The Commissioner's Office has participated in several European Commission projects. On this website you can find the outputs, summaries and information materials produced as a result of our projects.
The InWeGe (Income, Wealth, Gender) project provides an innovative and statistics-based web application primarily for women to allow them to make decisions and better choices in the labour market. The project monitors the gender gap in income and wealth over the life cycle of people with the help of economists, and it also analyses the gender-based differentiation in income and pension assets, focusing on trends dominating in Estonia. The analysis also uses comparative data from other European countries. In particular, women’s wages, assets, and pensions are under examination.
As a result of the research, a web application for gender differences in income and wealth will be developed. The web application can be used by anyone who wants to make a job-related decision based on the current level of wages (currently prevalent in the market), given one’s educational background, gender, and other data. The interactive tool will raise awareness of gender equality, in particular, on the topic of wages and pensions.
The use of the web application helps to make the Estonian labour market more open and transparent. It helps women to stand for equal wages and provides them with the means to make different personal decisions when they retire. Through the web application, the user can compare different situations affecting future personal income and pension outcomes, including when accepting lower wages or leaving the labour market, which profession to choose, etc. The web application helps one better understand the implications of today’s decisions in the future. The service is free of charge.
The two-year InWeGe project included numerous other activities. You can learn about these and the general progress of the project inthe Estonian version of the website.
The European Commission’s project Parents@Work focuses on work-life balance best practice as well as recognises discriminatory practices in the workplace. The project aims to improve the protection against discrimination of pregnant workers and those who have family obligations.
- Work-life balance
- Being a parent
- Being a father
The project has three main goals:
- the exchange and dissemination of good practices of work-life balance;
- informing employers and employees of their rights and obligations;
- training and informing labour inspectors about the legal rights of parents at work.
A selection of measures used in Estonian enterprises - “Good practices of balancing work and family life“. Promoting work-life balance for pregnant employees and working parents. A guide to collecting good practices.
A guide for a supportive work environment that improves the regulation of work organisation.
A leaflet - “Parent, know your rights“.
Promoting work-life balance for pregnant employees and working parents.A guide to collecting good practices.
Project duration: 01 September 2019 – 31 August 2021.
The project is funded by the EU Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020).
The project "Towards gender equality through increased capabilities for work-life balance, WoBaCa" is coordinated by the Office of the Commissioner for Gender Equality and Equal Treatment in Estonia. The project is co-financed by the European Commission.
You can find the project website here.
The project aims to promote gender equality and increase the capacity of women and men to increase work-life balance by developing a number of innovative and interactive tools. These tools help increase equality by improving everyday practical skills, changing attitudes and reducing gender stereotypes.
One of these innovative tools is a strategic learning game, which has been developed into both a physical board game and a digital game. The game is based on the Commissioner's analysis of aspects that hinder the achievement of work-life balance or encourage discriminatory practices that negatively affect this balance.
The learning game is designed for use in schools, companies and the general public. As part of a larger project, the learning game is used in parallel with a series of short films. The educational series was produced by Kuukulgur Film.
The output of the project is also guidelines supporting the balance of work and family life: for people with family responsibilities, their co-workers, management of an organization or company, local government, educational institutions or training institutions, policy makers, contractors and employees, and a guide in plain language.
The project is implemented in cooperation with the city of Heidelberg in Germany and the Equality Commissioner of Serbia, from whom we receive valuable feedback on the use of the tools created within the framework of the project, both at the national and municipal levels. The third partner of the project is the Estonian Business School, whose role is to conduct research and methodology based on behavioral sciences.
The Republic of Serbia took part in the "Third Quality of Life Survey in Europe" study, which compared work-life balance in the Western Balkan countries, and the study found that Serbia has the highest percentage of workers who lack work-life balance. This is explained by work organization and inflexible working hours. Women do unpaid work to a greater extent than men, and this is also reflected in the work-life balance.
The city of Heidelberg has exemplary practices that ensure gender equality at the local level. On March 29, 2007, the Heidelberg City Council signed the European Union Equality Charter: "The European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life". Heidelberg became the first city in Baden-Wuerttemberg and the second city in Germany with more than 100,000 inhabitants to officially approve and implement the charter. Heidelberg was also the first city in Germany to submit a second Equality Action Plan. The plan is based on a clearly structured framework, the goal of which is the ability to assess the development process of an attractive and gender-sensitive municipality. The city of Heidelberg has experience working with students on issues related to work-life balance, so their experience will be invaluable in the implementation of the project.
The project will last for two years: February 17, 2020 to February 16, 2022.
Read more WoBaCa webpage