For two years, public authorities, representatives of SMEs and the social economy, researchers as well as NGOs have been working on ways to facilitate work-life synergy, women employment and gender equality more in general. Among the results of the “Master Parenting in Work and Life” initiative, co-funded by the EaSI programme of the European Union, are a unique training programme for employees with care tasks, an online platform targeting specifically unemployed women, divers actions mobilizing employers or a collection of best practices of cities/regions and (social economy) enterprises, to name just a few.
This work showed once again the importance of cooperation and coordination between different players (policy-makers, administration, enterprises, civil society, families…) and policies. Work-life balance and women employment won’t be promoted successfully by flexible working hour arrangements or the availability of childcare services alone. A number of elements come into play.
The following interviews are intended to highlight one or the other of these elements a little more.
DARIA COLOMBO, DELEGATE OF THE MAYOR OF MILAN FOR EQUAL GENDER OPPORTUNITIES – ACTING ON ADMINISTRATIVE CULTURE TO IMPLEMENT EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
LAURA WIMMER, CITY OF VIENNA: FEMCITIES – MOBILISING FOR EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AT EU LEVEL
ANNE-LAURE WIBRIN, CLTB – CALICO PROJECT: THE IMPORTANCE OF HOUSING AND CARING COMMUNITIES
SABINA BELLIONE: WORK-LIFE INTEGRATION FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A BIG SOCIAL ECONOMY NETWORK ENTERPRISE
THE (UNDERESTIMATED) ROLE OF PUBLIC PROCUREMENT IN THE PROMOTION OF WORK-LIFE BALANCE AND WOMEN EMPLOYMENT: INTERVIEW WITH VALENTINA CAIMI, AEIDL