Promoting gender equality in the labour market is fundamental to securing equality between women and men. The EU 2020 target for employment among women and men aged 20-64, is 75 per cent.
The labour market in the Nordic countries is highly segregated by sex. Women predominately work in sectors traditionally considered as female and men are concentrated in occupations and sectors perceived as male.
Working part-time facilitates the possibilities to combine parenthood with gainful employment or studies. At the same time it provides low-er incomes compared to working full-time and in the long term it im-pacts on the level of pension. In all Nordic countries women work part-time to a much larger extent than men which eventually impacts on women’s economic empowerment.