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Gender Unlimited Festival: Sustainability in Career and Care

This year's Gender Unlimited (the annual Gender festival at Tilburg University) was all about the sustainable combination of career and care. This free festival is on Tuesday 8 March, International Women's Day. In today's participatory society, the responsibility for care in the Netherlands is increasingly shifting from the government to the individual. Various interesting speakers will host interactive sessions where gender role divisions will be discussed in combining career and care on the level of individuals, organizations and society.

Program Information
Date Tuesday, 8 March 2016
Time 13:00 - 17:30hrs (welcome from 12:30 on)
Location Faculty Club, Tilburg University
Entry free. Please register via a registration form.
Speakers a.o. Mary Blair-Loy, Asha ten Broeke
Language English
Contact Annelieke Koster

Speakers -->

  • Keynote speech: Sociologist Mary Blair-Loy and author of the award-winning book, 'Competing Devotions: Career and Family among Women Executives'.
  • Iinteractive sessions:
    • Care for the self: Jac van der Klink (Centre for Care and Welfare (Tranzo) of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences) in cooperation with Helen Mijnarends (HMA coaching + Centrum Chronisch Ziek en Werk)
    • Care for the other: Saskia de Hoog (Women inc) with a contribution by Eelco Wierda, (Atria, kennisinstituut voor emancipatie en vrouwengeschiedenis)
    • Care for the child: Marloes van Engen (Tilburg University) with a contribution by Wopke Hoekstra (CDA en McKinsey)

Sustainability in Career and Care -->

Combining professional ambitions and care responsibilities is a challenge for a growing number of people. These responsibilities vary between providing informal care to a family member or loved one, taking care of children or caring for their own (mental or physical) health. To complicate matters, gender norms and expectations play a large part in both behavior (task division) and its consequences (well being and success). The obsolete male breadwinner model is inhibiting the optimal combination of career and care for both woman and men.

In this edition of Gender Unlimited, our speakers will explore the need to bend (gender) norms in order to promote sustainability in career and care and how to care for others, children and the self without losing track of both your own health and aspirations.


5 Points to contibute to changing norms concerning women, care and work, prof dr. Emilie Aarts, Congres Gender Unlimited 2016

Gender Unlimited is organized in collaboration with the PMC (People Management Center), TRANZO (Scientific Center for Care and Welfare), Gender policy and Academic Forum of Tilburg University.

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When: 08 March 2016 13:00

End date: 08 March 2016 17:30