CEDAW Committee’s Recommendations and female employment

Agnieszka Grzybek from STER Foundation participated in the round table devoted to the issues of female employment and economic status of women organized by KARAT Coalition, Coalition for CEDAW in collaboration with the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights on 18 June 2015. The starting point for discussion were the recommendations of the CEDAW Committee addressed to the Polish Government.

In her statement, Agnieszka Grzybek evaluated the efforts made by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the National Labour Inspectorate and other public institutions which were invited to take part in the round table with the aim to discuss the effectiveness of implementation of the CEDAW Committee’s recommendations.

– Efforts made by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs are addressed to the specific groups of women who are either less than 30 years old or over 50 years old but there is no evidence why professional female activity declines. Most of the current activities are supported by the EU funds which makes their continuation uncertain after the funds run out. In addition to “soft” initiatives it is necessary to consider introducing more stable solutions. Public tenders should include not only the price criterion but also the social criterions such as employees’ rights and the principle of equal treatment of women and men. It is necessary to propose initiatives which would encourage men to take parental leave. So far, it is mainly women who take an advantage of this new instrument of social policy – only 1,5% men every year decide to take parental leave – Grzybek pointed out.

For more information please visit KARAT’s website – Information about the round table on female employment and economic status of women.

The statement made by Agnieszka Grzybek at the round table on female employment and economic status of women is available here.