Penalise educated stay-at-home women - PvdA

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22 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) has proposed recovering part of the cost of study from highly-educated women who decide not to seek paid work.

22 March 2006

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) has proposed recovering part of the cost of study from highly-educated women who decide not to seek paid work.

*sidebar1*MP Sharon Dijksma, deputy chairperson of the PvdA's parliamentary party, believes the punitive measure is needed to stimulate more women to join the workforce. She outlined her ideas in 'Forum', a magazine published by employers' group VNO-NCW.

"A highly-educated woman who chooses to stay at home and not to work - that is destruction of capital," Dijksma said. "If you receive the benefit of an expensive education at the cost of society, you should not be allowed to throw away that knowledge unpunished."

The MP said a fine for non-working mothers is a logical consequence of the PvdA's intention to introduce a 'feudal system', under which graduates repay money dependant on their earnings. "If someone chooses not to work, then a substantial repayment is in order," Dijksma said.

A high proportion of Dutch women traditionally favour working only part-time or staying at home to care for their families.

However, a report published in February by Statistics Netherlands said women are increasingly active on the labour market. The number rose from slightly under 3 million in 2001 to nearly 3.2 million in 2005. Only women working in paid jobs for at least twelve hours a week or those actively seeking a job for at least 12 hours a week were counted.

"In the period 2001-2005, the number of women aged between 15 and 65 who were active on the labour market rose from 55.9 to 58.7 percent," the CBS said.

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