Between Paid and Unpaid Work: Family Friendly Policies and Gender Equality in Europe

This book is basically based on the common research methodology developed within the framework of the project “”Modern Men in Enlarged Europe II: Family Friendly Policies”. The qualitative and quantitative research was carried out in all project partner countries: Denmark, Iceland, Italy and Lithuania. The research marked an attempt to focus on men’s participation in work-family reconciliation processes and to develop better knowledge of how employed fathers fulfill their roles both within the family and at work and what mechanisms at political, institutional and individual levels could facilitate them to balance these roles and achieve more equal gender relationship at home. The research considered such questions as: To what extent do fathers and their partners encounter the conflict between work and family roles? What are good practices of father’s role in creating gender sensitive work-family balance? What are employers’ attitudes towards gender equal family-friendly policies? More generally, why is it important for men to become involved with gender equality?

Edited by Jolanta Reingardė.

Vilnius, 2006.

The book is published under the project “Modern Men in Enlarged Europe II: Family Friendly Policies” implemented within the Programme related to the Community Framework Strategy on Gender Equality (2001-2005)