How can Europe achieve equal opportunities on the labour market, fairer working conditions and a better system of social protection?
The economic and financial crisis had led to increasing Euroscepticism and most EU citizens, even in those states not directly affected by austerity and cuts in social services, think that the Union is moving in the wrong direction. More importantly, economic and social dislocation has been experienced by the majority of EU citizens, and has hit citizens in the periphery of the Eurozone especially. In this context, the discussion surrounding the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) became a necessity, and was endorsed widely.
The Pillar is a very positive step but its potential can be fulfilled only under some preconditions. From a gender perspective, the EPSR is an opportunity for the EU to design and implement sustainable and effective policies that benefit all - women and men. In our project we aim to addressing, following the principles of the EPSR, gender inequalities in accessing the labour market as well as working conditions as necessary for effective welfare systems.
Marcella Corsi is Professor of Economics at the Sapienza University of Rome, where she coordinates Minerva - Laboratory on Gender Diversity and Gender Inequality. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Manchester (UK) and a degree in Statistics/Economics from University of Rome “La Sapienza”. She has worked as consultant for European Commission, European Parliament and OECD, and for several Italian institutions.
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