International Women's Day - 8 March 2004
Council of Europe celebrates International Women's day with a series of events
Maud de Boer-Buquicchio: '' Help staff to find a better work-life balance''

Dominique Méda: philosopher and sociologist and author of works on employment and new forms of role sharing

Vlado Dimovski: Ministre du travail, des Affaires sociales et familiales de Slovénie

Beatrice Zimmermann: President of the Staff Committee of the Council of Europe


Secretary General

11-12 March 2004 : Parliamentary colloquy on domestic slavery


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Reconciling work and private lives was the theme chosen by the Council of Europe to mark International Women's Day on 8 March 2004.

Leading figures and experts on equality addressed a conference entitled ''Working life, private life: getting the balance right'', chaired by the organisation's Deputy Secretary General, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio.

Speakers included Vlado Dimovski, Minister of Labour, Family and Social Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, Dominique Méda, philosopher and sociologist and author of works on employment and new forms of role sharing, and François de Singly, professor of sociology at the University Paris 5 - Sorbonne and Director of CERLIS (Centre de Recherche sur les liens sociaux), who has also published works on the subject.

The conference was open to all staff members, judges of the European Court of Human Rights and permanent delegations.

On 11 and 12 March it will be the turn of the Parliamentary Assembly's Equal Opportunities Committee, which will be holding a colloquy in Paris on domestic slavery: servitude, au pairs and mail-order brides. At this meeting, former victims will describe their experiences.

Strasbourg's mayor, Fabienne Keller, has invited some hundred local women in elected posts to a breakfast meeting at the Council of Europe, where they can exchange views on their experience as women in politics. The Deputy Secretary General, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, also took part.