On the 16th May, the Permanent Representation of The Netherlands to the European Union organised a Workshop on “Women and economic independency: free choice or restrictive traditions?” where COFACE had the opportunity to speak in the panel-debate.
The programme was shaped around the policy-tension between gender stereotypes (the weight of “traditions”) and the choices made between women and men at household-level, choices regarding roles and tasks on care and paid work.
Other panellists included representatives from the European Commission (“Women’s economic independency, gender equality and European values: where do we go in the years ahead?”), the Dutch Ministry of Education (“Economic Independence. The Dutch situation”) and the European Women’s Lobby (“The glass ceiling: part-time work, free choice or restrictive traditions?”).
COFACE’s intervention was on the topic of “Female careers and fathers: the future role of men”, underlining that the future role of men is to be allowed to better reconcile work and private life for greater involvement in family care, as a way to close the gender care gap. The best way to operationalise this vision, paving the way to achieve a reconciliation economy and society, is through comprehensive policies based on a mix of RESOURCES, SERVICES and TIME to support families and give them real options for Work-Life Balance.
Moreover, COFACE highlighted that essential measures to promote men’s uptake of leaves are the following one:
- Introduction of adequate minimum standards of income replacement and non-transferability;
- Employment rights and flexible working arrangements;
- Boost investment in services to families.
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