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Slovenia

  • By: Sabina Znidarsic Zagar
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

The major problem mothers in the Republic of Slovenia are facing today is how to harmonize their growing motherhood/household and professional duties. Despite the fact that the requirements related to the transition from traditional motherhood to mothering have increased, internal family relations have remained unchanged. In the socialist era, the state tried to facilitate the harmony between both worlds by opening accessible childcare institutes and limiting working hours for mothers. Women continue to perform the majority of unpaid domestic work and take incomparably more sick leave than men to care for family members; today, women account for 49 percent of the entire labor force with over 90 percent employed full time. Although a strong presence of women in measurable work is already a traditional Slovenian ...

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