Three good practices from Greece at the 2021 report on gender equality in the EU
A. Supporting victims of gender-based violence (page 15): Since 2018, the SURVIVOR Project in Greece, co-financed by the EU’s Rights, Equality, and Citizenship programme, has been improving services for refugee and migrant survivors of gender-based violence. Refugee or migrant women are more likely to be victims of violence and often have fewer opportunities to defend themselves. The reasons for this greater vulnerability include the fact that many women and girls are unaware of their rights, are unable to inform themselves, or are socially isolated. The objectives of the SURVIVOR project have therefore been to improve the quality of services for refugee and migrant victims of gender-based violence in Greece and to improve access to such services. The Survivor Website provides toolkits and other resources for agencies and practitioners in Europe supporting the integration and resettlement of refugees.
B. Improving work-life balance and narrowing the gender care gap (Page 34): In July 2020, Greece initiated the “Neighbourhood Nannies” project as part of policy efforts to achieve greater balance between work and family life. It provides childcare services for infants up to 2.5 years of age by certified nurses with the prospect of universal implementation throughout the country between 2021 and 2027. As part of the pilot phase in a number of selected cities, the project provides financial support for parents, which can be used to pay a certified nurse to take care of the infant either at their home or at the nurse’s location. This project is designed to improve work-life balance among parents. It also provides working opportunities for unemployed childcare professionals and establishes avenues to formal employment for those working in the childcare sector, thus reducing undeclared work in the sector. A specialised platform has been set up to provide service staff with the appropriate credentials to ensure the safety of the children being looked after.
C. Gender balance in decision-making during the COVID-19 pandemic (Page 37): Seven Member States have so far adopted mandatory national quotas for the under-represented sex for listed companies with Greece being the latest addition to this list in 2020.