18 SEPTEMBER: INTERNATIONAL EQUAL PAY DAY

Equal gender pay: it's time to bridge the gap!

The EuroMed Feminist Initiative (EFI – IFE) is striving for gender equality in all spheres. In light of the latest figures on gender pay equality, EFI – IFE states: how long shall we wait?  

Across the globe, women earn on average substantially less than men. It is one of the most visible evidence of gender discrimination.

According to the Global Gender Gap Index [1] : « In 2022, the global gender gap has been closed by 68.1%. At the current rate of progress, it will take 132 years to reach full parity. » This represents a slight four-year improvement compared to the 2021 estimate (136 years to parity) ». https://www.weforum.org/reports/global-gender-gap-report-2022/digest

Gender gaps in the workforce are driven and affected by many factors, including long-standing structural barriers, overrepresentation in jobs that pay less; underrepresentation in managerial positions; responsibility for care tasks within households, social and cultural gender discrimination.[2]

Despite the obstacles faced by women on the labor market, gender pay gap is not a fatality and must be addressed by appropriate polices aiming at equal treatment between women and men.

EFI-IFE has been relentlessly advocating and running activities promoting gender equality and notably gender pay equality as a condition for social prosperity and fairer societies.

 

[1] The Global Gender Gap Index benchmarks the current state and evolution of gender parity across four key

dimensions (Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival, and Political Empowerment). It is the longest-standing index which tracks progress towards closing these gaps over time since its inception in 2006.It benchmarks 146 countries. From the World Economic Forum.

[2] ITUC Economic and Social Policy brief: the Gender Wage gap: https://www.ituc-csi.org/brief-wage-gap?lang=en

 

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