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Gender mainstreaming and work-life balance

Isabela Delia POPA

Valentina Lidia LUPU


The past decade has witnessed major changes in the size and composition of the workforce in the EU Member States, including in Romania. The changes occurred in terms of technology and economy were accompanied by a strong surge in the number of women at work and led to a significant increase in the proportion of families where both parents are at work. The massive entry of women into the labour market across many European countries determined changes in household structures and in the relationship between work and family. This paper examines how the European Union and, particularly, Romania have responded to these challenges by examining the extent to which the adoption of formal policies succeeded to promote equality in the workplace, as well as
working arrangements that support work-life balance. A special synthetic conclusive chapter is dedicated to moral harassment at work, a health-related risk that affects more and more employees, and which catalyses inequalities in the workplace.