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Work-life balance as a condition of equal participation of women and men in the labour market. November 11, 2013, Vilnius Ms Virginija LANGBAKK Director of the European Institute for Gender Equality. Women are less likely to participate in the labour market. Can reconciliation help?.

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Work life balance as a condition of equal participation of women and men in the labour market

Work-life balance as a condition of equal participation of women and men in the labour market

November 11, 2013, Vilnius

Ms Virginija LANGBAKK

Director of the European Institute for Gender Equality


Women are disproportionately responsible for care activities

Women women and men in the labour market are less likely to participate in the labour market

Can reconciliation help?

Women are disproportionately responsible for care activities


"… If you asked me if I would stay at home with the kids and she would go to work, I find this unimaginable and I wouldn't like this… In fact, yes, this would be humiliating for me to know that my wife is the breadwinner. But also because I think that children need their mother more in the early years than their fathers".

A man from Hungary, 22 years old


76.6 and she would go to work, I find this unimaginable and I wouldn't like this… In fact, yes, this would be humiliating for me to know that my wife is the breadwinner. But also because I think that children need their mother more in the early years than their fathers".

FTE employment

69.0

Duration of working life

62.2

Sectoral segregation

Flexibility of working time

Health and safety

Training at work


Full-time employment and she would go to work, I find this unimaginable and I wouldn't like this… In fact, yes, this would be humiliating for me to know that my wife is the breadwinner. But also because I think that children need their mother more in the early years than their fathers".

The difference between Women and men in FTE participation in the labour is of 15 percentage point in all Member States

56%

41%

EU-27, 2010


69.9 and she would go to work, I find this unimaginable and I wouldn't like this… In fact, yes, this would be humiliating for me to know that my wife is the breadwinner. But also because I think that children need their mother more in the early years than their fathers".


"… If you asked me if I would stay at home with the kids and she would go to work, I find this unimaginable and I wouldn't like this… In fact, yes, this would be humiliating for me to know that my wife is the breadwinner. But also because I think that children need their mother more in the early years than their fathers".

A man from Hungary, 22 years old


45.5 and she would go to work, I find this unimaginable and I wouldn't like this… In fact, yes, this would be humiliating for me to know that my wife is the breadwinner. But also because I think that children need their mother more in the early years than their fathers".

Childcare activities

Domestic activities

38.8

33.0

Sport, culture and leisure activities

Volunteering and charitable activities


38.8 and she would go to work, I find this unimaginable and I wouldn't like this… In fact, yes, this would be humiliating for me to know that my wife is the breadwinner. But also because I think that children need their mother more in the early years than their fathers".


Many more women than men spent on average one or more hours a day on housework and cooking
Many more women than men spent, on average, one or more hours a day on housework and cooking

EU-27, 2010


Can reconciliation help

Parenthood and employment hours a day on housework

Benefits

Reductions in public expenditure on benefits in relation to care work perpetuate the uneven distribution of unpaid care work between women and men

Can reconciliation help?

Having children, on an EU average, decreases the employment rate of women by more than 10% compared to womenwithout children, while men with children have a higher probability to work.

Eurostat, EU LFS.


Room for improvement hours a day on housework


Decision-makers are usually men and these are the people that need to be impacted. They must be made to feel responsible for the changes that need to be brought about’.(NicosPeristianis, sociologist, Chairman of the Board of the University of Nicosia

Background Study on the Involvement of Men in Gender Equality within EIGE's working areas (2011)


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