All of the speakers agreed: the current crisis has hit women and children hardest, and not knowing when it will end adds extra pressure on families, who have already great difficulties coping with the effect of cuts to services and to financial support.
COFACE and its Greek member organisation, KMOP organised in Athens the conference: “Families in the Crisis: Finding work-life balance in difficult economic context” in close cooperation with the Hellenic Presidency of the EU on April 28. The event gathered more than 100 participants at The Impact Hub, a social enterprise in the heart of Athens with the aim to understand better the situation of women in the Southern and Eastern European countries, and the impact of the crisis on their employment, family life, pensions, mental health and outlook.
The event was a great opportunity to foster exchange between key research institutions and experts, Greek and other European civil society organisations and government representatives about the latest intelligence on the effect of the crisis, and possible initiatives and routes out. Among the many issues discussed it clearly emerged that the resilience of families to cope with the crisis has its limits, families mobilise a patchwork of different solutions, however without a real equal sharing of paid-work, caring and household work between men and women, societies won’t be able to sustainably exit the crisis.