Together with the EMPL committee, the FEMM committee held a public hearing on "Work-life balance and gender equality" on 19 March. After opening speeches by Ms Regina Bastos and Ms Antigoni Papadopoulou, experts presented their views in two discussion panels of which one addressed work-life balance as a factor of gender equality (Ms Claudia Menne, Confederal Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation, Dr Konstantina Davaki, Research Fellow at LSE and Agnès Parent-Thirion, Senior Programme Manager at Eurofound) whilst a second one discussed the reconciliation of working and non-working life (Prof Dr Isabell Welpe, Chair for Strategy and Organisation of the Technische Universität München and Ms Ana Rubin, Member of the Board of the Swedish Left).
The experts argued that work-life balance should be understood as dynamic and susceptible to change over the life course of women (Dr Konstantina Davaki). An important intervention was the "holistic approach" advocated by the experts (Dr Konstantina Davaki, Ms Agnès Parent-Thirion), as it captures the diversity of women's situation from a political, cultural and economic perspective even though some experts (Ms Agnès Parent-Thirion) regretted that there are very few examples that reflect such an approach. Flexicurity, as explained by the experts (Prof Dr Isabell Welpe) might be one of these approaches, enabling workers to have both flexibility and security. This opinion was shared by other experts ( Ms Claudia Menne), in particular regarding maternal leave where women must be given more flexible work arrangements in order to combine paid work with care work. Another option discussed (Ms Ana Rubin) was a 6-hour working day - considered to be a better alternative to part-time work.
After each panel, Members and other participants from civil society were given opportunity to ask questions, followed by a debate.
FEMM delegation in Rome 26-28 March 2014
A delegation of 5 FEMM Members has been in Rome from 26th to 28th March. In the framework of the upcoming Italian presidency, the delegation has met with members of the corresponding committees of the Italian Chamber and the Italian Senate as well as with the Undersecretary of State for European affairs and the Minister of Labour in order to discuss gender and women's' rights issues. The delegation has also met with various representatives of the civil society and the Italian Institute for Statistics.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) - State of World population - 20 March
Ms Sietske Steneker, Director of Brussels UNFPA office presented to members findings of the 2013 UNFPA report entitled "Motherhood in Childhood: Facing the challenge of adolescent pregnancy". The UNFPA 2013 report explores the challenges of adolescent pregnancy in developing countries and provides recommendations on what can be done to ensure that girls have a healthy and safe transition into adulthood.
Private sector and development: Women economic empowerment - 20 March
ITC and UN Women are deepening their partnership on women's economic principles, which both agencies see as a destiny-changing tool to empower women who are disadvantaged because of violence, tribal conflict, disenfranchisement and other adverse circumstances.There are many practical ways of working with women that ITC's 50 years of existence have proven to work in the best interest of women. The presentation by Ms Arancha GONZÁLEZ, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC), highlighted what has worked, future issues and new thinking, as well as the role of parliamentarians. Ms Gonzalez underlined the common interest that both Institutions have in working together and the willingness to cooperate further.
Predstavitev in pristojnosti
Odbor, pristojen za:
1. opredeljevanje, uresničevanje in zaščito pravic žensk v Uniji in podobne ukrepe Skupnosti;
2. uresničevanje pravic žensk v tretjih državah;
3. politiko enakih možnosti, vključno z enakostjo moških in žensk glede priložnosti na trgu dela in obravnave pri delu;
4. odpravo vseh oblik diskriminacije glede na spol;
5. uveljavljanje in nadaljnji razvoj načela enakih možnosti za moške in ženske ("mainstreaming") na vseh političnih področjih;
6. nadaljnjo obravnavo in izvajanje mednarodnih sporazumov in konvencij o pravicah žensk;
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