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International Women’s Day: COFACE joins forces to achieve gender equality

PRESS RELEASE

8 March 2016, Brussels – The glass ceiling is well and truly there for many women and the lack of solid reconciliation policies and measures at the workplace means that women have no other choices than reducing working hours or dropping out from paid employment.

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 child.

In its European Reconciliation Package, COFACE presents 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.

In cooperation with the UN Focal Point on the Family, COFACE is organising the conference ‘Sustainable Development Goals and Gender Equality: the role of family policies and exchange of good practices’ on 19-20 April in Amsterdam. We will 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).

COFACE takes this opportunity to join forces and insist by the European Commission for a legal, policy and infrastructure environment that helps all families, and especially women to overcome the challenges of balancing their family life and their work responsibilities.

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

Useful links
European Reconciliation Package
SDGs and Gender Equality conference
UN Focal Point on the Family
UN Women

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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