APERIO - Healthy Parenting Association is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation focused on the position and needs of parents in the society.
The mission of APERIO is to support informed choice, personal responsibility and active approach to parenting.
Our main goal is to improve maternity and parenting services and to support equal treatment of men and women both in family and in labour market.
We serve to expectant parents and parents, including single parents, socially and physically handicapped parents. Our clients include employers as well.
Personal Counselling and Helpline for Parents - new service (since mid-September 2015) for parents available also for English speaking (foreign national) parents!
You can find more information about the service HERE.
A Guide for Foreign National Parents Living in the Czech Republic, March 2015.
Download the Guide (PDF, 627 KB).
April 26, 2015 - beneficial run Parents, let's run! - Parenthood is a long-distance run. Come to join us!
February 9, 2015 - international conference Parents in the Company - Best Practices from the Czech Republic and Abroad - invitation in English.
This year we launch several new projects:
Our counsellors answered 3435 questions in our free web-based counselling service in 2014. The counselling service has been in operation since 2005. Questions can be entered anytime and are generally answered within 7 days.
Our web-based guide of maternity hospitals has been in service for 11 years and it includes 94 profiles of maternity hospitals. In 2014, 34 thousand people visited the pages of the guide.
The website www.aperio.cz had 421 thousand visits in 2014. The website includes practical information, expert opinions, interviews, polls, reports and interesting links for both parents and employers. The topics range from childbirth and parenthood preparation, over raising children and partner relationships, to work-life balance. There are also information for employers in HR point section, which include examples of good practice. We have also administred a website www.saminadeti.cz, focusing on single parents and those working with them.
Open courses and seminars took places both in Prague (472 participants) and in other places of the Czech Republic (work-life balance and flexible working seminars, seminars for single parents returning to the labour market).
The manual for parents “Don’t Struggle with Legislation and Balance Work with Family” was published for the tenth time. It includes the updated legislation relevant for parenting, motherhood and employment of parents. We publish the manual since 2001, from 2007 on every year basis.
We involved a group of different professionals working with single parents into our thematic network focusing on the issue of parenting alone, in a transnational cooperation project. One of the outputs of the project was a position paper for legislation change in the Czech Republic.
We engaged a number of employers from different parts of the Czech Republic and from a wide range of backgrounds: state agencies, business as well as non-profit organizations. The key HR specialists from 20 organizations gathered information and prepared manuals for working with parents in their workplaces. 15 employers participated in gender audits carried out using the original APERIO methodology. We have also provided counselling and training to executives and HR specialists, focused on equal opportunities, work-life balance as well as management of maternity and parenting leave (152 participants).
We issued DVD and website project Helthy Company - Equal Opportunities with inspiring information, videos, comics and fotostories, actual data and analysis to motivate employers to implement gender equality and work-life balance measures in their workplaces.
We organized several events for employers and professionals
For the first time we organized beneficial run Parents, let's run! - or the Parenthood is a long-distance run, April 2014. This year we run again - come to join us on April 26, Prague.
We made a business trip to Oslo, where we started a cooperation with Norwegian NGOs Juss-Buss, JURK and Voksne for Barn.
In December 2013 APERIO became an NGO associated with DPI (Department of Public Information) of the United Nations.
Conference brochure Single Parents or "To be a single parent is just like standing alone on the top of a hill where wind is blowing at you from all directions.", October 2014.
Publication People are the Most Valuable Asset You Have. Family-friendly provisions in companies, June 2012.
Video interviews with the employers from Czech Republic, Germany, Poland and Sweden about work-life balance, May 2012.
Conference brochure Time is Now …. Let's Support Work and Family Balance, October 2011.
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