Families struggle to cope with their multiple responsibilities and thus helping them reconcile their work, family, care and private lives is fundamental. The #IwantWorkLifeBalance campaign was launched to shore up citizen support for the EU Work Life Balance Directive as a first channel to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights and make a real contribution to achieving more gender equality in Europe.
The proposed Directive is an essential driver for women to be able to enter and stay in the labour market but also to promote more gender equality at all levels, from inside the family to employment and the broader society. This will help break the stereotypes of what is a “man’s or woman’s job” both in the family and in the labour market and it will improve the sharing of family, house and care responsibilities. Penguins are an integral part of the campaign since they are natural examples of sharing of responsibilities in parenting!
The #IwantWorkLifeBalance campaign started in October and it will end with the adoption of the Work Life Balance Directive. We invite everyone to join the #IwantWorkLifeBalance Social Media campaign. Feel free to tweet, retweet or share our messages and your own messages using #IwantWorkLifeBalance hashtag.
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Legislation has a direct impact on people’s lives and every detail must be thought through. This is why proposing and approving a new piece of legislation, a new law, is a long process. However, sometimes, processes can be extended for no valid reasons or excuses to avoid to take a decision. We do not want this to happen to the proposed Work Life Balance Directive.
Since 2012 we have closely worked with the EU institutions, social partners and civil society to bring the discussion on work life balance to the top of the EU Agenda. Families struggle to cope with their multiple responsibilities and thus helping them reconcile their work, family, care and private lives is fundamental. This is an essential driver for women to be able to enter and stay in the labour market but also to promote more gender equality at all levels, from inside the family to employment and the broader society. This will help in breaking the stereotypes of what is a “man’s or woman’s job” both in the family and in the labour market and it will improve the sharing of family, house and care responsibilities.
To achieve this, we campaigned (1), produced policy recommendations (2) and a position paper (3). We brought the voices of EU citizens straight to the institutions (4) and in the end we succeeded: the European Commission proposed a Work-Life Balance directive (5) on 26 April 2017. We assessed the Directive (6) and the text met our expectations: it would significantly improve the lives of families across the EU. This is why we want this text to be swiftly adopted by the European Parliament and Council of the EU (i.e. the 27 national governments).
Currently, the Council has started discussing the text but there is no public document to assess their position and the European Parliament has not yet included the Directive into its calendar. We cannot lose time – we want the discussion between Commission, Parliament and Council to start now so that the text can be approved by the end of 2018 and avoid being postponed the elections period, where things get lost and forgotten.
This is why we started the #IwantWorkLifeBalance campaign. It will run from today until the Directive is approved. Join us, because before it is law, it is nothing!
(1) Blog of the 2012-2014 campaign
(2) European Reconciliation Package (2015)
(3) Families on the edge: building a comprehensive European WorkLife balance reality (2017)
(4) Joint press release (2016)
(5) EU Work Life Balance Package (2017)
(6) Assessment EU Work Life Balance Package (2017)
If you want to support this campaign, we invite you to share these messages on Social Media using the #IwantWorkLifeBalance hashtag:
Do you know why we use penguins on this campaign?
Because penguins are natural examples of sharing of responsibilities in parenting!
The logo of the #IwantWorkLifeBalance is the Emperor penguin. We use it on our campaign materials because it represents gender equality and sharing of responsibilities in parenting.
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Get in touch with us!
Policy – With a number of partners of the civil society we hold regular monthly meetings to update one another and strategise. If you belong to a EU–wide civil society network and want to be more involved, or receive regular policy updates on this topic, contact Paola Panzeri at email@example.com
Communication – We invite everyone to join the our Social Media campaign. Feel free to share our messages and/or your own messages using the #IwantWorkLifeBalance hashtag. For any request on the social media campaign please contact Ana Pérez at firstname.lastname@example.org