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Results of the public consultation of the Ministry of Equality between Women and Men

The Minister of Equality between Women and Men, Taina Bofferding, presented the results of the survey at a press conference on July 18. (photo: Editpress/Fabrizio Pizzolante)

 

The Ministry for Equality between Women and Men launched a call for residents and all those active on the Luxembourg job market to give their opinion on gender equality issues in mid-June 2019 and until the beginning of July.

 

This public consultation, which was attended by a "strong participation" that was welcomed by the Minister of the jurisdiction, Taina Bofferding. "We have made progress, but there is still a long way to go. "Nearly 1,800 people answered an online survey with about ten questions and open to residents and border residents. Women were the most likely to respond (1,043 women against 624 men). "The answers show us that there is general awareness. Awareness-raising, information, and support from an early age and at all levels are privileged. But, above all, we need a strong commitment from women and men to achieve a better life together. Equality does not concern only half of the population," the Minister highlighted.

 

Results of the survey

The vast majority of participants in this survey (67%) believe that there is still a long way to go to overcome the problem of gender inequality. In particular, with regard to "exposure to violence, harassment and abuse", which is the number one absolute priority for both sexes, 71% of them support this fight (74% for women, 61% for men).

While 61% of female participants believe that stereotypes and clichés are particularly present in their professional lives, only 38% of male participants feel the same way. "These differences show how men do not experience the same reality as women," says Taina Bofferding. "We need them and their contribution to achieve our objectives of an egalitarian reality for all."

 

Awareness-raising and information remain the preferred ways to break the gender stereotypes and clichés that are at the heart of all these inequalities. The participants in the public consultation also suggested that " review the content of the courses ", " put more emphasis on women and men with careers that go against stereotypes " and " rely on awareness programs " remain the most appropriate means to make a difference.

All these responses will make it possible to draw up the new National Action Plan on Equality ("NAP Equality"), scheduled for the end of the year, as well as those of the various social partners, organisations and institutions with which the Ministry has also consulted (the Youth Parliament, the National Council of Women, the Inter-ministerial Committee on Equality, etc.).

Vote on the law to establish an assistance activity for employment inclusion

On 10 July 2019, the Chamber of Deputies passed the law 7269 amending the Employment Code by creating an activity to assist in employment inclusion for disabled employees and employees in external reclassification.

Persons with the status of disabled employees as well as employees in external reclassification have more difficulties not only in finding a job but also sustainably reintegrating into the job market. Inclusion often comes up against the fact that companies are not equipped to support the long and sensitive process of including a disabled employee or an employee in external reclassification.

The creation of this new initiative called "assistance for inclusion in employment" therefore has a twofold objective:

  • Facilitate the sustainable professional inclusion and, above all, the retention in employment of people with the status of disabled employees as well as employees in external reclassification on the ordinary job market by identifying their particular needs and by training members of their professional entourage in the specificities of their disability or reduced work capacity.
  • Aim to encourage companies to hire more disabled employees or those in external reclassification by offering them the possibility of using an approved external expert to support the professional inclusion process in the company of one or more disabled employees or employees in external reclassification.

The law is a step forward in the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRDPH), which Luxembourg signed in 2011 and which provides in article 27 that States parties must undertake to take appropriate measures to promote employment opportunities and the advancement of persons with disabilities in the job market, as well as assistance in finding and obtaining employment, maintaining employment and returning to work.

"Since the new assistance aims to maintain long-term employment, it contributes to a more inclusive society. The law considerably increases the autonomy of people with disabilities or in external redeployment and allows them to participate in social and professional life on an equal basis with people whose working capacity is not reduced," explained Corinne Cahen, Minister for Family and Integration and Patron of the Lëtzebuerg Diversity Charter.

She also underlined that it was ensured that all decisions relating to assistance were taken, not by the employer unilaterally, but in close consultation with the disabled employee or, where necessary, with the employee in external reclassification. To promote the development of the empowerment of people with disabilities, they were also involved and consulted in the drafting process in various ways.

Discover here the whole process to be able to benefit from the inclusion assistance. 

Crossed views on the artwork of LaToya Ruby Frazier

Mudam invites several engaged Luxembourg associations, including the Diversity Charter, to address issues that are at the heart of LaToya Ruby Frazier's practice - women's rights, discrimination, the working class, migration, etc. - to take a personal look at his exhibition.

 

When? July 17, 2019 from 6:30 pm 

 

Where? MUDAM / 3 Park Drai Eechelen, 1499 Luxembourg

 

Which speakers? IMS Luxembourg/Charte de la Diversité Lëtzebuerg, CID Fraen an Gender and ASTI.

 

The visit is followed by a convivial moment of discussion at the Mudam Summer Café.

In Luxembourgish. Without reservation. For more information: visites@mudam.lu

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