Actions and monitoring by acting area

Inspection

  1. Inspection Plan to overcome the Gender Pay Gap.
  2. Pay Audit System in companies through specific inspection units.
  3. Gender Equality Working Party of the Social Dialogue Roundtable.
  4. Specific Training Programme for Inspection Staff.
  5. A total of 39 companies selected for Wage Audits to be conducted in the 2nd quarter: 19 in Bizkaia, 11 in Gipuzkoa and 9 in Álava.
  6. The Basque Government’s Labour Inspectorate organised an Event on “The Public Control of the Gender Pay Gap” in Donostia-San Sebastián.
  7. The Basque Government’s Labour Inspectorate organised the Session on “Labour Inspection and its Role and Fighting the Pay Gap” in Bilbao.
  8. The Basque Government Minister for Labour and Justice unveiled the actions implemented by the Labour Inspectorate regarding equality and the results of the inspection work against fraud in contracting during 2019.

Steering co-responsibility

  1. Gender Equality Working Party of the Social Dialogue Roundtable.
  2. The Basque Government Cabinet approved the increase of the global amount allocated to the Education Department, aimed, among others, at the Haurreskolak Consortium service being free for people with income under €18,000.
  3. The Basque Government introduced the new paternity leave for workers of the Basque Public Sector: equal length for all, for both members of the couple, lasting 18 weeks, 100% remunerated and untransferable with a budgetary impact of €6.5 million (approx.) and a total of 70,000 beneficiaries (approx.) working for the General Administration of the Basque Country, Security, Osakidetza (Basque Health System), Education and Justice Administration.
  4. Approved Decree 164/2019, of October 22, on aid for the Grants for Work-Life Balance aimed at workers on leave or reduced working hours to care for children; people who are on leave or reduced working hours to care relatives in situations of dependency or extreme health severity; to replace working people who receive a work leave or a reduction in working hours for the care of sons or daughters or relatives in situations of dependency or with extremely serious health problems; and for hiring workers for the care of sons or daughters. TOTAL allocation in 2020 to budgets project: 53,145,650 euros
  5. The Basque Government Cabinet approved the Lanbide agreement to increase grants to ensure a work-life balance (grants aimed at contracting, in the framework of the work-life balance policy, to replace workers on leave of absence or reduced working hours to care for children or relatives in situations of dependency or with extremely serious health problems, with whom they have a degree of kinship). Increase: €214,000 / Total: €1,914,000
  6. Basque Government Cabinet approved the Order convening for the 2019-2020 academic year economic grants for local corporations owning nursery schools for 0 to 3 years olds (grant to finance the maintenance costs of children’s schools, which provide an essential service to facilitate the work-life balance of Basque families). Amount: €3.5 million
  7. The Basque Government’s Ministry of Employment and Social Policies unveiled the Kontzilia30 programme during the Congress of the 25 European Advanced Management Week.
  8. Emakunde organised the Nahiko Programme Coeducation Session: Educating for Care.
  9. The Basque Government Cabinet approved the Order convening economic grants for private schools in the first cycle of Infant Education, during the 2019-2020 academic year to provide a fundamental education service facilitating the work-life balance of Basque families. Amount: €26.5 million
  10. The Basque Government’s Ministry of Public Governance and Self-Governance organised 3 Sessions on “Joint Responsibility and Change in the Uses of Time Policies – Challenges of the Public Administrations”.
  11. ORDER of 13 November 2019, of the Basque Government’s Minister for Education, convening economic grants for Local Corporations owners of nursery schools for zero to three year olds for the 2019-2020 academic year.
  12. The Basque Government increases parental leave in single-parent families up to 24 weeks for 70,000 people working in the General Administration of Euskadi, Ertzaintza, Osakidetza, education and justice, enabling its extension to the entire autonomous public sector: entities, societies, foundations, consortia, ...
  13. The Governing Council gives its approval to the aid promoted by Lanbide for the reconciliation of family and working life and replacing working people under a work leave or reduction for the care of sons and daughters or relatives in situation of dependence or extreme health severity. Amount for the year 2020: 2,200,000 euros

