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Innovative Work-Life Balance Strategies to facilitate reconciliation of professional and caring responsibilities (EaSI – PROGRESS AXIS)

Social innovation as promoted by the EaSI programme can help address social challenges – for example, women’s underrepresentation in the workplace – by providing better and innovative feedbacks to recognized social needs, with a specific end goal to convey better social results.

The EaSI Programme shall aim to:

  1. pay particular attention to vulnerable groups;
  2. promote equality between women and men,
  3. combat discrimination based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation;
  4. promote a high-level of quality and sustainable employment, guarantee adequate and decent social protection, combat long-term unemployment and fight against poverty and social exclusion.

This specific call includes a description of several different activities that could be funded as access to childcare facilities/out-of-school care at the workplace; development of local childcare/long-term care facilities for groups of companies in the same area; access to breastfeeding facilities at the workplace; adapting working time to the needs of both working parents – men and women etc.

Expected outputs/results:

  • Tested, developed and implemented innovative work-life balance strategies in the workplace, with a view to facilitate the reconciliation of work and private life and to support a better sharing of care responsibilities between women and men, thereby encouraging a higher labour market participation of women.
  • Increasing uptake of family leaves and flexible working arrangements by men, encouraging a more balanced share of caring responsibilities that will support women to re-enter the labour market or avoid that they drop out of the labour market.
  • Changing work-place culture and elimination of gender stereotypes that see women as carrying the burden of caring responsibilities and men the burden of being the family breadwinner.
  • Increasing labour market participation of women due to increased work-life balance, leading to more productive workforce.

iED has implemented several innovative projects for gender equality and especially in order to assist them gaining the necessary knowledge to excellence in labour market and enhance their skills and in the same time to create paths for equality in the workplace.

Projects like this are “Gender Equality and Entrepreneurship for All”, “Women’s Social Entrepreneurship: A path to equality” and more that can be found here.

If you are interested in applying for this call you could contact us and further discuss the available options.

TIMETABLE

Submission deadline: 18 April 2018

Indicative duration of the entire project should be between 24 and 36 months.

Available Budget

The budget earmarked for the EU co-financing of projects under this call is estimated at EUR 10.000.000. The Commission expects to fund 5-7 proposals.

Eligibility of the applicants

a) Place of establishment

Legal entities properly established and registered in the following countries are eligible as lead applicant and co-applicants:

    • EU Member States;
    • Iceland and Norway in accordance with the EEA Agreement;
    • Albania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.

b) Type of entities

Lead applicant must be a public body (such as national, regional and local authorities, employment services).

Co-applicants must be public bodies, for profit or non-profit-making private entities.

c) Consortia

  • the action must involve a consortium of at least 3 applicants (1 Lead applicant + 2 co-applicants).
  • at least one co-applicant must be a social partner organisation at European, national or local level.
  • at least one co-applicant must be properly established and registered in a EaSI PROGRESS participating country other than a EU-Member State.

Vasiliki Soumpenioti
Proposal Writer

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