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March 2020

Advice and support during the isolation

The coming weeks will be a challenge for all of us. Our everyday life has changed immensely; less social contacts, being tied to our own home or a lack of a daily routine intensify our worries and problems. But you are not alone! Whether you have questions about your studies, have financial problems or just need someone to talk to, we have summarized the most important addresses at the university and in the city. In times like these it is even more important to be there for each other and to take care of yourself. Keep in touch with your friends, get some fresh air and exercise and always remember that this time, too, will pass. Under the link in the bio you will find all phone numbers and links.

Contact points at HHU:

Contact points at the students union:

  • Advice and support by phone, via e-Mail, Skype or Discord. Simply ask the departments at www.asta.hhu.de
  • Discord-Server especially for queer students at HHU at discord.gg/MzNJK6n

Contact points in the city of Düsseldorf:

  • frauenberatungsstelle düsseldorf (women support center) e.V.: Phone: 0211 68 68 54 (daily from 10 am to 10 pm); In acute cases, accommodation can also be provided for women* affected by violence and their children.
  • Diakonie Düsseldorf bzw. AWO FamilienglobusgGmbH: Phone: 0157 14 84 726 for men exposed to violence
  • Social Service of catholic men (SKM gGmbH Düsseldorf): phone: 0211 23 39 480 (Central hotline); www.echte-männer-reden.de
  • Youth welfare services Düsseldorf: Phone: 0211 89 92 400 (monday to friday, 8 am to 5 pm); www.duesseldorf.de/jugendamt/kinder-schuetzen/not; Contact persons on site in the city district can be found at: www.duesseldorf.de/jugendamt/fuer-familien-da-sein/bsd.
  • Hotline violence against women: 08000 116 016; at www.hilfetelefon.de consultations by e-mail or instant chat are possible. In addition, telephone consultations are available in 17 languages and in sign language (online).
  • Hotline sexual assault: 0800 22 55 530; www.nina-info.de/hilfetelefon.html
  • Crisis Hotline (pastoral service): 0800 111 0 111 or 0800 111 0 222


Intersexuality generally refers to innate physical characteristics that do not fit into the binary social norm of male and female. The portal "Inter* NRW" collects information on a wide range of topics and is intended to be a source for all those who deal with the topic of Inter*. In addition to information on topics such as counselling opportunities, human rights or strategies for visits to doctors, you will also find information on legal issues, such as marital status, rights regarding medicine, rights regarding health insurance or the rights of minors regarding third parties.

Number of the month march

The number of the month March: 11% of the students in Germany have, according to the social survey of the Deutsches Studentenwerk, at least one health impairment that makes their studies more difficult. Among these students are also some with immune deficiencies or certain pre-existing conditions that make them a risk group for the current coronavirus. More figures on the members of the HHU and further facts about the dimension "physical and mental abilities" can be found here..

Equal Pay Day

The average gross hourly wage for women calculated by the Federal Statistical Office amounted to 17.72 euros in 2019, while men's came to 22.16 euros. This puts the wage gap in Germany at 20 percent. A large part of this wage gap can be explained by structural differences in employment: Women, for example, are more likely to work part-time and pursue lower-paid occupations, such as care work. The Equal Pay Day symbolically marks the gender pay gap. Converted, this results in 77 days that women will work for free in 2020. Further information can be found at www.equalpayday.de and at www.tagesschau.de.

Helping out in times of Covid-19

According to the current state of knowledge, the corona virus can be very dangerous for people with previous diseases or at an advanced age. We must therefore protect people in this risk group: Both by keeping our social contacts to a minimum and by breaking the chain of infection, and by helping our neighbours who cannot leave the house themselves. Shopping, walking the dog and picking up medicine, or looking after children who are currently without care can relieve others. You can offer your help online via various platforms, or you can simply hang a note in your hallway. You can download a template at nebenan.de. Factual information about the virus and its consequences can be found, for example, on the NDR website: the podcast "Coronavirus-Update" with Christian Drosten, Head of Virology at the Berlin Charité, provides information without causing unnecessary panic. We look forward to receiving further tips in the comments!

Children's flea market

Sadly the event has to be postponed. - -
On May 17th, the Family Support Center of Heinrich Heine University and the Family Office of the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences (HSD) will once again be hosting a joint flea market. From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in building 4 at Münsterstraße 156, clothes, toys, baby and infant articles, board games, strollers or even furniture for the new generation will be bought and sold. The 50 flea market stalls are given preferentially to members of the HHU and HSD, you can register until May 8th. No participation fee is required, instead everyone who wants to sell something brings home-baked goods for the cake buffet. You can find more information at hhu.de/familienberatung.

Looking for plushies!

For the Teddy Bear Hospital Düsseldorf the @asta_hhu is looking for stuffend animals! The "Teddybärkrankenhaus Düsseldorf" and @medi_dus need your cuddly toys! Since 2018, the medical refugee aid Düsseldorf has been involved in the Teddy Bear Hospital, a Europe-wide project to help children playfully overcome their fear of doctors. To make this experience possible for refugee children as well, you can bring your stuffed animals to the AStA (Geb. 25.23, directly behind the ULB) until April 1st, 2020.

International Women's Day

March 8 is International Women's Day. Since 1911 women* have taken to the streets on this day to fight for their rights and gender equality. More information about events in Düsseldorf can be found at www.duesseldorf.de/gleichstellung

Equal Care Day

The #EqualCareDay has been held every year since 2016 on the 29th of February (or 1st of March) and is a day of action to draw attention to the lack of appreciation and unfair distribution of care work. The Equal Care Day initiative calls for fair payment for professional care work and a fairer distribution of private care work as well as the reduction of structural discrimination. More information can be found at www.equalcareday.de

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