Social partners and gender equality in Europe

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Updated
27 November 2014
Published
18 November 2014
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Abstract

This report assesses the role of the social partners in advancing gender equality in Europe. It explores the actions taken within the different national frameworks of industrial relations and against the ranking of the Member States on the Gender Equality Index. Overall, significant actions are being taken by European and national social partner organisations and companies in support of gender equality. These tend to put the emphasis on campaigning and educational activities and the integration of work–life balance measures in national policies or collective agreements. The research also shows that while national peak-level social partner organisations have implemented a limited number of initiatives aimed at improving their internal gender equality performance, the representation of women in decision-making remains relatively weak. An executive summary is available.

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    Number of Pages: 
    66
    Reference No: 
    EF1458
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1307-8
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-06-14-033-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/90975
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    Social partners and gender equality in Europe

    This report assesses the role of the social partners in advancing gender equality in Europe. It explores the actions taken within the different national frameworks of industrial relations and against the ranking of the Member States on the Gender Equality Index. Overall, significant actions are being taken by European and national social partner organisations and companies in support of gender equality.

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    Number of pages: 
    2
    Reference No: 
    EF14581
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    Social partners and gender equality in Europe - Executive summary

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    The growing participation of women in the labour market has prompted changes in the way European social partner organisations tackle gender issues. Their organisational and collective bargaining structures – historically dominated by men – have had to adapt to include gender equality issues. This report examines the extent to which gender equality is incorporated by the social partners in their organisations and in their policymaking at European and national level. Read more in the report - see Related content.

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