Helga Konrad

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Konrad in 2016

Helga Konrad (born 10 January 1948) is an Austrian politician.


Konrad was born and grew up in Graz. She studied English and Romance philology at the University of Graz and in Paris, completing a doctorate in 1975. She worked for the Chamber for Workers and Employees and later the Steirische Kulturinitiative [de].[1]

She is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ), and in 1987 became a city councillor in Graz. She was elected to the National Council in the 1990 Austrian legislative election. Konrad briefly returned to local politics in Graz in 1993 until she succeeded Johanna Dohnal as Federal Minister for Women's Affairs in April 1995 on the government of Franz Vranitzky, remaining in office until the chancellor's resignation in 1997.[1]

Konrad's most impactful project was a campaign to promote equal participation in household chores between genders.[2] In 1999 Konrad received the Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver with Star for Services to the Republic of Austria.[3]

Konrad is considered an expert on combating human trafficking. From 2000 until 2004 she led a Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe task force against human trafficking, and in 2004 was appointed as the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's special representative for the issue.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Helga Konrad". Munzinger-Archiv (in German). Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Das österreichische Frauenministerium". Der Standard (in German). 7 March 2002. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Anfragebeantwortung" [List of recipients of Austrian medals and decorations (1952–2012)] (PDF) (in German). p. 1255. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Helga Konrad appointed OSCE Chair's special representative against human trafficking". osce.org (Press release). 13 May 2004. Retrieved 20 November 2019.

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