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Gender and precariousness. Women within the contemporary labour market
Public seminar - This seminars aims at highlighting once again the public debate on the theme of feminization of the labour market. As a matter of fact, despite the presence of women has increased in almost all the professional sectors, the signs which show a difficult relationship between women and the labour market are still several and evident.

Moreover if we focus on the Sicilian job market in relation to this topic data are discouraging from different points of view: unemployment rate, difference in policy salary, career perspective, local welfare policies, best practices on gender issues developed by local companies.

 Starting from this point of analysis, there is the necessity, shared by SEND and the partners involved in SDOLM, the “Gruppo un'Altra Storia”, and the “Il laboratorio delle Idee” della FISAC CGIL, to make a discussion on the relation between women and jobs within the precariousness, considering that in the last 15 years, the Italian working scene has been characterized more and more by the introduction of non-standard job types - “atypical”- referring to all those types of jobs which do not include the proper Fordist working model (the permanent employment with its forms of guaranteed indemnities such as sick leave, maternity leave and work injuries).

 Our interest is to reflect, through the seminar activities, upon the impact of this transformation, now usually called the precariousness - precarious work – of the work of women, and secondly, on the work of women in Palermo.

 In deed, the precariousness seems not to have increased the possibilities jobs for women, and moreover, it has largely reproduced gender discrimination and the inequities as the majority of workers with a non standard contract are women, especially in the South of Italy. Furthermore, it seems that just the phenomenon of the precarious work and gender discrimination is mostly represented in the southern regions of Italy, reproducing in this way another of the typical gap of the Italian society in terms of reduction of rights, in regions which typically have a lack of welfare measures.

Program of the seminar

Gender and precariousness. Women within the contemporary labour market

November 12, 2010

13.30 welcome lunch

14.45 Introduction Loriana Cavaleri, Associazione Send

15.00  Job feminization and precariousness. An Analysis of gender discrimination within and over the professional contexts Annalisa Murgia, University of Trento

15.15 Women and gender policies: rights and contradictions Caterina Vitale, “Il laboratorio delle Idee” - Fisac CGIL Palermo

15.30 Reading of biographies of precarious women Maria Teresa de Sanctis, actress

15.45 The presence of women within the third sector in Palermo Monica Genovese, the regional secretariat of FILCAMS CGIL Sicilia

16.00 The crises, women and jobs Giovanna Marano the regional secretariat of FIOM CGIL Sicilia

16.15 A dream of a group of women: working together to change our life and environment Laboratorio ZEN,

16.30 Welfare and rights within the precarious society Antonella Monastra, councillor of the city of Palermo “ Gruppo un'altra storia”

16.45 Reading of biographies of precarious women Maria Teresa de Sanctis, actress

17.00 Women's rights. A comparison among associations of women of Palermo:

Arcidonna

Biblioteca delle donne U.D.I. Palermo

Le Luminarie

Mezzocielo

Associazione Nzocchè

Le Onde ONLUS

Moreover if we focus on the Sicilian job market in relation to this topic data are discouraging from different points of view: unemployment rate, difference in policy salary, career perspective, local welfare policies, best practices on gender issues developed by local companies.

 

Starting from this point of analysis, there is the necessity, shared by SEND and the partners involved in SDOLM, the “Gruppo un'Altra Storia”, and the “Il laboratorio delle Idee” della FISAC CGIL, to make a discussion on the relation between women and jobs within the precariousness, considering that in the last 15 years, the Italian working scene has been characterized more and more by the introduction of non-standard job types - “atypical”- referring to all those types of jobs which do not include the proper Fordist working model (the permanent employment with its forms of guaranteed indemnities such as sick leave, maternity leave and work injuries).

 

Our interest is to reflect, through the seminar activities, upon the impact of this transformation, now usually called the precariousness - precarious work – of the work of women, and secondly, on the work of women in Palermo.

In deed, the precariousness seems not to have increased the possibilities jobs for women, and moreover, it has largely reproduced gender discrimination and the inequities as the majority of workers with a non standard contract are women, especially in the South of Italy. Furthermore, it seems that just the phenomenon of the precarious work and gender discrimination is mostly represented in the southern regions of Italy, reproducing in this way another of the typical gap of the Italian society in terms of reduction of rights, in regions which typically have a lack of welfare measures.