Gender Equality in Employment Utilizing Female Social Entrepreneurship in Greece

12 International and Comparative Corporate Law Journal 2, 36-60, 2017

University of Oslo Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2017-06

29 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2017 Last revised: 18 Apr 2017

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Aikaterini Argyrou

Utrecht University, School of Law, Students; Nyenrode Business University

Stelios Charitakis

Maastricht University, Faculty of Law; Leiden University - Faculty of Humanities

Date Written: February 9, 2017

Abstract

Greek women are severely affected by the on-going financial crisis. They deal with the effects of unemployment and they experience a marginalised position in the Greek labour market due to deep-rooted stereotypes which result in inequality of employment opportunities. Greece has ratified the CEDAW Convention 1979 which prohibits discrimination against women in occupation on the basis of gender. Greece has also transposed the EU Directives against the discrimination of women to ensure that several women’s rights are protected. Although measures supplemented by national law, provide a framework for equality and protection of women’s rights, Greek women, yet face barriers that hinder their participation in the workforce. Against those barriers, Greece should take positive measures to eliminate existing stereotypes and to empower women to participate in the economic life. Measures can be designed in the context of the Social Entrepreneurship Law 2011 with policies that promote female social entrepreneurship and women’s employment in social enterprises. The participation of women in social entrepreneurship activities could generate employment opportunities that contribute to the elimination of existing barriers and effectively guarantee the realisation of the right to work for women in Greece.

Keywords: social enterprises, right to work, Koinsep, women, Greece, barriers, gender equality

Suggested Citation

Argyrou, Aikaterini and Charitakis, Stelios, Gender Equality in Employment Utilizing Female Social Entrepreneurship in Greece (February 9, 2017). 12 International and Comparative Corporate Law Journal 2, 36-60, 2017; University of Oslo Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2017-06. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2914142 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2914142

Aikaterini Argyrou (Contact Author)

Utrecht University, School of Law, Students ( email )

Utrecht
Netherlands

Nyenrode Business University ( email )

Straatweg 25
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Breukelen, 3620 AC
Netherlands

Stelios Charitakis

Maastricht University, Faculty of Law ( email )

Maastricht
Netherlands

Leiden University - Faculty of Humanities ( email )

Netherlands

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