DAY 1 (Thursday 29 June 2023)

SESSION 1: Introduction (9.15–10.00)

Coordinator: Prof. Maria Karamessini, Director of the Centre for Gender Studies and Head of the Gender Equality, Committee of Panteion University

Welcoming speeches

9:00–9.25 Address by Prof. Christina Koulouri, Rector of Panteion University

Address by Kalypso Goula, Secretary General for Demography and Family Policy and Gender Equality

The Greek Leave System

9:25–9:45 Parenting leaves in Greece from the perspective of gender equality and inclusion

Evi Hatzivarnava, external collaborator, Center for Gender Studies, Panteion University, member

of the International Network on Leave Policy and Research

9:45–10:00 Discussion

SESSION 2: Celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the International Leave Policy and Research network (10.00–11.00)

Coordinator: Prof. Andrea Doucet, leader of Leave Policy and Research Coordinating team

10:00 – 10:20 Parental Leave – Progress or Pitfall? some reflections on policy and the network

Emeritus Prof. Peter Moss & Fred Deven, Leave Network's co-founders

10:20 – 10:40 Celebrating and sustaining the International Leave policy and Research network: Highlights and challenges

Prof. Ann-Zofie Duvander, Stockholm University & Prof. Margaret O'Brien, University College London, TCRU, International Leave Policy and Research network coordinators(2015-2021)

10:40–11:00 Reflections

Break (11:00–11:30)

SESSION 3: Leave and work-life balance policy dimensions (11.30-13.00)

Coordinator: Prof. Maria Stratigaki,

11:30 – 11:45 EU work-life balance policy: from the European Employment Strategy to the European Care Strategy

Prof. Maria Karamessini, Director of the Centre for Gender Studies and Head of the Gender Equality Committee of Panteion University

11:45 – 12:00 Multiple meanings of care across time and space: policy resources for working parents and carers

Prof. Mara Yerkes, Utrecht University

12:15 – 12:30 What has the pandemic taught us about(parenting) leaves?

Assoc. Prof Ivana Dobrotić, University of Zagreb & Prof. Alison Koslowski, University College London & Research Fellow, Sonja Blum, KU Leuven Public Governance Institute

12:30 – 12:45

12:45 – 13.00 Is Paid Parental Leave a Human Right and… Does it Matter?

Prof. Shirley Gatenio Gabel, Fordham University, NY USA & Assoc. Prof. Ivana Dobrotić∗, University of Zagreb


Lunch Break (13:00–14:00)

SESSION 4: Leave policy and gender equality in the context of changing work forms and patterns (14:00-15:30) 

Coordinator: Dr. Joanna Tsiganou -Rapporteur: Sandra Idvoro Carlier

14:00 – 14:15 Changing experiences of Japanese fathers taking parental leave alone: Increase of mothers’ labour force participation matters?

Prof. Hideki Nakazato, Conan University, Japan

14:15 – 14:30 Do flexibility of work arrangements promote more equal sharing of parental leave?

Johanna Lammi-Taskula & Johanna Närvi, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare & Anneli Miettinen& Miia Saarikallio-Tor, Finnish Social Insurance Institution

14:30 – 14:45 The Russian parents’ experience of using flexibility elements during parental leave

Prof. Anna Bagirova, Natalia Blednova & Aleksandr Neshataev, Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg, Russia

14:45 – 15:00 Review Article: The mismatch between the family policies and the needs of women workers in the Global South

Dr. Keonhi Son, Postdoctoral researcher, University of Bremen

15:00–15:30 Discussion

Break (15:30–15:50)

SESSION 5: Leave systems, care culture and gender equality (14:00-15:30)

Coordinator: Prof. Maria Symeonaki -Rapporteur: Sophie Mathieu

14:00 – 14:15 Italian leave policies in changing times: an analysis with the FamILens® model

Prof. Sara Mazzucchelli, Catholic University of Milan

14:15 – 14:30 Gender gap in parental leave in Greece: Influencing factors and perceptions

Stella Kadsagli, Co-Founder & Dr Nafsika Moschovakou, Women on Top, NGO, Greece

14:30 – 14:45 Effectiveness of the Slovak Daddy Quota: A feminist quantitative analysis of policy reform in a traditional context

Zuzana Dancikova, Doctoral Researcher & Prof. Wendy Sigle, London School of Economics and Political Science

14:45 – 15:00 Leave-Taking as Gender Activism: discourses of fathers taking parental leave in Israel

Nadav Perez-Vaisvidovsky, Senior Lecturer, Askelon Academic College, Israel

15:00–15:30 Discussion

Break (15:30–15:50)

SESSION 6: Leave systems, leave design and gender equality (15:50-17:30) 

Coordinator: Dr. Nelli Kambouri -Rapporteur: Dr. Susana Atalaia

15:50 – 16:05 Three worlds of family policies?

Laurène Thil, Senior Researcher, HIVA KU LEUVEN, Belgium

16:05 – 16:20 Why do some countries encourage fathers’ care more than others? A comparative-historical analysis of fathers’ leaves access and provisions

Cassandra Engeman, Research Fellow, Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University-United States, team member

16:20 – 16:35 Perceptions of workplace culture and paid parental leave use in Iceland

Dr. Ásdís A. Arnalds∗ & Prof. Guðný Björk Eydal∗, University of Iceland

16:35-16:50 Paid parental leave reforms and mothers' employment in Austria, France and Hungary

Zsuzsanna Makay, Senior Research Fellow, Hungarian Demographic Research Institute

16:50–17:30 Discussion

SESSION 7: Leave systems, leave design and gender equality (15:50-17:30) 

Coordinator: Prof. Gerardo Meil -Rapporteur

15:50 – 16:05 Parental Leave in Québec: Recent evolutions

Prof. Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay, University of Québec- Téluq & Dr. Sophie Mathieu, Senior Program specialist, Vanier Institute for the Family, Canada

16:05 – 16:20 Fathers’ uptake of leave and implications for gender equality: a scoping review

Dr Youngcho Lee & Dr Merve Uzunalioglu, LSE, UK

16:20 – 16:35 ‘’Parental leaves’’ for whom: The case of self-employed women

Joanna Tsiganou & Maria Thanopoulou, Directors of Research, National Center of Social Research, Greece

16:35 – 16:50 Recent parental leave policy reform in Lithuania: towards more equal uptake among the parents?

Rūta Brazienė Chief Researcher & Sonata Vyšniauskienė, Lithuanian Social Science Centre, Institute of Sociology & Sonata Vyšniauskienė, Vilnius University

16:50 – 17:05  Care faces - social and legal challenges to the Polish care system in 2022/2023

Barbara Godlewska-Bujok, University of Warsaw

17.05 - 17:30 Discussion

DAY 2 (Friday 30 June 2023)