Two prominent scholars – Dr. Maria Startigaki and Dr. Maria Kalimessini 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 to St.Antony’s College
Thursday 19 June, 17:00
Seminar Room , European Studies Centre
70 Woodstock Road,
- Maria STRATIGAKI
- Maria Stratigaki is Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Policy of Panteion University teaching on gender, social policy and gender equality policies. She was appointed Secretary General for Gender Equality at the Hellenic Ministry of Interior (2009-2012). From 1991 to 1999 she worked at the European Commission on equal opportunities between women and men (DG EMPL). Furthermore, during her professional career she has been Director of the Research Centre of Gender Equality- KETHI (1999-2002) and the Centre for Gender Studies at Panteion University (2004-2009) (www.genderstudies-panteion.gr) and (www.genderpanteion.gr).
- Maria Stratigaki has coordinated European research projects on gender equality policies, migration and women’s entrepreneurship. She was scientific coordinator of the project Gender Studies in Social and Political Sciences at Panteion University(www.genderpanteion.gr) and scientific responsible of the European (FP7) research projects: GeMIC: Gender, migration and intercultural interaction in the South East Europe (www.gemic.eu) and MIG@NET: Migration, Gender and Digital Networks (www.mignetproject.eu).
- Maria Stratigaki is the author of academic articles and policy reports on gender equality policies and social inclusion. She has published in Social Politics, the European Journal of Women’s Studies, Les Cahiers du Genre. She has given numerous conference presentations and has participated in High Level Groups, Committees and Working Groups in European level.
Maria Karamessini is Professor in Labour Economics and Economics of the Welfare State. Her research and publications cover the following issues: labour market analysis and policy, gender and employment, youth transitions from education to work, labour flexibility and industrial restructuring, employment and social models. Since 1996 she is member of the European Commission Expert Group on “Gender and Employment” and assesses Greek employment policy from a gender equality perspective. Recent publications:
- The Integration of University Graduates in the Greek Labour Market, Athens: Dionicos, 2008, 371 pages (in Greek)
- ‘Continuity and change in the southern European social model’, International Labour Review, 147 (1), 2008, pp. 43-70.
- ‘Gender equality in employment. Review and assessment of the policies of the last decade in Greece’, in M. Stratigaki (ed.), Policies for Gender Equality: European Directions and National Experiences, Athens: Gutenberg, 2008.
- ‘Wage Determination and the Gender Pay Gap: a Feminist Political Economy Analysis and Decomposition’, Feminist Economics 13 (1), 2007, pp. 31-66 (with Elias Ioakimoglou).
Maria Karamessini and Jill Rubery (eds.
Women and Austerity
The Economic Crisis and the Future for Gender Equality
Routledge – Paperback—978-0-415-81537-6
Austerity has become the new principle for public policy in Europe and the US as the financial crisis of 2008 has been converted into a public debt crisis. However, current austerity measures risk losing past progress towards gender equality by undermining important employment and social welfare protections and putting gender equality policy onto the back burner. This volume constitutes the first attempt to identify how the economic crisis and the subsequent austerity policies are affecting women in Europe and the US, tracing the consequences for gender equality in employment and welfare systems in nine case studies from countries facing the most severe adjustment problems.
The contributions adopt a common framework to analyse women in recession, which takes into account changes in women’s position and current austerity conditions. The findings demonstrate that in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis, employment gaps between women and men declined — but due only to a deterioration in men’s employment position rather than any improvements for women. Tables are set to be turned by the austerity policies which are already having a more negative impact on demand for female labour 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 labour.
Future prospects are bleak. Current policy is reinforcing the same failed 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. This book makes the case for gender equality to be placed at the centre of any progressive plan for a route out of the crisis
Androulla Kaminara is currently the European Union Academic Visitor at the European Studies Centre of St.Antony’s College, Oxford University.
From 2008 to 2012, she was the Head of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus. Representations are the eyes, ears and voice of the European Commission in the Member states. From 2006 to 2008, Androulla was the Director for Quality of Operations of the European Commission’s Directorate General – EuropeAid. The directorate provided thematic expertise and quality oversight to all EC delegations implementing development cooperation projects throughout the world.
She has also been Head of Unit for the coordination of development co-operation projects and programs of the EC in 44 West & Central African and Caribbean countries and member of cabinet of two Commissioners. She started working for the European Commission in 1991.
Androulla has been involved in initiatives to promote gender equality throughout her career both with respect to the European Commission as well with respect to policy work to promote gender equality in European Commission Development Cooperation actions.
Before joining the Commission she has been a senior consultant and special adviser to two cabinet Ministers in Greece. She holds a B.Sc in Geology and Physics (Univ. London), Masters in Management Science (Imperial College, London) as well as Maîtrise in International Politics (ULB – Brussels).