‘Women’s health and work’ International Conference

Today, the author of this blog attended the first day of the international conference ‘Women’s health and work’ that the European Trade Union Institute is organising from 4 to 6 March at the International Trade Union House in Brussels. The event is aimed at sharing knowledge and experiences to enhance women’s working conditions and promote gender equality in the workplace.

Bernadette Ségol, General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), opened the conference with a speech highlighting the link between gender equality and health at work. Ségol also pointed out the need to challenge the idea of women being less exposed to risks, stating that women have historically been less involved in apparently risky work, but effects on their health need to be measured over their whole working life.

The conference programme focuses on six key areas that will be developed in various workshops. The discussion topics will include health inequalities and division of labour, women workers exposed to chemicals, work organisation and the interaction with private life, the hardships of work, the design and use of protective clothing, personal protective equipment, tools and machinery for women’s work and ageing and the long term effects of work. This latter workshop is organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.

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