The measures are aimed at preventing inequalities between working men and women. The European Union estimates that on average women spend 22 unpaid hours every week caring for their children, 12 more than men.
Women already hold 60% of post-secondary qualifications in the European Union. However, many find themselves obligated to leave the labour market due to their responsibilities as mothers or family careers.
In 2007, Iberdrola was the first company in the Ibex 35 to implement the uninterrupted schedule for its workforce in Spain, as a way of demonstrating its commitment to achieving the correct work-life balance.
25% of the people in Europe and in the United States collaborate as volunteers. In Spain, 260,000 people participate in international projects.