Project Homework

The project aims to evaluate the impact of the pandemic caused by COVID-19 on family and professional conciliation, and integrating a gender perspective aims to contribute to the improvement of the Portuguese legal system and/or public policies in the promotion of equality between women and men. The main repercussions of teleworking at home have been the increase in work-family conflict, stress, and fatigue, which have been reported more by women and by people teleworking with care responsibilities. There is an urgent need to know the impact of telework on family/cohabitation dynamics, sex/gender differences, and the impact on gender equality nationally and internationally. This project is promoted by the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences of the University of Porto and financed by the EEA Financial Mechanism EEA Grants in partnership with CIG (Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality) the Programme operator.

About the promoter

The University of Porto is the promoter of this project. Founded in 1911, it is one of Portugal’s leading institutions in teaching and scientific research. The University of Porto is an institution committed to translating the talent and innovation that inhabit its 14 faculties, a business school, and more than 50 research centers into added value for society. The Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences of the University of Porto (FPCEUP) is one of these faculties and therefore includes one of the university poles strongly integrated in the city of Porto holding infrastructures that ensure the best academic, scientific, but also social and cultural experience. FPCEUP, in activity since 1980, is a reference unit in training and research in the fields of Psychology and Education Sciences. With a nationally and internationally recognized contribution, FPCEUP hosts two research centers in various structures, such as laboratories and observatories, which create the conditions for developing diverse and interdisciplinary research.

About the funding agency

The project is funded by the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism. Through the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement, signed in Porto in May 1992, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway become internal market partners with the Member States of the European Union. To promote a continuous and balanced reinforcement of economic and trade relations, the parties to the European Economic Area Agreement established a multi-annual financial mechanism, known as EEA Grants, through which Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway provide financial support to those European Union Member States with the greatest deviations from the European average GDP per capita, where Portugal is included. Thus, reducing economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area and strengthening bilateral relations between beneficiary countries and donor countries are the main objectives of the EEAGrants.

About the program operator

The Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (CIG) is the national organism responsible for promoting and defending this principle, seeking to respond to the profound social and political changes in society regarding citizenship and gender equality. It is a service of direct administration of the State (with headquarters in Lisbon and a decentralized service in Porto), responsible for the execution of public policies in the field of citizenship and promoting and defending gender equality.