Gender Pay Gap
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 26/02/2013 First transmission: 26/02/2013
At EU level, the gender pay gap is defined as the relative difference in the average gross hourly earnings of women and men within the economy as a whole. According to the European Commission's latest annual report, on average women earn 16,4 % less than men for every hour worked. There were considerable differences between the Member States, with the pay gap ranging from more than 20% in Slovakia, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Germany, United Kingdom and Greece and more than 25% in Estonia and Austria.
The gender pay gap has far-reaching effects, especially in regard to pensions. Since women's earnings over a lifetime are on average 16.4% lower than men's, these lower earnings result in lower pensions. As a result, elderly women are more likely to face poverty: 22% of women aged 65 and over are at risk of poverty compared to 16% of men.
This infoclip illustrates women in various professional activities: Female students, pilots, scientists, surgeons, camerawomen, sound engineers, bank managers, MEPs and women who inaugurated their own enterprise. What is more, it illustrates poor women who go with their babies to health centers for free medical exams, deprived women who wait in the queue for free food distribution for themselves and their families and women who revise their professional qualifications to increase the chances of getting a job.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Female students attending classes at universities and studying in the library, Strasbourg, France. (Strasbourg). (France). 17-12-2009. (6 shots)
||Marian HARKIN, Member of the Bureau Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (rapporteur on European common agricultural policy) attending a session in the European Parliament, (Brussels), (Belgium). 02-2013. (3 shots)
||Female scientist using a microscope, (Budapest). (Hungary).02-2009.Female surgeon and female medical team during a surgical procedure. Operating unit at Madrid hospital. (Madrid). (Spain). 03-02-2010. (7 shots).
||Female bank officer opens her dossier with the pay checks, takes out the last pay check and takes notes on it, (Brussels), (Belgium). 01-2013. (2 shots).
||Fashion designer. Dress-maker in her own atelier, cutting clothes. (Strasbourg).
(France). 05.2011. (7 shots).
||Female pilot and her co-pilot during the preparations of the flight, (Charleroi). (Belgium). 02-2012. Camerawoman filming a female journalist, (Strasbourg). (France). 2010. Female sound engineer during her day-to-day job, (Brussels), (Belgium). 02-2013. (7 shots).
||Françoise MEUNIER, Director General of Research and Treatment for Cancer (EORTC) during day-to-day work activities at her office and leading an important meeting, (Brussels. Belgium). 02-2013. (4 shots)
||Christine VAN RIJSSEGHEM, Senior General Manager, KBC Global Services leading a significant meeting. (Brussels), (Belgium). 01-2013. (3 shots).
||Poor women wait in the queue for food distribution for themselves and their families from food Associations, (Brussels), (Belgium). 01-2013. (5 shots)
||Deprived women visit with their babies health medical centres for free medical exams, (Athens), (Greece). 02-2013. (5 shots).
||Young woman in public employment office in Madrid discussing with a job expert on ways to revise her professional qualifications and increase her job effectiveness, (Madrid), (Spain). 01-2013. (3 shots)