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Kostis Hatzidakis: 5 + 4 initiatives of the Ministry of Labor for the strengthening of women's rights and gender equality

Anna Dollari
8 Mar 2022,
Costis Hatzidakis

Costis Hatzidakis

Placement of Minister Of Labor and Social Affairs at its meeting Special Standing Committee on Equality, Youth and Human Rights and the Standing Committee on Social Affairs for International Women's Day

 

The Press Office of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs issued the following announcement:

 

The 5 initiatives that have already been implemented by Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs in the direction of strengthening the rights of women and promoting the equality of the two friends and the 4 that he has set as a priority for the current year, outlined the Minister of Labor Kostis Hatzidakis today from the floor of Parliament. "We believe in politics with results", Mr. Hatzidakis stressed during his speech at the meeting of the Special Standing Committee on Equality, Youth and Human Rights and the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, on the occasion of the celebration of International Women's Day. "And this philosophy runs through all the policies of the Ministry of Labor for women, which unfold in three axes: First, the economic emancipation of women and the" reconciliation "of work with personal life. Second, the integration of the gender dimension in all public policies. And third, gender and domestic violence. "

"We want to be as practical and useful as possible." continued, briefly describing the most important actions that have been launched or completed by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs in the last twelve months:

1. With the Law on Labor Protection, Convention 190 of the International Labor Organization for the Elimination of Violence and Harassment at Work was ratified. "We even went one step further, making it mandatory to draw up internal policies on violence and harassment for any company with more than 20 staff. In addition, in order to support women victims of violence, we have appropriately adapted the employment and entrepreneurship programs of OAED ", noted Mr. Hatzidakis.

  1. Provisions for the "reconciliation" of the professional and personal life of the employees were passed by the same law. A 14-day paternity leave has now been introduced, with protection against the father's dismissal for 6 months from the birth of each child. In addition, OAED subsidizes 2 of the 4 months of parental leave for both parents. This eliminates the disincentives that existed and that could additionally burden women since they indirectly prevented their recruitment or development. "In addition, with the incorporation of EU Directive 1158 on the general framework for the reconciliation of personal and professional life and with flexibility measures, we resolutely support workers who have a family"
  2. The project for the Share Equality Label ("Share") is progressing, ie the Label that rewards companies that implement policies of equal treatment and equal opportunities for all their employees. Already, as part of the political implementation of the program, the Label has been given to 18 companies for one year. The initiative will be continued and further strengthened.
  3. The "Innovation Center for Women" was inaugurated with the aim of strengthening women's entrepreneurship in the fields of research and innovation and new technologies.
  4. The National Gender Equality Action Plan 2021-2025 was presented in December - and then submitted to the EU - listing the actions of all ministries to integrate gender mainstreaming and promote equality issues.

 

The next steps

Describing the next steps of the Ministry of Labor, Mr. Hatzidakis underlined that:

1. The pilot implementation of the "Neighborhood Nanny" program, which supports women's work and working mothers and guardians, begins immediately, especially where there is no density of nurseries. "This is a measure that has been successfully implemented in many advanced European countries and will significantly help many families."

  1. It is planned to create babysitting facilities in large companies with funding from the Recovery Fund - starting with 120 large companies -, thus facilitating new parents.
  2. Develop corporate policies that promote diversity at work, creating a safety framework by informing and raising awareness of employers and employees in the public and private sectors.

4. Launch of the "Panic Button" initiative, an early warning system for combating domestic violence, through which women at risk will be able to seek help.

"We are moving forward with these policy measures. "We do not dwell on words, but we proceed with actions that really contribute to gender equality, the elimination of discrimination and the strengthening of the role of women in social and economic life." concluded the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs.

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