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International Women’s Day: make safety and health of women at work an everyday priority

On the International Women’s Day on 8th March, EU-OSHA raises awareness about the risks and their implications for women when it comes to occupational safety and health (OSH) management, with a special insight into older female employees.

Gender specific differences in the workplace might lead to a reduction of women’s well-being at work as a result of the lack of career prospects. Women in general, and older women specifically, are also exposed to different risks than their male counterparts throughout their working lives. 

Women’s careers are often less mobile than men’s, and women tend to remain in lower-grade jobs, being more likely to do the same job for a longer period of time and doing repetitive work. Better OSH management is needed to prevent risks, accidents and ill-health that women face at work.

The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) is leading on an initiative of zero tolerance towards sexual harassment and gender-based violence in the workplace. EU-OSHA has signed this Joint Statement of EU Agencies in support of the health, safety and well-being of all workers based on the principle of gender equality and equal treatment at work.

Read more in our blog entry on the occasion of International Women’s Day

See gender equality within the European Pillar of Social Rights