Women's Day celebrated
12 November 2007, BRUSSELS - Armistice Day is traditionally also Women's Day in Belgium. This year the Feminist Movement chose the theme "women and work".
12 November 2007
BRUSSELS - Armistice Day is traditionally also Women's Day in Belgium. This year the Feminist Movement chose the theme "women and work".
The Women's Committee VOK that organises the annual Women's Day points to the danger of new trends on the labour market. Service cheques create new inequalities, they say.
The cheques are issued by the authorities and allow users to employ people for casual work at a subsidised rate.
The users also enjoy a tax break. The cheques ensure that casual labour happens within the legal economy.
Women's organisations warn that the system is creating new inequalities: the cheques are mainly being used by affluent two-income families.
"The women doing the work are often poor" says Sofie De Graeve of the VOK.
The system also means that less well off people are contributing towards cleaning help for the much better off.
On the occasion of Women's Day women across the country can take part in debates, workshops and visit a series of dedicated exhibitions.
[Copyright Flanders news 2007]
Subject: Belgian news