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A new European Reconciliation Package presents solutions to empower women and contributing to gender equality

PRESS RELEASE

8 March 2015, Brussels – On the International Women’s Day 2015, the Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union (COFACE) is presenting the European Reconciliation Package, a unique policy document with concrete recommendations of what needs to be done at EU and national level to empower women and contribute to better wellbeing overall.

As data shows, while women reduce their working hours after the first child, men tend to work more hours once they become a father. On the other hand, OECD shows that after each birth the salary of women decreases by 12% approximately. The gender pay gap widens significantly after each additional child.

The lack of services and support to those with family needs, long waiting lists for childcare and care for older and disabled persons, coupled with difficulties in reconciling work and care responsibilities has had a strong impact on employment, especially for women. This has, for many women, often resulted in having no other choice than reducing working hours or dropping out completely from paid employment.

COFACE is lobbying at the highest instances for a legal, policy and infrastructure environment with the aim of helping all women (working women, women-carers, working-mums…) with the challenges of balancing their private, family life and work responsibilities.

In taking a giant leap forward, COFACE launched on March 3rd the European Reconciliation Package, a unique policy document applying a systemic approach to the complex issue of work-life balance, to both its related challenges and possible solutions all over Europe. 

The European Reconciliation Package presents concrete recommendations of what needs to be done at EU and national level to empower women and contributing to gender and pay equality, increased employment, improved childcare- and care infrastructure and better wellbeing overall.

COFACE urges policy makers, employers and legislators to translate the recommendations into concrete actions for the improvement of the working conditions and wellbeing of all women and society in general.

The European Reconciliation Package is available here.

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For further information, please contact:
Ana Pérez, Communication Manager  +32 2 500 56 93   aperez@coface-eu.org

Note to the editor
COFACE is a network of civil society associations representing the interests of all families. COFACE’s areas of work include social/family policy, education, disability, gender equality, migration, consumer issues, and also protection of children online, privacy, data protection and reflections on technological developments and how they may impact families. More: www.coface-eu.org

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