Gender Equality

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The lecture series „25 Years of Equality“ organised by the Liechtenstein Institute in August 2017 marked the beginning of the discussion on the topic of gender equality. In addition to the lecture „Art. 31 para. 2 LV, the CEDAW and the Gender Equality Act“, it produced two further lectures on the UN Women’s Rights Convention CEDAW and its effects in Liechtenstein (June and November 2019). Published so far was in February 2018 a longer article in the Swiss online journal „Jusletter“ entitled „Gender equality, care work and family policy in Liechtenstein“, which analyses not only the equality article in the Liechtenstein constitution, but also the influences of CEDAW and EEA law. This contribution focuses on the discrepancy that in the course of the preoccupation with equality, the integration of women into the world of work was discussed, but not who should take on unpaid work such as childcare and housework. The discussion of gender equality continued in 2020 with an article in the Swiss Review of International and European Law (SRIEL). It deals in depth with the requirements of CEDAW and the case law of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. 

 

This was followed in October 2020 by a study commissioned by the Association for Human Rights in Liechtenstein VMR, the Labour Union of Liechtenstein LANV and the Information and Counselling Centre for Women infra on live-in care by care migrants in Liechtenstein. One focus of the study is on the provisions of labour law. As domestic workers, caregivers are not subject to the Labour Code, but only to the Labour Protection Act, the General Civil Code (Allgemeines bürgerliches Gesetzbuch) and the standard employment contract for domestic workers. In addition, the EEA legal provisions on maximum working time, breaks and on-call duty are presented in detail.