ESF TP dossier on Female employment

ESF TP dossier on Female employment


The European Social Fund’s Transnational Platform (ESF TP) has published its eighth technical dossier, entitled "Female (un)employment and Work-Life balance".

The 48-page discussion paper, written by gender expert Nathalie Wuiame for the Employment Thematic Network of the ESF TP, provides an updated overview of the different situations facing women and men in the labour market, focusing on some keys issues like participation, conditions for participation and the possibility to combine work and private responsibilities.

Despite the fact that equality between men and women is a principle of the European Pillar of Social Rights and part of the ESF Regulation, gender inequalities in the labour market (including segregation, the pay gap, entrepreneurship and care responsibilities), are still all too prevalent and the European workforce remains strongly divided along gender lines.

In a bid to address those issues and help speed up progress on gender equality, technical dossier 8 presents some interesting practices financed by either the ESF or public authorities and provides some recommendations on how current and future European funds can better support female employment and gender equality. These include fighting gender stereotypes and gender segregation, changing the prevalent working culture, providing high quality and affordable care solutions and supporting women in specific situations such as victims of domestic violence.

The technical dossier is available:

For more information, see as well the current EC policy work on work-life balance.