Coeducation

  1. II Coeducation Plan for the Basque Educational System.
  2. STEAM innovation projects during the 2019-2020 academic year.
  3. The Minister of Education and President of Ikerbasque, Cristina Uriarte, presides over the delivery of the awards to three women who carry out their research work in the Basque Country.
  4. Approval of the ORDER convening the direct grant Infant, Primary and Secondary education centres of the Basque Country to implement action projects that will allow them to address Coeducation and prevent gender violence during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years (Total: €100,000 - Scope: 50 direct grant centres in the Basque Country).
  5. The Lehendakari closed the meeting of the schoolchildren who had taken part in the 2017-2019 Nahiko programme ran by Emakunde (4,000 schoolchildren and over 900 teachers worked on coeducation in the last two years).
  6. The Basque Country is taking part in the new European project to drive STEM education, the EU STEM Coalition. Its goals include setting up a European STEM platform, along with facilitating the sharing of good practices, with special emphasis on the need to focus special attention on encouraging young people, particularly young women, to embark on careers in the sphere of science and technology.
  7. The Basque Government Minister for Economic Development and Infrastructure, Arantza Tapia, took part in the “Challenges of Industry: Youth & Gender” conference.
  8. Start of the STEMsare programme, under the aegis of the Ministry for Education, aimed at setting up a network of science-technology schools, companies and stakeholders to drive STEM education to foster scientific calling in young women and girls. Total participating education centres: 37 / Total socio-economic stakeholders and companies: 21
  9. ORDER of 16 October 2019, of the Basque Government’s Minister of Education, convening economic grants for private schools in the first cycle of Infant Education, during the 2019-2020 academic year published in the BOPV (Official Gazette of the Basque Country).

Awareness

  1. Institutional Statement against the Pay Gap.
  2. Training journey organized by Emakunde - The Basque Institute for Women and Work Inspection: "A future without a gender pay gap? Tools for intervention”.
  3. "The gender gap in wages and pensions. Times for work and care” Journey.
  4. Emakunde - The Basque Institute for Women presents a diagnosis of the situation in Euskadi in the Gender Equality Working Party of the Social Dialogue Roundtable and stresses the need for a comprehensive approach.
  5. Presentation by the Director of Emakunde - The Basque Institute for Women of the Strategy and Operational Action Plan to reduce the Gender Pay Gap in the Social Dialogue Roundtable.
  6. A delegation of Emakunde - The Basque Institute for Women, presents to representatives of the act on the wage gap, "Closing the gender pay gap" held in New York, the Strategy and Operational Plan of Action to reduce the Gender Pay Gap in Euskadi.
  7. The Minister of Education and President of Ikerbasque, Cristina Uriarte, presides over the delivery of the awards to three women who carry out their research work in the Basque Country.
  8. The Emakunde Director took part in the Ada Byron Award for Women in Technology prize ceremony.
  9. The Lehendakari closed the meeting of the schoolchildren who had taken part in the 2017-2019 Nahiko programme ran by Emakunde (4,000 schoolchildren and over 900 teachers worked on coeducation in the last two years).
  10. Minister Arantxa Tapia opened the Industrial Week at the BEC and specifically stressed attracting women to industry.
  11. The Basque Government’s Ministry of Employment and Social Policies unveiled in Madrid, through the Union of Family Associations (UNAF), the initiatives regarding work-life balance and institutional joint responsibility with families through the network of care services (in the framework of the Basque Pact for Families and Children, along with the IV Family Support Plan 2018-2022).
  12. The Basque Government’s Ministry of Labour and Justice organised the I Congress on Domestic Employment, which analysed, among other issues, the shadow economy and the salary of household employees.
  13. Emakunde organised the Nahiko Programme Coeducation Session: Educating for Care.
  14. The Basque Government Minister for Economic Development and Infrastructure, Arantza Tapia, took part in the “Challenges of Industry: Youth & Gender” conference.
  15. Emakunde was in Geneva to take part in the Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting of the challenges facing the women’s rights globally, such as, the gender divide in the economy.
  16. Emakunde organised the Equality in Companies: Amendments to the legislation and shared responsibilities session to disseminate the new obligations of companies after the approval in March of Legislative Royal Decree 6/2019 regarding urgent measures to guarantee equal treatment and opportunities between men and women amending the Equality Act 3/2007.
  17. The Basque Government’s Labour Inspectorate organised an Event on “The Public Control of the Gender Pay Gap” in Donostia-San Sebastián.
  18. The IVAP, in conjunction with the EIPA-European Institute of Public Administration, organised the “Complying with Europe: Strategic Public Contracting in the 21st Century” sessions, whose themes included instructing on the incorporation of clauses for gender pay equality and measures against the pay gap in public contracting.
  19. The Basque Government’s Labour Inspectorate organised the Session on “Labour Inspection and its Role and Fighting the Pay Gap” in Bilbao.
  20. Emakunde organised the Session on “Occupational Health from the Gender and Pay Gap perspective” during the 2019 Equality Forum.
  21. The Basque Government’s Ministry of Public Governance and Self-Governance organised 3 Sessions on “Joint Responsibility and Change in the Uses of Time Policies – Challenges of the Public Administrations”. 
  22. The Basque Government’s Ministry of Labour and Justice implemented the gender pay gap awareness raising campaign in the media.
  23. The Basque Government’s Labour Inspectorate organised the “Equality Plans, a Tool against the Pay Gap. Equality Actions by the Labour Inspectorate” session in Vitoria.
  24. Emakunde unveiled the tools created to detect and address the pay gap in companies as part of the BAI SAREA programme.

