How can we reconcile parenthood and work in Belgium?

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We thank you all for your participation!
Thousands of citizens all over Belgium have proposed and voted to reconcile parenthood and work.
We will be sharing the results shortly.

THIS CONSULTATION IS CLOSED

We thank you all for your participation!
Thousands of citizens all over Belgium have proposed and voted to reconcile parenthood and work.
We will be sharing the results shortly.

Established more than fifteen years ago, the Degroof Petercam Foundation champions a vision of a sustainable and inclusive society where everyone has the opportunity to thrive through employment. It endorses those who propose innovative approaches to address employment-related challenges.

In 2023, we established a "Social Innovation Lab" with a focus on employment issues in Belgium. Through our research, we have identified "Parenthood and employment" as a critically overlooked, urgent, and complex issue within the Belgian context. To address this, we are allocating resources to investigate potential solutions to improve the reconciliation of parenthood and employment.

Recognizing the magnitude of this challenge, we understand that we cannot tackle it alone. Therefore, we are calling upon civil society, citizens, and non-profit organizations to join us in addressing this multifaceted problem.

WHY it MATTERS

Throughout history and across cultures, most adults become parents.

However, societal shifts, including increased female workforce participation, changing family structures, declining birth rates, increasing individualism in Western society replacing collective responsibility, have reshaped the landscape of parenthood and employment.

Despite Belgium's ambition for achieving 80% employment by 2030, there is room for improvement, particularly in reconciling employment with parenthood.

WHY do we ACT

Taking action to better reconcile parenthood and work means taking an interest in:

  • Gender equality, both economical and social
  • Public health, concerning both parents and children
  • An economic reality with practical impacts on growth and our social system
  • Public policies that affect our fellow citizens on a daily basis
  • A societal choice that will have a lasting impact on the country we aspire to become

This CONSULTATION is AIMED AT:

  • mothers, fathers and future parents who work, want to work or have worked
  • concerned grandparents
  • employees, employers, managers and entrepreneurs
  • associations active in the fields of childhood, work, family, health and women's issues
  • any citizen wishing to contribute to this conversation, because "it takes a village to raise a child"

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Milestones
May 6 2024

Launch of the online consultation

June 30 2024

Closing of the online consultation

Automn 2024

Consultations results' reveal

SOME
key figures

40%

of women work part-time, compared with 12% of men; women declare that the main reasons for working part-time are to look after children or other vulnerable people (26%)

(source)

Top 3

Belgium is in the Top 3 countries worldwide for parental burnout

(source)

+10-20%

is the growth in GDP per capita induced by family-friendly policies and work-family compatibility introduced by the Nordic countries over the past 50 years

(source)

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somekey figures

40%

of women work part-time, compared with 12% of men; women declare that the main reasons for working part-time are to look after children or other vulnerable people (26%)

(source)

Top 3

Belgium is in the Top 3 countries worldwide for parental burnout

(source)

+10-20%

is the growth in GDP per capita induced by family-friendly policies and work-family compatibility introduced by the Nordic countries over the past 50 years

(source)

participate
MOBILISATION ON GENERAL INTEREST :

Make.org's approach based on consensus

We are convinced that societal changes can only come from common ideas. This is why Make.org's approach always consists in looking for the common ground upon which collective engagement can be built. Our society is becoming more and more fragmented, we believe that involving citizens in those shared ideas is the best way to reconcile society and handle our disagreements.
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