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Work-life balance as a condition of equal participation of women and men in the labour market November 11, 2013, Vilnius Ms Virginija LANGBAKK Director.

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1 Work-life balance as a condition of equal participation of women and men in the labour market November 11, 2013, Vilnius Ms Virginija LANGBAKK Director of the European Institute for Gender Equality

2 Women are disproportionately responsible for care activities Women are less likely to participate in the labour market Can reconciliation help?

3 "… If you asked me if I would stay at home with the kids and she would go to work, I find this unimaginable and I wouldn't like this… In fact, yes, this would be humiliating for me to know that my wife is the breadwinner. But also because I think that children need their mother more in the early years than their fathers". A man from Hungary, 22 years old

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5 Participation Segregation and quality of work FTE employment Duration of working life Sectoral segregation Flexibility of working time Health and safety Training at work

6 The difference between Women and men in FTE participation in the labour is of 15 percentage point in all Member States EU-27, % 56% Full-time employment

7 69.9

8 "… If you asked me if I would stay at home with the kids and she would go to work, I find this unimaginable and I wouldn't like this… In fact, yes, this would be humiliating for me to know that my wife is the breadwinner. But also because I think that children need their mother more in the early years than their fathers". A man from Hungary, 22 years old

9 Care activities Social activities Childcare activities Domestic activities Sport, culture and leisure activities Volunteering and charitable activities

10 38.8

11 Many more women than men spent, on average, one or more hours a day on housework and cooking EU-27, 2010

12 Can reconciliation help? Parenthood and employment Having children, on an EU average, decreases the employment rate of women by more than 10% compared to women without children, while men with children have a higher probability to work. Eurostat, EU LFS. Benefits Reductions in public expenditure on benefits in relation to care work perpetuate the uneven distribution of unpaid care work between women and men

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15 ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT

16 Decision-makers are usually men and these are the people that need to be impacted. They must be made to feel responsible for the changes that need to be brought about’. ( Nicos Peristianis, sociologist, Chairman of the Board of the University of Nicosia Background Study on the Involvement of Men in Gender Equality within EIGE's working areas (2011)


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