Equality Plans

  1. The new call to award subsidies, EXTRAORDINARY for 2019, to companies and private entities to contract an approved consultancy firm to conduct an Appraisal of Gender Equality and produce an Equality Plan, published in the BOPV (Official Gazette of the Basque Country). Amount: €160.000
  2. Emakunde increased the amount of the ordinary call in December for companies to contract consultancy firms to conduct appraisals and produce Equality Plans. Amount: €200,000
  3. The Basque Government’s Labour Inspectorate organised the “Equality Plans, a Tool against the Pay Gap. Equality Actions by the Labour Inspectorate” session in Vitoria.
  4. RULING of 10 December 2019, of the Director of Emakunde-Basque Institute for Women, regulating and convening the awarding of grants, for 2020, to private companies and entities to contract approved consultancy firm to conduct an Appraisal of Gender Equality and produce an Equality Plan published in the BOPV (Official Gazette of the Basque Country) Amount: €200,000
  5. The Basque Government and the social agents CONFEBASK, CCOO and UGT approve the agreements reached during 2019 by the five Working Groups of the Social Dialogue Table among which is the Gender Equality group establishing the work plan for 2020 : voluntary implementation in companies of equality plans, specific training aimed at the members of the equality commissions, ...

Normative

  1. Instruction to incorporate equal pay for women and men clauses and measures against the gender pay gap in the public procurement.
  2. Approval of the ORDER convening the direct grant Infant, Primary and Secondary education centres of the Basque Country to implement action projects that will allow them to address Coeducation and prevent gender violence during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years (Total: €100,000 - Scope: 50 direct grant centres in the Basque Country).
  3. Approved in the Governing Council the economic guidelines of the 2020 budget with a firm commitment to the gender approach supporting measures that stimulate a smaller difference between wages and that respond to the government's strategy to reduce the wage gap.
  4. Decree 110/2019, of 16 July, regarding the list of qualifications, studies and professional expertise leading the Early Care professional accreditation (health systems, education and social services), to obtain greater specialisation or accredited experience and working as a professional in that regard, published in the BOPV (Official Gazette of the Basque Country).
  5. The Basque Government Cabinet approved the Order convening economic grants for private schools in the first cycle of Infant Education, during the 2019-2020 academic year to provide a fundamental education service facilitating the work-life balance of Basque families. Amount: €26.5 million
  6. The Basque Government Cabinet approved the Decree regarding Grants for Work-Life Balance to be awarded by the Basque Government, through its Ministry of Employment and Social Policies, from the following month of November, aimed at workers on leave of absence or reduced working hours to care for children; people who are on leave of absence or reduced working hours to care for relatives in situations of dependency or with extremely serious health problems; to replace workers on leave of absence or reduced working hours to care for children or relatives in situations of dependency or with extremely serious health problems; and to contract workers to care for minor children. TOTAL allocation to budget projects 2020: €53,145,650
  7. RULING of 10 December 2019, of the Director of Emakunde-Basque Institute for Women, regulating and convening the awarding of grants, for 2020, to private companies and entities to contract approved consultancy firm to conduct an Appraisal of Gender Equality and produce an Equality Plan published in the BOPV (Official Gazette of the Basque Country) Amount: €200,000
  8. ORDER of 13 November 2019, of the Basque Government’s Minister for Education, convening economic grants for Local Corporations owners of nursery schools for zero to three year olds for the 2019-2020 academic year.

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