In Basel, guild members will combine with women

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It’s a small semantic change, but it could well shake up a thousand-year-old sexist tradition on the banks of the Rhine: from January 2022, the regulations of the Basel corporations, male bastions inherited from the Middle Ages, will no longer say “brothers” to speak of theirs. . But simply “members”, both feminine and masculine.

The executive of the bourgeois commune – the local authority which brings together the inhabitants from the city – announced at the beginning of spring its decision to adapt the guild regulations to make it neutral. The debate has been raging for three years, between supporters of a reform to push these organizations to apply the principle of equality between women and men and those who support the freedom of the inter-self of male societies.