The COVID-19 impacted on the hole society, however some collectives suffered the consequences on a deeper level due to their vulnerable position. This is the case of women in general, who had to cope with taking care of others and performing their working tasks in one unique environment: home.
The Balance project focuses on the difficulties that women encountered to balance private life with work life and how they have adapted to this challenge. The economic fields that where more negatively impacted by the Covid are the sectors in which we find a higher percentage of women. In addition, the rapid implementation of the remote work increased their burn out as it is a difficulty to combine it with the unpaid labour that (most of the time) fall on them.
The project is not only targeted to women, but also to their employers and adult educators. Balance aims to support and equip women and their workplace leaders for a better managing of the work-life balance. Through high quality and accessible learning materials to their users, it is intended to provide them with the sufficient tools to achieve a healthier digital lifestyle. Targeting adult educators has the aim to upskilling their competences on digital balance education.
Tallinn University, from Estonia, is coordinating this project in collaboration with 5 other European partners: Turun yliopisto - University of Turku (Finland), eucen (Belgium), European E-Learning Institute (Denmark), Momentum Educate + Innovate (Ireland) and KMOP (Greece).
The projects started in November 2021 and will finish in November of 2023. The tools developed by this project are three:
In summary, the Balance project will support and equip women and their workplace leaders to better manage work-life balance, improving digital balance and managing techniques for reducing stress and anxiety within the modern working world.
Erasmus+ grant 2021-1-EE01-KA220-ADU-000028237