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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 are less likely to participate in the labour market

Can reconciliation help?

Women are disproportionately responsible for care activities


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

"… 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


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

76.6

FTE employment

69.0

Duration of working life

62.2

Sectoral segregation

Flexibility of working time

Health and safety

Training at work


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

Full-time employment

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


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

69.9


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

"… 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


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

45.5

Childcare activities

Domestic activities

38.8

33.0

Sport, culture and leisure activities

Volunteering and charitable activities


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

38.8


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

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.


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

Room for improvement


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

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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