Globally, women are paid, on average, 22 per cent less than men. These gender gaps tend to be most prominent at the top of the wage distribution, the ‘glass ceiling’ for highly skilled women workers, and at the bottom, for women working in the lowest paid jobs.
Gender pay gaps can partly be attributed to factors such as work experience, enterprise size, levels of education and training, and care responsibilities. Yet, in many cases, these inequalities are simply a result of gender discrimination or unconscious biases and stereotypes that value women as less qualified than men. This form of gender discrimination is replicated at the company level and can lead to significant disparities in earnings over lifetimes, perpetuating women’s unequal position in the workplace and labour market.
In addition to the fact that gender pay inequity is a human rights violation, a number of governments and companies in the Indian Ocean Rim region recognize that closing gender pay gaps helps to attract staff and increase performance, retention and productivity.
This webinar will feature guest speakers from two IORA countries where significant measures have been taken to address gender pay gaps, Australia and France. UN Women will also share some of the WEPs tools and resources available to support companies to close the gender pay gap.