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Policy&advocacy session on gender inequalities in care and pay in the EU

This Policy and advocacy session on gender inequalities in care and pay on 9th March organised by COFACE Families Europe comes in a crucial moment of social developments within the EU. The Study Session will immediately follow the International Women’s Day (8th March), comes after a year of the adoption of the European Commission’s Gender Equality Strategy (GES) and a few months after the EPSCO Council adopted conclusions and guidelines aiming at closing the care gap, and the European Parliament voted its own report on the GES.

Different reports have stated that during the pandemic of Covid-19 the gender care gap is on the increase, with women taking up a disproportionate share of additional household and caring tasks, despite the fact that many men have been teleworking as well.

The study session will therefore gather different stakeholders (researchers, policy makers, civil organisations) to analyse how to tackle different gender gaps (care and pay), exchange good practices and challenges, and how to build bridges within the different stakeholders involved.

Our family of Emperor Penguins will accompany us throughout this Study Session. The Emperor Penguin is a perfect example that nature provides us of gender equality and co-responsibility. The Emperor Penguin tackles too the stereotypical vision of “traditional” and old-fashioned distributions of roles, where women are caregivers and men are the breadwinners, just as COFACE Families Europe has always been promoting.

Join us by registering at the link below!


 9th March 2021, from 9.15-11.15 CET online

9.00-9.15 Virtual coffee

09.15-9.30 Welcome
Annemie Drieskens, President of COFACE Families Europe Pascual Martinez, COFACE Policy and Advocacy Officer

9.30-10.00 Gender inequalities in care and its consequences on the labour market: state of play
Speaker: Blandine Mollard, Researcher, European Institute for Gender Equality

10.00-10.20 German Presidency Council Conclusions on tackling the gender pay gap: Valuation and Distribution of Paid Work and Unpaid Care Work
Speaker: Thomas Fischer, Head of the Labour Market Unit in the Gender Equality Directorate of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Germany

10.20-11.00 Exchange with key stakeholders
Taking the two keynote presentations as a starting point, we will focus on the following key questions for discussion (with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in mind):

  •  What are the main reasons for the predominant sharing patterns and the links between the gender care gap and the gender pay gap?
  • Why is a more equal sharing of care responsibilities important, and what are key recommendations for closing the gender care gap?
  • How to make real a greater involvement of men in divisions of work and care at home?
  • How to use the research to build policies and campaigns?

11.00-11.15 Conclusions and next steps

COFACE family organisations, EU Work-life balance alliance, Violence against women coalition, EU and national policy-makers, researchers.

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Objectives of the session
-Connect research, policy and practice of organisations working on gender equality from different perspectives.
-Consider ways to strengthen advocacy and policy to close the gender care gap.

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