CESI meets with MEP Kostadinka Kuneva to discuss about women domestic carers

22 Oct 2015

On Tuesday this week, CESI Secretary general Klaus Heeger and Kirsten Lühmann, President of CESI's Commission on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (CESI's internal members' committee to deliberate on gender equality politics), met with MEP Kostadinka Kuneva. The objective of the meeting was to discuss about the draft own initiative report on women domestic workers and carers in the EU, which is currently debated on in the European Parliament's Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality - with Ms Kuneva as lead rapporteur. The topic is of high importance to CESI.

CESI meets with MEP Kostadinka Kuneva to discuss about women domestic carers

Already back in March this year, CESI’s Commission on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality adopted a position on ‘Significance of home-based care from the EU perspective’. The position stresses that in order to offer women greater and more equal professional development possibilities compared to male family members, there is a need for societal change away from gender stereotype-based family care work divisions and towards partnership-based cooperation models which facilitate a fairer division of domiciliary work between family members.

This was also a main point of discussion in relation to Ms Kuneva’s draft report, which also acknowledges that “the work characterised as domestic work and care has been traditionally offered for many years by women as wives, mothers or daughters and sisters”.

In the context of the meeting, CESI also generally welcomed a clause in the draft report which “stresses the important role that trade unions can play in organising and informing [domestic care] workers on their rights and obligations.”

Amendments to Ms Kuneva’s draft report will likely be discussed in the European Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality on December 3, followed by a committee vote on January 14 2016 and a plenary vote in February or March.