Everybody’s Talking: Work-Life Balance Goes Mainstream
Duration: 18th May 2020 – 17th May 2022
Since 2011, gender pay gap in Lithuania has been increasing consistently. One of the main reasons for that is the imbalance of time devoted to childcare between both parents. Once the decision to start a family is made, gender norms and the design of childcare policies pressure women into making career breaks, which have a negative impact on women’s economic independence and their capacity to participate in social life. All of this has long-term consequences for a woman’s career and her general well-being, but shared responsibilities of raising a child could benefit both the families and the state. A shared parental leave would also create the opportunity for the father to get involved in his child’s life at an early stage, therefore the emotional connection between the father and the child would be much stronger.
The aim of this project is to improve reconciliation between work and private life for everyone and to overcome policy, work-related, social, psychological, behavioral barriers and gender norms regarding equal share in work-life balance for women and men.
Objectives of the project:
1) to review existing legislation on work-life balance;
2) to suggest the course of actions for improvements in national policies;
3) to advocate for necessary legal amendments;
4) to develop and apply mechanisms for work-life balance at the company level;
5) to create favorable social environment and working culture for better work-life balance;
6) to promote the idea of a shared parental leave;
7) to redefine the definition of modern masculinity and fatherhood;
8) to help the mothers overcome maternal guilt and highlight the benefits of an early involvement by the fathers;
9) to raise public awareness/discussions and promote behavioral changes for a better work-life reconciliation.
These objectives will be achieved by:
- performing a revision of the existing legislation on work-life balance;
- determining the barriers employers themselves face when initiating work-life balance measures and (or) policies in their organizations;
- carrying out a representative survey on public knowledge and attitudes towards work-life balance;
- organizing advocacy meetings with Parliament members and policymakers;
- choosing a pilot company for the action and setting and implementing the action plan for promoting work-life balance in the chosen pilot company;
- running a motivational campaign for employees of the pilot company;
- providing recommendations on work-life balance implementation in other companies;
- organizing an international conference;
- launching a website for the employers and the employees, containing essential information on reconciliation between work and private life;
- carrying out national awareness raising campaigns.
The project is implemented by the Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson, Center for Equality Advancement and the social advertising agency “Nomoshiti”. Contributed by the Ministry of Social Security and Labour.
The project is co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020) of the European Union (Project Agreement with the European Commission No. 881615 – BALANCE – REC-AG-2019 / REC-RGEN-WWLB-AG-2019).
BRIDGE: connecting local community members for effective gender based violence solutions
Project duration: September 2019 – August 2021
Project aim – to strengthen the response of local communities to gender based violence and to ensure an effective prevention system is in place.
1) Contextualized and tailored algorithm to adhere the needs and capacities of professionals of different sectors on local level developed;
2) Built capacities and improved knowledge of school communities (teachers, school administration and students);
3) Raised awareness of school and local communities and society in general.
Mapping the needs and capacities of different professionals in pilot municipalities to be active agents in multi-agency cooperation in the field of prevention of gender based violence (GBV);
In cooperation with different professionals creating an algorithm for GBV intervention in three pilot municipalities;
Capacity building for professionals on GBV and algorithm;
Round table for different professionals to discuss the algorithm;
Assess attitudes on gender stereotypes and GBV in local schools;
Capacity building for teachers and administration staff for pilot schools about GBV;
Building up a support system in school “Equality lab”;
Preparation of learning package “School free of gender stereotypes”;
Forum theater activities in schools;
Capacity building activities for students in schools;
Recommendations for the Ministry of Education;
Survey on attitudes regarding GBV in local communities in three municipalities;
Awareness raising campaigns for residents of municipalities;
Informational campaign for professionals in pilot municipalities;
Drafting, piloting and finalizing an awareness raising tool for pupils’ audiences for nation-wide use using an online educational platform “Inconvenient Film Class”.
Organizing educational and information events of Inconvenient films.
Organizing a national conference
Activities will be held in 3 pilot municipalities: city of Alytus, Jonava region and Ukmergė region. Best practice will be presented to other municipalities and decision makers.
Project partners: Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson, Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights and Nomoshiti.
PARENT: Promotion, Awareness Raising and Engagement of men in Nurture Transformations
Duration of the project: 2019 February – 2021 February
Aim of the project: Promotion of change in social attitudes and behavior regarding gender roles in caregiving
Objectives of the project:
1. To promote gender-transformative and synchronized approaches by engaging men in co-responsible parenting and caregiving and promoting the equal share of unpaid care work in 4 European countries (Lithuania, Portugal, Italy, Austria).
2. Contribute to the prevention of domestic and intra-family gender based violence.
The main activities:
1. To design a guide for health sector workers to help engage with men in health sector and promote active fatherhood, especially paying attention to male refugees and migrants.
2. Organize group education activities for fathers and their partners, including refugees and migrants in order to promote questioning of traditional concepts on gender roles.
3. To mobilize the community and implement national campaigns with the goal to raise the awareness of the importance of men’s involvement in non-violence, caregiving, parental and maternal health, displaying the diversity of masculinities.
Project partners: Centre for Social Studies (Portugal); Institute for Masculinity Research and Gender Studies (Austria); Cerchio degli Uomini (Italy); The Nursing School of Coimbra (Portugal).
WOMEN AS AGENTS OF CHANGE, PEACE BUILDING AND CONFLICT PREVENTION AT THE GRASSROOTS LEVEL IN UKRAINE
NGOs from Ukraine and Lithuania have started to implement a European Union funded project, which aims to promote the contribution of women to peace-related and conflict prevention processes by supporting local stakeholders in developing, implementing and monitoring regional action plans for the implementation of the National Action Plan on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 Women, Peace and Security*. Local authorities, NGOs, mass media, academia, and experts in Vinnytsia, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhia, Luhansk and Khmelnytskyi oblasts of Ukraine will be the main target groups of the project.
• Improve understanding of UNSCR 1325 principles and objectives by local stakeholders and build their capacity to implement specific initiatives aimed at promotion of women’s participation in peace-related processes.
• Provide direct support to local stakeholders in developing, implementing and monitoring local actions plans on UNSCR 1325.
• Organize sharing of best practices and experience and develop knowledge products for replication.
Project duration: March 2018 – January 2020
Project partners: Ukrainian Women’s Fund (project coordinator), Women’s Information and Consultative Centre (Ukraine) and the Centre for Equality Advancement (Lithuania)
*About UNSCR 1325: Adopted in 2000 the resolution acknowledged the differential impact of war on women and the significance of their role in peace and security efforts in their communities. The resolution therefore calls for increased participation of women in conflict prevention, resolution and peacebuilding mechanisms, it also urges to incorporate gender perspectives in these mechanisms and take special measures to protect women from gender-based violence in situations of armed conflict.