What we stand for / Social Equality


We strive for a society in which all people are treated with respect and tolerance and everyone has equal opportunities. In order to ensure this equality, we still have to change a few things.

  • Ensure equal pay
    All companies should disclose the gender pay gap in their annual financial statements. This transparency helps to further close the gender pay gap.

  • Ensuring equality in medicine
    Currently, medications and studies are mostly tested or carried out on men. Due to physiological differences, women may be overdosed or underdosed when prescribed medication. From the studies to becoming a physician right up to the approval of new medications, we want to integrate gender-specific medicine.

  • Facilitate access to abortion
    Even though abortions are technically legal in Switzerland, the legal text reads as follows: “Abortions are illegal in Switzerland, except...” This legal text should be adapted so that abortions are legal. In addition, access to abortions and information about them should be improved.

  • Expand protection against sexual assault
    The current sexual criminal law is very outdated. Even if an improvement towards a “no means no” rule was a first step,should It doesn't stop there - only “Yes means Yes” guarantees that people in Switzerland are fully protected from sexual assault.

  • Record hate crimes throughout Switzerland
    We want to introduce and evaluate statistics on hate crimes against women, LGBTQIA+, BIPoC and other minorities throughout Switzerland. The authorities should be regularly sensitised using this data and further advice services should be created for those affected.

  • Ban conversion therapy
    Conversion therapies that promise to change a person's sexual orientation should be banned.

  • Legalise surrogacy
    Surrogacy should be legalised if it is altruistically motivated.

  • Pathologize transgender identities
    Trans people should receive easier support throughout their entire life journey. We want to raise awareness in medical studies, make extensive adjustments to the legal situation including third gender entry, cover medical costs and provide easier access to advice and support.

  • End racial profiling
    Racial profiling, for example controlling people based on their skin colour or origin, should be banned. Police officers should be sensitised and trained and have to provide internal information at every stop as to why they suspected this person.

  • Finally implement the Disability Equality Act
    According to the Disability Equality Act BehiG, public transport should be barrier-free from the beginning of 2024. The federal government, cantons, municipalities, SBB and others have not achieved this. Public spaces, including transport, must be made barrier-free as quickly as possible. To this end, barrier-free access and operation should be guaranteed for all conversions of public buildings and facilities right from the planning stage.

  • Expand political participation for people with disabilities
    IsThe aim is to ensure that people with disabilities are included in political decision-making processes, for example through an annual disability session.

The 5+1 challenges

Volt has defined 5+1 fundamental challenges that need to be addressed in every European country and in Europe as a whole.

Why 5 + 1 challenges?

The 5 challenges are essentially the same for each country, but their implementation can be adapted at the national level to take into account local circumstances.

Challenge No. +1 - our proposal to reform and strengthen the EU - is identical in all our national programs. Here in Switzerland, our relations with the EU are the focus.

Take a look at our Europe-wide programme!
  • 01

    Smart State

    Education and digitalisation are key elements of the 21st century

  • 02

    Economic Renaissance

    An innovative economy is the engine for the progress of society.

  • 03

    Social Equality

    No one should be left behind - regardless of gender, income, religion or origin.

  • 04

    Global Balance

    Europe must live up to its responsibility in the world to secure our common future.

  • 05

    Citizen Empowerment

    European citizens must be able to make informed political decisions, independently influence politics beyond elections and exercise their democratic rights.

  • +1

    EU Reform

    We love the EU - but that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement.