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18/12/2012

The impact of the economic crisis on the situation of women and men and on gender equality policies. Synthesis Report

Report financed by and prepared for the use of the European Commission, DG Justice/Unit D2, in the framework of a contract managed by the Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini (FGB) with Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale (IRS)



The report examines the impact of the global economic crisis on the situation of women and men in Europe and on gender equality policies. Il suggests that there has been a levelling down of gender gaps in employment, unemployment, wages, and poverty. Finds that the labour market behaviour of women has been similar to that of men. Argues that although there is evidence of contained but uneven retrenchment in welfare provision in the first years of the crisis, there is a threat that fiscal consolidation might ultimately reduce both welfare provision and related employment – with associated gender equality impacts. Finds that in the vast majority of countries gender mainstreaming has not been implemented in policy design and policy implementation over the crisis.

author(s): Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini; Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale (IRS); Expert Group on Gender and Employment (EGGE); Expert Group on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion, Health and Long-Term Care (EGGSI) - F. Bettio, M. Corsi, C.D’Ippoliti, A. Lyberaki, M. Samek Lodovici, A. Verashchagina
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