Debate between PLENT and ETUC at the European Parliament

Next Tuesday, 3 rd May 2016, PLENT (International Platform for Equal, Non-Transferable and 100% Paid Parental Leave) will participate in an event organized by the GUE/NGL (European United Left – Nordic Green Left – European Parliamentary Group): “Reviving Parental Leave rights in the EU”. In this debate, our colleague María … Continue reading

“Indignados” Spanish fathers sue Social Security for discrimination on parental leave

A group of Spanish fathers has gone to court to demand equal (and totally non-transferable) paternity leave to the mothers – 16 weeks 100% paid. For the moment 8 fathers have taken legal action, and many others are waiting to do so as their babies are born in the next … Continue reading

PLENT to explain its proposal in Brussels. Come and discuss with us!

This event is organized by the Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL). GUE/NGL through the Spanish party “Podemos” (one of the new anti-austerity parties in Spain). At present there are two different directives in the EU that are completely disconnected. One is the Directive on Maternity leave (under DG health), … Continue reading

Which family policies do we need to diminish the motherhood penalty?

The European Commission, the Council and the European Parliament are discussing about the implementation of a directive that improves safety and health at work of pregnant workers, workers who have recently given birth or are breastfeeding. Improvement, according to this proposal, would be to grant women 20 continuous weeks of … Continue reading

Paternity is the problem! Confusion about gender equality at the European Parliament

The new European Parliament will debate again on the extension of maternity leave, without taking the fathers into consideration. This extension is intended to promote the fair treatment of mothers in the labour market, but with a blind eye to the indirect discrimination suffered by all women because of motherhood. … Continue reading

PLENT participates in the NORDIC FORUM

Nordiskt Forum Malmö 2014 New Action on Women’s Rights is a conference arranged by the women’s rights movement of the Nordic countries. From June 12th – 15th 2014, around 15,000 people are expected to gather in Malmö, Sweden, to shape new strategies to promote gender equality and end discrimination against … Continue reading

Equal and non-transferable parental leave is a real utopia- A VIDEO by Janet Gornick (City University of New York)

This post is the first of a series that we want to produce regularly in order to present useful information, opinions, and data about Equal, Non-transferable and Fully Paid Parental Leave. This first post intends to present a video with an interview to Janet Gornick, Professor of Political Science and … Continue reading

PLENT participates in a project presentation at the European Union

Several members of PLENT have presented a project proposal on Building the case for Parental Leave to be Equal, Non-Transferable and fully-paid (BestPLENT) to the European Commission on February 2013, which should be resolved around June (Call for PROGRESS). The researcher and activist María Pazos, on behalf of the Institute … Continue reading

3rd European Conference

  I.- INTRODUCTION Throughout the 20th century women have achieved civil rights and have massively joined formal education and employment; nevertheless, there is yet a long way left to achieve effective equality. Inequality between maternity and paternity leave is one of the elements both reflecting and reinforcing obsolete patterns of … Continue reading