Women 45+ on Labor Market: Ageism

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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One thought on “Women 45+ on Labor Market: Ageism

  1. Finland is usually presented as pioneer in gender equality, however in reality, equality has progressed with agonising slowness. The gender segregation of Finnish work life is strong and it extends both across and within occupations. Women’s jobs are characterised by elements of caring, nurturing and supportive roles, while men monopolise the heavy manual, technical and managerial tasks.For example the boom in information technology (IT) in Finland has widened the gender gap in education and working life. Starting in the upper level of comprehensive school, IT is an optional subject chosen mostly by boys. Boys are over-represented in IT and related classes in upper secondary school and at vocational training institutes. This gender-related difference in education may have far-reaching implications on tomorrow-s labour markets: those with a good command of IT have a better choice of jobs than those who have received littler or no such training. There is also a gap between women and men when it comes to training and work tasks. According to statistics, more often than men, women have the opportunity to use a computer at work. Despite this, women tend to feel that the computer skills learned at work are rather limited.
    There is still quite wide wage differences in Finnland betweengenders.It can be explained by the fact that woman-dominated fields are valued less highly.


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