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The European Reconciliation Package presented at the UN in Geneva

On 10th October, the NGO Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) held its Forum on Economic Empowerment of Women & Girls-Forum at the United Nations in Geneva opened by Michael Møller, Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva and Simone Ovart, President of the NGO CSW Geneva. The Forum touched upon some of the crucial aspects of economic empowerment of women through specific panel discussions, such as accessing government procurement, equal pay, positioning in decision-making and unpaid care work. The latter was organized and moderated by Make Mothers Matter, a Member of the Reconciliation Alliance in 2014.

A number of practices and policies were presented and discussed during the Forum and COFACE-Families Europe was invited to present the European Reconciliation Package and the current EU developments in the field of reconciling work, family, care and personal life. In particular, COFACE-Families Europe highlighted the need of a comprehensive and ambitious package at EU level, combining legislative and non-legislative measures to respond to pressing needs of families in Europe and it renewed its call to the European Commission to proceed with such an initiative as early as possible.

COFACE-Families Europe also invites the European Commission to rely, for this package, on the lines presented by the recent European Parliament Resolution, since they describe the infrastructure needed for real change: that there is no one-solution-fits-all but a policy mix comprising different elements is highly needed. This must include, a proper coherent and comprehensive leave schemes package, ensuring quality, accessible and affordable community-based care service provision for children, elderly and persons with disabilities and, finally, with guiding provisions on flexible working arrangements.

For more information, contact Paola Panzeri, Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer at ppanzeri@coface-eu.org

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