All of the speakers agreed: the current crisis has hit women and children hardest, and not knowing when it will end adds extra pressure on families, who have already great difficulties coping with the effect of cuts to services and to financial support.
As you know, last week we organised the “Families in the Crisis – Finding work-life balance in difficult economic context”conference in close cooperation with our member KMOP and the Hellenic Presidency of the EU.
The event gathered more than 100 participants at the Impact Hub, a social enterprise in the heart of Athens with the aim to understand better the situation of women in the Southern and Eastern European countries, and the impact of the crisis on their employment, family life, pensions, mental health and outlook.
The event was a great opportunity to foster exchange between key research institutions and experts, Greek and other European civil society organisations and government representatives about the latest intelligence on the effect of the crisis, and possible initiatives and routes out. Among the many issues discussed it clearly emerged that the resilience of families to cope with the crisis has its limits, families mobilise a patchwork of different solutions, however without a real equal sharing of paid-work, caring and household work between men and women, societies won’t be able to sustainably exit the crisis.
We are very pleased with the success of the conference. Great many attended, and the discussions were very fruitful, it was great to see the exchanges and discussions between participants from ministries, NGOs, universities from all corners of Europe. The presentations, the photos and the videos are already online on our website!
A BIG Thank you to all the participants #familiescrisis and to our Twitter friends!
The COFACE Team
ps: The next highlight event of COFACE’s Year of Reconciling Work and Family Life in Europe thematic work programme will be the European Employers Forum to be held in Helsinki on 8-9 September. You can already register here!