Gender equality in employment is a major social and political stake in our country, due to the very large gender disparities in the labor market in comparison with the rest of EU countries.

The success of the bet largely depends on political choices regarding the country’s development model. Consequently, gender equality policy should extend its scope of intervention in the field of development policy as well. On the other hand, the country’s development strategy and policy must take seriously into consideration the fact that the increase in the female employment rate and the reduction of gender inequalities in the labor market can contribute significantly or even decisively to the achievement of key development goals: increase in productivity, addressing workforce shortages and the financial viability of the social insurance system, which is threatened by demographic ageing.

Large-scale social investment in the “care economy” is an integral element of a progressive development strategy with a strong social orientation, contributing to and benefiting from the promotion of female employment and gender equality.

 

* Report & synopsis by

Maria Karamessini, Professor, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences

 

[The working paper in Greek]