About the project

Information in this article were valid till 31.08.2008.

A Model Programme for Balancing Professional and Family Life - Vysočina Region


Project MOPPS DP (CZ-67) is implemented under the Community Initiative Programme EQUAL (CIP EQUAL), which is one of the instruments for reaching the goals of the European Strategy for Employment. MOPPS DP is a follow-up to the project “Conditions for Balancing Professional and Family Life - Partnership in Family,” which began the Czech Women’s Union‘ and their partners' participation in CIP EQUAL back in 2002.


In practice, the programme will research the opportunities for creating conditions for the family and work conciliation. It results from methods which were processed in the previous programme, and these include studies and situational observation. The goals take into account the programme’s developments in the Vysočina Region and the Community Plan of Social Services in the city of Havlíčkův Brod for the period of 2005 - 2007. Verification will run until 2008. The global objective of the project is to develop and implement a Model Programme for Balancing Professional and Family Life for the citizens in the Vysočina Region.

All the partner organizations work together closely on both the preparation and the implementation of activities, which contribute to the fulfillment of the global goal (i.e. the model programme) via four thematic groups: (1) Ideas and Values, (2) Services, (3) Work, and (4) Knowledge:

  • Change stereotypical attitudes toward separation of male and female roles in the family;
  • Create and implement new services, or improve existing ones, following the needs of the actual target groups;
  • Establish new work conditions and processes for making full use of information and communication technologies in close cooperation with employers, government, and the other relevant authorities;
  • Eliminate barriers in the continuous (life-long) education and the employment of persons with limited opportunities; improve forms of and access to consulting services, and support the development of the educational system.

Target Groups

The main target groups are families with variety of care obligations (children and other dependent persons); individuals with limited access to further education, self-education, and job opportunities, primarily rural women in regions with poor transportation and/or high unemployment rates; disadvantaged women returning to work after a long career break; other disadvantaged groups of women, such as women over 50 years of age, women with low qualifications, and men in similar life situations; as well as service promoters and providers, employers, government and other relevant authorities, the media.