Petra Bayr
Member of the Austrian Parliament

Born on April 28th 1968 in Vienna
1974-1978 Primary School in Vienna
1978-1986 Secondary School in Vienna, Matura

Professional History

1983 – 86 editor of a pupil’s magazine
1984 – 85 freelancer at the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF and different youth magazines
1986 inscription at the University of Vienna, studies of sociology and pedagogics
1986 – 96 moderator and coach in extracurricular youth work
1994 – 97 employee at the ÖIAG, the Austrian Industry Holding Corporation
1994 – 96 parliamentary assistant
1997 – 2001 coordinator at “ega” communications- and culture-center for women
Since 2001 civil society networking, anti-racism activities and international relations at the SPÖ Vienna

2011 - 2013 Master of Arts Human Rights, Danube University Krems, Master Thesis: Die österreichische Aids Politik betrachtet durch eine Menschenrechtsbrille

2013 - 2017 Master of Legal Studies, Danube University Krems, Master Thesis: Der Straftatbestand der Verhetzung im österreichischen Strafgesetzbuch


Political History

1984 – 97 Youth section of the Trade Union for Private Employees, inter alia chairperson of the pupils’ and later of the students’ trade union, deputy chair of the federal youth section

1985 – 2002 Activist at the women’s section of the trade union for Private Employees

Since 1986 Activist at Social Democratic Party of Austria in Favoriten (a district of Vienna) e.g. at “Young Generation”, at a local section, at the women’s organisation

1990 – 92 Chair of the Women’s Commission of the Austrian Youth Council (ÖBJR)

1994 – 96 Member of the District Parliament of Favoriten/Vienna, responsible for drug prevention

1996 – 2002 Member of the Vienna City Council, focus on environment, urban planning and inclusion of people with disabilities

1999 – 2001 Chair of “Young Generation” of the SPÖ Favoriten

1999 – 2003 Chair of “Young Generation” of the SPÖ Vienna and member of the Executive Board of the SPÖ Vienna

Since 2000 Chair of the SPÖ Women’s Organisation in Favoriten and deputy chair of the Social Democratic Party in Favoriten/Vienna

Since 2002 Member of the Austrian Parliament, SPÖ spokesperson for global development

2003  Founder of Plattform stopFGM – Austrian Platform to end female genital mutilation

2007 – 2011 vice chairperson of the committee on environment of the National Assembly and spokesperson on environment of the Social Democratic Party

Since 2009 Deputy chair of SPÖ Women’s Organisation in Vienna

2008 - 2010 Co-chair of the "Leadership and Accoutability Programme Committee" and member of the "Conference Coordination Committee" to prepare the XVIII international Aids Conference "Rights Here, Right Now"

2009 - 2015 Member of the Executive Committee of EPF (European Parliamentarian Forum on Population and Development)

2010 -2016  Deputy Chair of Globe Europe (Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment)

2011 - 2017 Head of Austrian AWEPA Section (Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa)

2011 - 2017 Member of the Governing Council of AWEPA

Since 2012 Member of the board of trustees of Rechtskomitee Lambda, Austria’s lgbt-rights organisation;

Since 2012 Member of the Advisory Group on Health of the IPU (Inter Parliamentarian Union)

2012-2016 Senior Parliamentarian Advisor for FGM programmes of AWEPA International

Since 2013 Steering Committees Member of the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism

Since 2015 Board Member of PGA - Parliamentarians for Global Action and Co-Convenor of the Gender Equality and Population Programme

2015 -2017 Member of the Governing Council of AWEPA International, political coordinator on aid effectiveness since 2016

Since 2016 Board Member and Treasurer of PGA - Parliamentarians for Global Action

Since 2017 Vice President of International Planned Parenthood Federation Europe (IPPF EN)

Since 2017 Member of UNITE Parliamentarians Network to End HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis and Tuberculosis

Since 2018 Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)

Since 2018 Vice President of European Parliamentarian Forum on sexual and reproductive rights (EPF)