Sep 09

„Work-Life Balance in a Changing Society“ Slovak Presidency Conference

Balancing work, family and private life is a prerequisite for a higher participation of women in the labour market and their economic independence; with this in mind, the presidency conference held in Bratislava will be dedicated to the reconciliation of work, family and private life in the changing society.

Having said that, the primary aim of the presidency conference is to address the pressing issue of balancing work, personal life and family-related responsibilities under the changing models of work organisation and new labour market-related demands and trends. Conference proceedings are avaiable here.

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Sep 08

The High Level Group on gender mainstreaming in Bratislava


The High Level Group on gender mainstreaming is an informal group created in 2001 and comprises high-level representatives responsible for gender mainstreaming at national level. It is chaired by the European Commission at regular meetings convened in close collaboration with the Presidency. On September 7-8th, the group´s meeting has been held in Bratislava.

Among its main tasks, the Group supports the trio-presidencies in identifying relevant policy areas and topics to be addressed.The Group is also the main forum for planning the strategic follow-up of the Beijing Platform for Action, including the development of indicators.Since 2003 the Group has also been assisting the Commission in the preparation of the Report on equality between women and men to the European Council.

Sep 02

Slovak Presidency priorities discussed in the FEMM committee

The priorities of the Slovak Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers are being outlined to parliamentary committees by Slovak ministers at a series of meetings taking place in July, August and September. Women in the labour market, work-life balance, female poverty key issues for Slovak presidency

Boosting women’s participation in the labour market, promoting new work-life balance policies and strengthening the fight against female poverty throughout the Union are key issues for the Slovak Presidency, Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Family Ján Richter, told MEPs in the Parliament’s Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee on 1 September.

MEPs welcomed the minister’s speech, but stressed the importance of further action within the field of women’s rights and gender equality. They also called for speeding up the process of ratifying the Istanbul Convention, calling it a necessary measure to combat violence against women in Europe.

Aug 23

Priorities of the Slovak Presidency in FEMM

May 03

Project on Women in Decisionmaking

Support for a balanced representation of women and men in leadership positions in employer’s  organisations  in Slovakia

Project is supported by European Commission scheme Progress

General objective: Promoting gender equality in economic decision-making in Slovakia

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Mar 12

Slovakia: a focus on encouraging parents and older people into the workplace

In recent years, Slovakia has pursued several family policies aimed at improving the living conditions of families with children and help reconcile family responsibilities with work. Increasing the employment rate of parents with small children and helping with child-related costs are considered by the government to be the most important objectives of current family policy in Slovakia. Increasing the low birth rate (total fertility rate amounted to 1.3 in 2012) is not an explicit family policy priority: it is seen as a complex issue which requires interventions across several policy areas.

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Jan 23

The Netherlands, Slovakia and Malta present ambitious Trio EU Presidency Declaration on Gender Equality

Brussels, Belgium – December 7, 2015 

The Netherlands, Slovakia and Malta, the Member States holding the EU Presidency during the 18 – month period from January 2016 to July 2017 present their Declaration on gender equality during the EPSCO Council. The document, signed by the responsible minister from each Member State, gives an insight to the views and plans of the upcoming Presidencies.

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Nov 13

Slovakia presented its periodic reports before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

On 12 November 2015, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) examined the combined fifth and sixth periodic reports of Slovakia on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

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Jun 13

Coordinating Methodical Centre for gender base violence

The creation of an effective system of crisis intervention and multi-agency cooperation requires the coordination, elaboration of methodologies and standards as well as information campaigns to the public. This should be supported by a public body responsible for the coordination of policies to prevent and eliminate violence against women and domestic violence according to the requirement of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing on and combating violence against women and domestic violence, Art. 10.

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Jun 13

Project Family and Work

There is a significant gender dimension to the impact of parenthood on employment of women and men in the Slovak republic, the employment rate for women with children under 6 years is less than 40% (compared with 83% of men in the same group). The lack of available childcare services further disadvantages mothers with younger children. In 2015, the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and the Family of the Slovak Republic (hereinafter the “MLSAF”) started with an implementation of the project titled ‘Family and Work’ using affirmative action to support employment of mothers of small children.

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