Pay gapsbetween women and menrepresent one of today’s greatest social injusticerooted in longstanding disparities in labourmarkets. It’s time to close thistype of discrimination. On average, women globally are paid about 20 per cent less than men, according to the International Labour Organisation(ILO). ‘Whileindividual characteristics such as education,working time, occupational segregation, skills, or experience explain part of the pay gapbetween women and men,ILOsays thata large partis due to discrimination based on sexi’.The total gap in labour income is a consequence of the gapbetween women and menin average income per worker and the gapin employment.
A new indicator developed by the International LabourOrganization finds that women’s access to employment, working conditions and labour income gap have barely improved in the past two decadesii.“This situation can no longer continue.Pay gapbased on sexisalso a form ofviolence against women”, says Lilian Halls–French, EFICo–President.
Facts are telling: •Women are concentrated in lower–paid, lower–skill work. •Foreverydollar men earn, women earn 51 centsiii. •Women are under–represented in decision–making roles. •Women carry out at least 2.5 timesmore unpaid work than men.
These facts highlight extent of inequalities in the labour market, emphasizing the significance of improving women’s comprehensive involvement in the workforce. This involves broadening their opportunitiesacrossvariousprofessionsandtacklingtheevidentissuesinjobqualitythat disproportionately affect women while ensuring equal treatment for work of equal value