prefer working in the background, but I am competent in organizing and listening and so often could bring endless discussions to an issue. I think I know human nature quite well.

6. What are your political priorities?
My job in the local district is to engage with young people's affairs. I want to present society with the problems of young people and to optimize life in the community.

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Political Aims/ Priorities/ Assessments

1. Which objectives would you like to achieve through your political work?
I want to proof that women are able to work in politics like men do. My dream is equality of work irrespective of having been done by women or by men.

2. Do equal opportunities strategies in your opinion have an impact in your country in the promotion of women in decision-making- please specify?
I was always thinking it is not necessary. For me it was a matter of course, but the longer the more I believe they would be helpful for women to show their capability.

3. Did you benefit from these strategies?
No.

4. Do you see direct or indirect discrimination in "conventional" policy making? What is it that keeps women from committing themselves to politics?
The traditional thinking in our country is discriminating in an indirect way. Even women often don't believe in other women's capability to work for politics.

5. What are the major obstacles that women need to overcome?
Many women don't dare, their opinion is not to be good enough for engaging in politics. They also think party politics will constrict them to much and they won't have any influence either. (That is also a problem of young people!). As the two main parties are very similar women often do not want to decide which one to chose for becoming an activist. And there is also the problem of having multiple roles like family, profession,...

6. What obstacles have you had to overcome in your own career?
The biggest problem I had to fight was within myself: Am I able to do it, do I know enough, do I want to do it? And the decision to engage myself to work for a party was real a great problem. I don't like to stand in public. But for women's sake it is important to engage oneself, to say "yes" when one is asked. Afterwards I realized my fears did not proof to be right: I am capable of working in politics!

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