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JU.M.P – Juggling Motherhood and Profession

J.U.M.P aims at better reconciling work-life balance and creating new career opportunities for low-skilled/income women.

Grant Agreement: 2016-1-IT02-KA204–024321

Funded by: Erasmus+        Duration: 01/11/2016-31/08/2019


According to European Commission, in all EU countries women are less involved in labour market than men. Women work fewer hours, work in lower-paying sectors, and occupy lower-ranking positions than men, resulting in considerable gender pay and earnings gaps. Specifically, in 2016, in Italy only 50% of female aged 20-64 were employed (contrary to 70% of males), in Greece  44% (males 62%), in Spain 54% (males 65%), in Croatia 54 % (males 64%).

Furthermore, women often lag behind men in labour market participation due to the need of work-family conciliation. In  2016, the percentage of women, aged 25-49, who were inactive on the grounds of looking after children or incapacitated  adults was particularly high in Italy (30%), in Spain (26%), in Greece (23%) and in Croatia (18%).

Consequently, rising female employment rates is  necessary to reach the Europe 2020 target of achieving the 75% employed population aged 20-64, emphasizing on work-life balance.


By bringing together organizations in adult education, welfare provision and policy analysis and developing booklets for social professionals working with vulnerable women, J.U.M.P aims at better reconciling work-life balance and creating new career opportunities for low-skilled/income women.


A report was developed to identify the need of social professionals and the existing situation regarding the employability, skills, labour market, gender gap and motherhood context in each partner country.

A scientific review was conducted to provide comparative qualitative and quantitative data regarding work-life balance, women’s labour-market participation, gender gap in parenting and conciliation policies.

Read the report here.

4 booklets were developed to provide social professionals with the appropriate tools in order to enhance their skills and competences and to empower vulnerable mothers providing them social support.

The 4 booklets include:
·         Reconciliation and enhancement of proximity networks
·         The complexity of the parental role: Socio-economic background, Migration and Multiculturality
·         Soft skills development
·         Welfare: Policies and Reconciliation tools

Read the booklets here.

European Commission’s support for the production of this content does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Project Partners

KMOP – Social Action and Innovation Centre
Ufficio Pio (Italy) (Project Coordinator)
ETA BETA (Italy)
CIRSDE (Italy)
Fundacion Senara (Spain)
EEO Group S.A (Greece)
CESI (Croatia)

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