VNR: Fighting the Gender Pay Gap in Europe
Type: Video news release
End production: 25/02/2009 First transmission: 02/03/2009
Women earn an average of 17,4% less than men in the European Union, though this figure varies widely between countries and professions, and is usually greater in the private sector. The difference exists even though women often have better educational qualifications than men.
There are many factors behind this wage discrepancy, it is a complex issue that affects women throughout the working lifecycle: from the moment they choose a career to their workplace activities and even into their retirement, where women face a greater risk of poverty in old age than men.
Ahead of the International Women’s Day on March 8th, the European Commission is launching a campaign to raise awareness about the gender pay gap and how it can be tackled, under the slogan “Close the gender pay gap. It makes sense for everyone”. Indeed closing this gap and valuing women’s work can have benefits for employers as well as workers, helping to improve productivity and creating a positive, productive working environment that values and recognises the contribution of everyone, thus benefiting European society as a whole.
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||Boys in school kitchen, mixing ingredients to make cakes; Girls and boys in carpentry class
||ITW Reinhard Winter. Headmaster, Martin-Luther-King-Schule, Münster (DE)
Our aim is to broaden the scope. There are more opportunities for girls than being a hairdresser or a salesgirl.
So where else can these girls get a job? We try to help open their minds to other jobs.
||Outside views of oil refinery (in the snow), entrance to Porvoo Refinery; flare chimneys; inside chemistry lab
||ITW Marja Vuollet. R&D Manager Industrial Chemistry, Neste Oil (FI)
Today and even traditionally, chemistry students in Finland are usually girls.
When we have vacancies more women apply than men.
||Women working in chemistry lab
||ITW Hannele Jakosuo-Jansson, Senior Vice President, Corporate Human Resources, Neste Oil (FI)
For our part we want an image as a modern, equal employer, which would attract people to work at Neste.
A woman's euro is worth the same as a man's euro.
||Matthew Higham and colleague sitting round office desk discussing “Framework of actions on Gender Equality” dossier
||ITW Matthew Higham, Adviser, Social Affairs Department, Business Europe (EN)
They themselves see the benefits of encouraging women to come into scientific and technical jobs; and also promoting women in decision-making - quite simply because they want the best competences.
||Graphic: Gender Pay Gap
||ITW Gitta Vanpeborgh, Gender Mainstreaming Officer, ABVV-FGTB Union, Belgium (FR)
Women work in sectors and in lower paid professions,
they work more part time, they have more imbalance between work and private life and the glass ceiling means that women don't get access to the top jobs.
||Annemie Pernot walking along street and into café; menu of the day outside café; inside café drinking coffee
||ITW Annemie Pernot, Public sector worker (FR)
Between the ages of 25 and 30 one does not really think about one's pension. You don't think about it; you're young, you have kids, you like to live abroad and all of a sudden at the age of 60 you realize that there were decisions that had important consequences on the level of pension.
||External views European Parliament building; Edit Bauer going down escalator
||ITW Edit Bauer, Member of the European Parliament (EN)
By the dynamic how the gender pay gap is diminishing, it would be necessary more than one hundred years to close that gap. It seems to me that it would not be fair to wait more hundred years.