Support for parenting

In addition to the parental assistance programs set up by the equality offices at the universities of Geneva and Lausanne, the LIVES center offers four further measures to support parents:

  • Extension of paternity leave from one (as set out in law) to two paid weeks for all fathers employed by the LIVES center who become parents during their contracts. This leave must be taken within a month of the birth or adoption of the child. This measure allows fathers to get further involved in the responsibilities of parenting. It also reduces the pressure on women who have gone through a pregnancy and helps combat the widespread idea that pregnancy and children are for women to deal with. As a measure like this needs to be included in the relevant institution's legal framework, each application will be dealt with individually and a custom solution will be arrived at for each case.
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  • Making out a "childcare check" to LIVES parents who have to participate in a scientific activity associated with the center (doctoral school, meetings, conferences, etc.) allows them to finance childcare during that activity. This measure is meant to make it easier for LIVES parents to take part in these events.
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  • Financial support for extra costs related to child care and custody for LIVES parents participating to a scientific activity (doctoral school, meetings, congress, etc.).
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  • Implementation at the LIVES NCCR of the "Guidelines for flexible working practices" regarding organization of work (meeting times, home working, vacation calendar). These best practices are meant to prevent employees from having to justify their desire to maintain a balance between work and family. This measure is also intended to combat the stereotypes associated with parenting, and the stigmatization of parents, while creating a work environment more conducive to a balance between employment and private life.

Contact: Sabine.KradolferMorales@unil.ch or equality@lives-nccr.ch