Women come out the winners of the education offensive: this is a clear result of Burgenland’s women’s report 2014. This means that more women than men graduate from high school with university entrance exams and that more women graduate from university – 61% of all graduates are women. The higher education also has a positive impact on the employment rate of women; the rate continuously increased since 2005. The childcare facilities in Burgenland respond to this trend. About two thirds use day care facilities. The report also highlights areas in which women face disadvantages: women more often work in part-time employment than their male counterparts; the quota lies at 86.8 % at the moment. And even among the full-time employees, women earned about 1/5 less than men in 2013. This entails major differences in regard to income and later on in regard to retirement pays.
The women’s report was drawn up by the team of Forschung Burgenland and the UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES Burgenland’s Department Social Work and presented by the state’s women’s representative, Verena Dunst. It gives insights into the situation of women and gender-related differences in Burgenland. It helps defining the support measures that work and that need to be continued. To have a good overview of the issues is very important because the new EU-funding period starts soon and it sets aside 2.7 mio. Euros for innovative women’s projects.
The women’s report is the first project to be concluded in the UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES Burgenland’s Department Social Work, which was founded in the fall of 2014. An important motto of the department is that science shall act as interpreter of complex situations und thus serve as many people as possible.