The conference Plus for Women 45+ enabled exchange of information and experience among experts from Slovakia, Finland, Germany, Lithuania and Czech Republic and proved, that Slovakia is trying to solve Labor Market Problems, however have still a lot to do.
The goal of this project was to describe the work conditions and lives of women over 45 in Slovak social environments and to contribute to the creation of a public policy.
One of the main problems is that most women 45+ are critical of their ability to defend their own rights at work, the retirement age of Slovak women has been radically raised by the pension reform, however many of women 45+ are “sandwich women”, as they combine care for their own families with assistance to their children’s families. This is many times impossible.
Proposals of solving this situation is accomplishing mental shift among ageing women towards a more active and assertive attitude to work, filling-in the vacuum of visible role models of successful female workers around 60 years, overcoming wide-spread ageism in the society as a whole, introducing a better age and life course-adjusted and flexible working life for ageing workers in organizations and building health-care and social services that would respond to the needs of ageing women.
From my point of view, women 45+ are really underestimated in Slovakia and don´t have enough rights. Although there are a lot of project trying to solve this alarming situation, conditions remain the same. This is mainly mental problem. The question is, how long it will continue?
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