Everybody's Talking: Work-Life Balance Goes Mainstream

Duration: 18th May 2020 – 17th May 2022

Since 2011, gender pay gap in Lithuania has been increasing consistently. One of the main reasons for that is the imbalance of time devoted to childcare between both parents. Once the decision to start a family is made, gender norms and the design of childcare policies pressure women into making career breaks, which have a negative impact on women’s economic independence and their capacity to participate in social life. All of this has long-term consequences for a woman’s career and her general well-being, but shared responsibilities of raising a child could benefit both the families and the state. A shared parental leave would also create the opportunity for the father to get involved in his child’s life at an early stage, therefore the emotional connection between the father and the child would be much stronger.

The aim of this project is to improve reconciliation between work and private life for everyone and to overcome policy, work-related, social, psychological, behavioral barriers and gender norms regarding equal share in work-life balance for women and men.

Objectives of the project:

  • to review existing legislation on work-life balance;
  • to suggest the course of actions for improvements in national policies;
  • to advocate for necessary legal amendments;
  • to develop and apply mechanisms for work-life balance at the company level; 
  • to create a favorable social environment and working culture for better work-life balance;
  • to promote the idea of a shared parental leave;
  • to redefine the definition of modern masculinity and fatherhood;
  • to help the mothers overcome maternal guilt and highlight the benefits of an early involvement by the fathers;
  • to raise public awareness/discussions and promote behavioral changes for a better work-life reconciliation.

These objectives will be achieved by:

  • performing a revision of the existing legislation on work-life balance;
  • determining the barriers employers themselves face when initiating work-life balance measures and (or) policies in their organizations;
  • carrying out a representative survey on public knowledge and attitudes towards work-life balance;
  • organizing advocacy meetings with Parliament members and policymakers;
  • choosing a pilot company for the action and setting and implementing the action plan for promoting work-life balance in the chosen pilot company;
  • running a motivational campaign for employees of the pilot company;
  • providing recommendations on work-life balance implementation in other companies;
  • organizing an international conference;
  • launching a website for the employers and the employees, containing essential information on reconciliation between work and private life; 
  • carrying out national awareness raising campaigns.

The project is implemented by the Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson, Center for Equality Advancement and the social advertising agency “Nomoshiti”. Contributed by the Ministry of Social Security and Labour.

The project is co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020) of the European Union (Project Agreement with the European Commission No. 881615 – BALANCE – REC-AG-2019 / REC-RGEN-WWLB-AG-2019).