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Discussion Forum: Fatherhood/Motherhood and Work
The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London

Discussion Forum sponsored by the 2014Catalunya-ONU alliance and IESE Business School.  

Homemakers Project launching in Barcelona  

London, 5th June, 2013 - Home Renaissance Foundation'spanel began with an introduction by HRF Director JuliaPrats within the framework of sociologist ZygmuntBauman's statement: "There should be some legal,social and economic framework which would allowpeople to choose working at home as a profession".Julia Prats introduced the challenge faced bycompanies when an employer sees in his or herworkers an inability to tackle problems at work, which could be linked to their childhood upbringingat home.  

Marc Grau, sociologist and researcher at the University of Edinburgh, made reference first to thefeeling of guilt experienced by many women, and how the battle for a more balanced life consists ofbeing responsible in the spheres of both one's working and personal life. Mr Grau expressed that weare experiencing a paradigm shift from the male bread-winner role into a more 'intimate father'.  

Mey Zamora declared that she is proud of being a homemaker and said that all those who work athome should feel proud as well, stating: "we play in a premier league team". Mrs Zamora, afterbeautifully describing how the house is the point of reference in the world, concluded that takingcare of the home ultimately means being able to create the best conditions for a good quality of life.  

Psychiatrist Joan de Dou utilised his expertise to examine the inconsistency between the personaland family values that people possess, and the extent to which the gap between the two can causeunhappiness. The sense of guilt which comes from comparing ourselves to one another is for somewomen an obstacle to happiness. In his consultancy work Mr de Dou carries out cognitivebehavioural therapy which is based on the acceptance of and commitment to everything that youundertake in your life. He affirmed that the values that we carry have the greatest impact on thechild's educational training, based on the concept of 'transferrable language', one of the theories ofDr Paulino Castells, another psychiatrist who has researched the matter.  

The panel continued with a second participation by Marc Grau, who talked about the importantmission of the Public Administration on this matter. He praised the Norwegian model and the twocriteria behind its policy: the children's best interest and the right to choose whether or not to stayat home. He also commended the French model on family-friendly policy.  

Joan de Dou brought the panel's deliberations to an end, remarking that our current tendency forworkaholism could be rooted on escapism. The psychotherapy that he undertakes is based on threevalues: self-control, transcendental motives and solidarity. As he said, all of these values can beattained with the work that a homemaker undertakes at home.  

Mercedes Jaureguibeitia , CEO of Home Renaissance Foundation who travelled especially fromLondon to be at the event, said that already good ties have been strengthened with IESE BusinessSchool, leading to a highly beneficial dialogue between the leading management school in Spain andHome Renaissance Foundation. IESE is the second highest ranking Executive Business School in theworld according to the Financial Times 2013 Executive Education listing.  

A special thanks to Nuria Chinchilla, Director of the International Center for Work and Family, on theorganisation of the event.  


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