The issue of Work-Life Balance, Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women, is currently high on the agenda. COFACE is very concerned by this issue and organised, in cooperation with the UN Focal Point on the Family, the international conference ‘Sustainable Development Goals and Gender Equality: the role of family policies and exchange of good practices’ in Amsterdam, on 19-20 April.
The event was supported by the University of Amsterdam and the European Commission, and was organised in partnership with Pro Parents, a social enterprise, and the Institute on Gender Equality and Women’s History (Atria). The conference put a spotlight on the role of family policies in the implementation of the SDGs and specifically engage in one of the most important and holistic targets of the SDGs: to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls (Goal 5).
Amsterdam Action Plan
The main outcome of the conference was the “Amsterdam Action Plan”, a document aiming at presenting concrete recommendations of what needs to be done at EU and national level to empower women and contributing to care and pay equality, increased employment, improved childcare and care infrastructure as well as better well-being overall. The Amsterdam Action Plan on family policies for gender equality will be officially presented at the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development to be held 11-20 July 2016.