Women in Netherlands must make own job choices
Women have to decide for themselves how many hours they want to work in a week and not be forced into working longer hours, says working group.1 July 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - A working group says women have to decide for themselves how many hours a week they work, and should not be forced into a longer working week.
Many women in the Netherlands have jobs, but most of them work less than 20 hours a week.
The group, chaired by journalist Pia Dijkstra, was set up to advise the government, employers and unions on how women in part-time jobs could be stimulated to work longer hours.
It concludes that money plays an important role in women's decisions about jobs. However, factors including partners' involvement in the home and the availability of childcare also affect the choices made.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]