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1 Women in the local working force Valeria Cerqueti and Evi De Jaegher

2 What are the major factors that motivate women to participate in the local workforce? Wat are the major factors that motivate people to participate in the Belgian workforce? menwomen money43%30% independency11%19% itself development32%34% Social contact9%13%

3 What are the major factors that motivate women to participate in the local workforce? What is the major factor in your job decisions? menwomen salary13%8% social security0.1%1% Atmosphere among colleagues10%14% Chance to grow in the business13%9% autonomy and responsibility25%18% Change11%13%

4 What are the major factors that motivate women to participate in the local workforce?  Why women in Belgium work is mostly being answered by the fact they want to earn money and to be able to buy live supplies. Of course that is true, but there are other factors as well.  1) Economic:  There has been a change in the mind of people. In our society we expect people to go and work. People who don’t – for example due to physical disability or the fact there isn’t any work to be found – can rely on a social security we have developed during the years. They receive a small amount of money to secure their living abilities. They also get an education in how to apply for jobs and find one. In Belgium therefore it is not accepted to make profit of this system, although many do.  2) Social:  It’s being said that many women go out working to have a social contact. This is more important for women than for men. They want to go working so they can chit-chat with mostly their other female colleagues.

5 What are the major factors that motivate women to participate in the local workforce?  3) Physical need:  Working means you are being useful. It gives women the satisfaction of being needed for their creativity, intellectual abilities. Therefore they mainly chose a job that is being linked with their personal interests.  4) Structure:  It gives women a structure in life. Women are more in need of structure in life than men. Women without work mainly complain about the drag of life. Each day is the same. There’s no difference between week and weekend, morning and evening.  Voor bijna 30% van de respondenten beïnvloedt hun seksuele oriëntatie de jobkeuze,  voor 28% de bedrijfskeuze, voor bijna 34% de beroepssector, voor 31% de geografische  locatie van de job, voor 8% de overweging om met een eigen bedrijf te starten. Er zijn  geen verschillen naar geslacht te vermelden. Wel valt op dat Franstalige respondenten  meer kiezen voor een minder homofobe geografische locatie. Er is een sterkere  heteronormanieve omgeving in Franstalig België. De geografische migratie van platteland  naar de stad is frequenter bij Franstalige Belgen. De stad is anoniemer, er zijn grotere  bedrijven, er is een milder holebi-klimaat in een grootstad als Brussel dan in Wallonië.  Maar omdat België klein is is het verschil ruraal/urbaan niet zo groot als in omringende  landen.  ã RoSa vzw, mei 2008  Documentatiecentrum, Bibliotheek en Archief voor Gelijke Kansen, Feminisme en Vrouwenstudies  Koningsstraat 136 - 1000 Brussel http://www.rosadoc.be - info@rosadoc.be

6 What are the major factors that motivate women to participate in the local workforce?  A questionary being held by the Office of Womenstudies at Brussels (Capital of Belgium) gave the following results:  For almost 30% of the women questioned, the sexual oriëntation influences their job choice, for 28% the compagny choice, for almost 34% the fieldsector, for 31% the geographical location of the job and 8% has the thought of starting on their own.  It is striking that the sexual oriëntation is more important for the French part of Belgium than for the Flemish  The geografical migration to the country side is more seen at the French part than the Flemish one. geografische migratie van platteland  Source: RoSa vzw, mei 2008,Documentatiecentrum, Bibliotheek en Archief voor Gelijke Kansen, Feminisme en Vrouwenstudies, Koningsstraat 136 - 1000 Brussel http://www.rosadoc.be - info@rosadoc.be

7 What are the major issues that hinder women from participating in the Dutch workforce?  Quote on a Flemish discussion board of the Flemish parliament (Work sector):  “ Women belong to be home with their children. They have to dedicated to them and bring them up with their love. Bring them to school and pick them up. Give them all the attention while taking care of the household with all care and fun. A child therefore belongs, to Vedische sayings, to be with his mother till the age of 5 and not in some sort of ‘day care’.

8 What are the major issues that hinder women from participating in the Dutch workforce?  Women find it more difficult than men to accomplish the physically and mentally demands of their work.  Women have less energy, deal with more depression and therefore have a bigger chance to lose their jobs or taking sick leave.  Also the Emancipation monitor 2006 of the Social and Cultural Plan bureau reports that women are getting more easily work inability than men. And this is not because of the double role they for fill, because the chance of a ‘Burn out’ seems to be the most with women who don’t have children.  And that’s not all too positive: A lot of women feel they aren’t being taken seriously at their work. That’s why they are going to compensate. ‘Insecure overachievers’, is it being called. Not all too well for your mentally health and labor motivation.  Does that mean that the problem situates itself between the two ears? No, because women who start their career with some sort of lack of experience, are right. The company culture are still being ruled by the men forces. Women don’t feel comfortable in a competitive environment where only the end result counts. They can’t and won’t adapt to the manly workforce.

9 Discrimination  04/09/'08  The total of women that was being hired for a top function, or that has made any promotion has drastically decreased in the last year. Women are being discriminated in at least 12 of the 25 investigated work sectors. Only 8 sectors gave the women more chance than the previous year.  The media is being overwhelmed with news about the ‘breaking of the glaze ceiling’. Women are supposed to being hired for a top function quicker, and making promotion is no longer just a man business. Wrong, say some Belgian investigators now. They investigated 25 work sectors during 2 years and concluded a drastically decrease of work discrimination.

10 Discrimination The glaze ceiling “We can’t speak about the glaze ceiling, but of a solid concrete ceiling” says one of the investigators. “ Too many bosses are starting to think back of the thought that women belong to be home at the grate. It is still a men’s world when you are on the top”, the scientist conclude. Source: Flemish newspaper: The newspaper of Antwerp (gazet van Antwerpen)


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