«Austerity and its impact on women: The case of Greece»
SPEAKERS: Prof. Maria Karamesini; Ass. Prof. Maria Stratigaki (Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences)
Two prominent scholars -Prof. Maria Karamesini and Ass. Prof. Maria Stratigaki- both from Panteion University Athens, will address the impact of the austerity measures implemented in Europe on gender equality. They will advocate that the measures taken risk losing past progress towards gender equality by undermining important employment and social welfare protections and putting gender equality policy onto the back burner.
They will analyze how the tables are set to be turned by the austerity policies which are already having a more negative impact on demand for female labor and on access to services which support working mothers. Women are nevertheless reinforcing their commitment to paid work, even at this time of increasing demands on their unpaid domestic labor.
They will present data showing that future prospects are bleak and that current policy is reinforcing the same mechanisms that caused the crisis in the first place and is stalling or even reversing the long term growth in social investment in support for care.
More detailed analysis of the case of Greece will be presented.
CHAIR: Androulla Kaminara (Principal Advisor, European Commission and Academic Visitor, St Antony’s College)
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