HesaMag 12 - Women at work

Equality for men and women in the workplace has been one of the longest standing aims of European social policy. Forty years after the adoption of the first Directive, and in spite of numerous initiatives by the European Union, there is still a long way to go to achieve full gender equality in the workplace.

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Editorial: Social action is needed to improve occupational health

Occupational health is currently under serious pressure from the wider context of the Community policy pompously entitled "Better Regulation... Find out more

Pesticides in Europe: a daily silent Bhopal

The code of silence is starting to break. In the agricultural world, despite firmly rooted taboos, social action is increasingly being taken... Find out more

"Putting on gender glasses" to understand working conditions

If occupational health is ignored, equality policies will always be ineffective.The opposite is also true: the fight for occupational health... Find out more

Emmanuelle Walter

Karen Messing, the woman who could walk through walls

Born in 1943, this American-Canadian researcher specialising in women’s occupational health has transformed the attitudes of European... Find out more

Florence Chappert

The "gender-based approach" to support prevention: the French example

Since 2008 the network of the French National Agency for Improved Working Conditions (Anact) has been developing a model for analysing... Find out more

Berta Chulvi

Women helped by women

Standing with the female employees trying to get their occupational diseases recognised are female trade union officials striving to... Find out more

Hans Olof Wiklund

Sweden: labour inspection crusade against exclusion of women from the labour market

In 2011, the Swedish Government asked the Swedish Work Environment Authority to develop specific initiatives aimed at preventing women from... Find out more

Personal protective equipment: getting the right fit for women

In the workplace personal protective equipment can save lives. Yet in many occupations, in spite of the increasing numbers of women employed... Find out more

Barbara Matejčić

In the bowels of the earth, beside the last female miners in Europe

Only around a dozen remain throughout the Balkans. As a legacy from the Communist era and its ideal of emancipating women through work, the... Find out more

Denis Grégoire

A book to regalvanise occupational health

Last April, Editions La Découverte published a work entitled Les risques du travail or “The risks of work”, with the shock subtitle: Pour ne... Find out more

Angelo Ferracuti

You can’t stand in the way of progress: Icelandic tale about a heralded relocation

In August 2014, the US aluminium giant, Alcoa, decided to permanently close its Portovesme plant in the poorest province of Italy, Carbonia... Find out more

Should slavery be abolished?

The idea that a legal rule can be legitimised by its economic impact is not new. The fascinating work of a historian and a sociologist shows... Find out more

Denis Grégoire

Cancer at Samsung: comic book tribute to a father's fight

The drawing in the box is heartrending: a man sitting behind a steering wheel turns round, reaches out his hand and touches the vehicle’s... Find out more

Berta Chulvi

Mujeres apoyando a mujeres

Tras las historias de trabajadoras que han conseguido visibilizar su enfermedad profesional, encontramos mujeres sindicalistas que tratan de... Find out more

Barbara Matejčić

U zemljinoj utrobi uz posljednje rudarke u Europi

Tek ih je nekolicina preostala na Balkanu. Kao naslije?e komunisti?ke težnje da se žene emancipiraju kroz rad, žene su u rudnicima... Find out more

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Women at work: in search of recognition