PES Network continues to put gender equality on the agenda The first PES Network webinar of 2021 reviewed the current status of gender equality on the labour market, demonstrating the commitment of the Network to address this issue as an important objective of its work over the next several years. © Shutterstock / thodonal88 The PES Network Webinar on PES approaches to the promotion of gender equality engaged more than 200 participants in a reflection on the current status of gender equality on the labour market and what kind of initiatives public employment services (PES) can undertake to further this agenda. The webinar built on the recent PES Network study on PES approaches to the promotion of gender equality and saw presentations of inspiring gender-focused initiatives from the Latvian and German PES, as well as from the European Institute for Gender Equality. A key message of the webinar was that holistic, intersectional approaches are needed. Whilst many barriers within the labour market still need to tackled, major issues outside of the labour market – such as inequalities in unpaid work – are perhaps just as important. Work is needed on both the demand and supply side of the labour market, not only to help (vulnerable) women to (re-)enter the labour market, but to ensure that women at all levels are able to fulfil their potential in the workplace through appropriate career opportunities and progression. During the webinar, 75% of participants agreed that their PES could do more to better integrate gender equality in its activities. At the same time, many PES are already developing interesting initiatives in this field, as demonstrated by the presentations during the webinar. The PES Network will continue to work with its members to identify and exchange on inspiring PES practice in this area! For more information: Don’t forget to read the findings of the recent PES Network study on PES approaches to the promotion of gender equality which highlighted that PES are making committed efforts in the fight for gender equality – as well as latest research from the European Institute for Gender Equality.