Reporter 452, 22 May 2000

Seminar focus on family-friendliness

Women are now key players in the new economy, but if businesses and organisations are to be able to utilise women’s (and men’s) contributions to the full they will have to provide more family-friendly policies.

Women’s work: Government Minister Tessa Jowell, centre, meets Professor Fiona Williams, right, Professor Deborah Withington and West Yorkshire firefighter Alice Barbour prior to the seminar on women in the new economy

This was the theme of a seminar organised jointly at the University by the newly-formed University of Leeds ESRC Research Group for the Study of Care, Values and the Future of Welfare (CAVA), the Cabinet Office Women’s Unit, the Smith Institute and the Government Office for Yorkshire and Humberside. The meeting was addressed by the Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP, Minister for Women, who stressed the importance of the work-life balance. Over 100 women from local and regional enterprises, local government, voluntary organisations, trade unions and training groups spent the day working out strategies to help women get ‘beyond juggling’, as Professor Fiona Williams, CAVA’s director and one of the day’s organisers, called it. The seminar was part of three days of events highlighting CAVA’s £1.4m, five-year research programme, including its formal launch and Professor Williams’ inaugural lecture.

The text of the inaugral lecture is available here

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