According to the UN Women’s 2015 progress report, Transforming economies, realising rights, this is how the world regards women. The report shares sobering results and calls for a global change in economic policies as women today are doing more work than men for less money.
It is baffling that in today’s society, woman are earning 24 per cent less than men, work longer hours, do almost two and a half times the amount of domestic work and are less likely than men to receive a pension later in life.
And to be clear, this isn’t discriminating between women in more affluent countries and those who are employed in poor countries. This is across the board, on a global scale, and the UN is demanding something be done.
Thankfully there has been new legislation introduced to support women’s right to work, but there has not been significant change in some countries. The report, which is over 300 pages long, contains findings that show how little women have advanced in some circumstances and documents conditions in specific countries.
The women of South Asia are struggling with the widest pay gap (33 per cent) while women in the Middle East and North Africa are much closer to experiencing equality with only a 14 per cent gap. So where do we place in the global rankings? Australia, along with Finland and Mongolia, were mentioned as countries that experienced a widening wage gap between 2000 and 2010.
How does this make you feel knowing that in our country, the wage equality situation for women has worsened over the last decade? UN Women stated that “despite the progress made, the current situation is not acceptable or understandable”.
The report itself asks: “At a time when women and girls have almost equal opportunities when it comes to education, why are only half of women of working age in the labour force globally, and why do women still earn much less than men?”
And this is specifically in regards to paid work. When it comes domestic work, the report states that women do almost two and a half times as much unpaid domestic work as men. If you were to combine the hours of paid and unpaid work for women, “women in almost all countries work longer hours than men each day”.
Do you believe that our government should be doing more to close the wage gap? Let us know in the comments below.
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