Although the situation of women when it comes to a career has been improving throughout the years, it is a fact that they still face many gender issues in the workplace.
Latest studies on the topic shed light on why women still get a lower salary than men in most of all countries. Although we are led to think that it can be explained by education disparities or family matters like having children, an increasing number of researchers highlights a new and convincing motive: women have low salaries due to sexual harassment in the workplace.
They are also less than men in the job market for the same reason. According to an ILO (International Labor Organization) report, only 48,5% of women older than 15 are active in the job market, while men are 75%. Even when women have higher salaries and positions, the gender issues in the workplace remain and even increase, which makes they leave. This happens everywhere, and all women are subject to it. During recent protests in Hollywood boosted with #MeToo movement, through which celebrities spoke out about the abuse that they suffered during work, the world seemed surprised about how far it gets.
Awareness is the key
It is high time to make people, especially men, become aware of the gender issues in the workplace and adopt an active behavior to make a change, which would benefit moral for all, not only women. According to World Bank, the productivity of a country could increase 25% if the gender issues in the workplace were eliminated. More than morally reprehensible, the fact that women are not safe in their jobs represents a loss in a larger scale. No wonder many organizations and entities are committed to this cause.
Unfortunately, there is still a strong resistance against women rights. It could be easily noticed checking the reactions to the #MeToo campaign, with many men openly discrediting the complaints, distorting the purpose of the movement.
It is a long way to go to make society sensible to the topic, which should be debated in every environment, from elementary school to every workplace, among occupiers of every position.
Reports to Ponder
A World Economic Forum’s report emphasizes that it will take at least 80 years until gender equality is achieved in the workplace. Although many initiatives are being taken to reduce such time, which is equivalent to one entire generation, they are very vague. Hence it is necessary that the governments, institutions in general and the society get together to implement a follow through guideline, accessible to all, from small to big companies, as well as the public sector.
Despite all the troubles in workplace faced by women, at home, they are still the only responsible, in most of the cases, for the housework, a situation known as the double burden. This means that, besides having a paid job, women have to mind the children, a sick family member, the cleaning, cooking and so on. A situation that is not going to change even in 80 years, unless we start acting right now.