Background on stress, work and illness

…and gender
Research of the last years has shown an additional dimension: MSD and RSI are a gender issue. The European Foundation’s 1996 European Union-wide survey found that women are more likely than men to undertake repetitive tasks or repetitive work and are more likely to have difficulty taking breaks, days off or holidays. US figures show a similar trend and reveal that relatively more women are suffering because of the repetitive jobs they do. At the same time the research in Europe and North America shows that women have fewer compensated injuries and illnesses because the compensation systems have often been set up in response to problems in jobs traditionally held by men. The types of health problems women have are not recognized or compensated, creating vicious circles where women’s occupational health problems are not taken seriously, therefore not recognised.

Vida Viva

Education & exchange in Germany

What is Vida Viva about?

Who is involved in Vida Viva?

What have we done?

What can you do?

Do you want to read more?


Vida Viva in Brazil

Background on Brazil’s economy

…and the labour market

Background on stress, work and illness
…and gender
…in Brazil

Background on Brazil’s labour movement
… and industrial relations
… unions and health

Conclusion: unions, work and health

Vida Viva in Mozambique

Vida Viva in Germany


Expo - chemical worker

Choclate factory

Expo-agro workers

Leaflet December 2006

Leaflet January 2007

Leaflet February 2007

Introduction magazine
of Vida Viva

Brochure on work quality

Health & safety guide

Mapping guide English