International Women's Day: gender equality at work in a more social Europe

This year, the theme of the International Women’s Day focuses on innovative ways to advance gender equality and empowerment of women. Effective strategies to meet such challenging goals are linked to raising awareness of the safety and health risks for women at work and to investing further efforts in closing the gender employment gap.  

In the framework of its current Healthy Workplaces Campaign 'Manage Dangerous Substances', EU-OSHA is also addressing exposures to women in service professions and in typically female jobs.

Women’s labour market participation has increased over the last few years across Europe, still women are more likely to be additionally involved in child and elderly care.

The Work-life Balance Initiative is a deliverable of the European Pillar of Social Rights, encouraging a better sharing of caring responsibilities between women and men. In January, the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on the European Commission's proposal for a new Directive on work-life balance for parents and carers.

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