The project EQ-Train – and all it has to offer – first and foremost addresses trainers and counsellors (both male and female) in the field of vocational orientation. However, we also
explicitly would like to invite all actors in the areas of education and training, labour market and equal treatment as well as all women and men interested in gender democracy to visit this website, to use the products developed in the course of the project and provided here, and to participate in our events.
"Hairdresser – shop assistant – secretary" are still the three most popular choices in profession for 50% of all girls and young women starting an apprenticeship in Austria. Traditional role models are one of the reasons for this: Girls and women are not encouraged enough in breaking new ground professionally, and many businesses often are not ready to accept girls into technical trainings.
Another reason for this choice of professions is the false assumption that typical "women's professions" are especially family-friendly. In reality, it are these very jobs which often require flexible hours and working weekends.
It is also an unfortunate decision as far as income is concerned. In Austria, for example, in the first year of their apprenticeship hairdressers earn €364 a month, whereas carpenters get up to €561 (source:
The difference in income between women and men at the beginning of their professional lives is already 18%. This gap widens in the course of one's working life. Depending on economical sector, age and basis of calculation women earn up to 45% less than men. Experts and by now also politicians rightly have been demanding that starting salaries need to be made transparent in order to put a stop to discrimination in this area.
Unpaid work still is the domain of women: 2/3 of the work women do is unpaid, for men it is only 1/5, according to a study by the Austrian Ministry for Social Affairs which was conducted some years ago. If we imagine this in allocation to one year, this would mean that women work for a salary until approximately the end of April and then continue working for no money until the end of the year. Men, on the other hand, are getting paid approximately until mid-October and then continue without pay for about two-and-a-half months more.
Unpaid work is what makes women poor in old age. 20% of all female pensioners all over Europe run a very high risk of poverty. Women do most of the unpaid work in the household, in the family and in the care for elderly or ill family members. This does not leave them much time for paid work. According to the 2008 report of the Commission for Equal Opportunities for Women and Men, every third woman in the European Union works part-time, whereas only 10% of all men do not have a full-time job.
EQ-Train is a project within the framework of the EU-programme Lifelong Learning/Transfer of Innovations, supported by the European Union, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture, the Federal Chancellery Austria/Women and by the project partners' own financial means.
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