Tick-tock Europe: championing the Right to time!

Time is a growingly scarce and unequal resource. 20% of European citizens, rising to 34% among women with children, are experiencing time poverty: they do not have a literal minute for themselves after completing their necessary activities of work, sleep, and care. All of us are feeling this disturbing sensation of being under constant time pressure.

The European Parliament has already established a precedent with its resolution of 5 July 2022 on women’s poverty in Europe calls for a measurement of poverty that includes time poverty, asking Eurostat to coordinate with Member States the gender-responsive design of the European Survey on the Use of Time and frequency with which it should be carried out.

European citizens should see their Right to Time safeguarded and nurtured. Every European citizen should have autonomy regarding the organisation of their own time and should have time of their own. No one should face discrimination when it comes to the use of their time.

Protecting and championing the Right to Time requires bold and innovative time policies. This responsibility falls on all levels of governance, from local authorities to the European Union. Considering the widespread nature of this challenge and its multifaceted dimensions, the European Union must and is uniquely placed to play a pivotal role in addressing this issue.

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