If there is land above water, there exists a gender pay gap on that land. This is today’s stark reality on a matter that has plagued the globe since many decades now. In a recent survey, it was seen that the global average gap between figures earnt by men and women was a large 13.9%. While this has reduced from the 17.3% figure back in 2007, it still is significant as an average gap.
Among all the countries, Slovenia had the lowest gender pay gap coming in at just 2.3% while Estonia had the highest at around 27.3%. Thankfully, the pay gap is narrowing with time and social justice in this sphere, while taking time, is reaping dividends quite literally for the fairer sex.
For instance, the EU introduced equal pay for equal work and a workspace equality law few years back and this has helped reduce the gap significantly. Yet, there remains a lot to achieve on a global scale.
Can A Law Really Make a Difference?
Unfortunately, the EU bill on pay equality is in itself a perfect example of how laws do not automatically fix this situation. Among its member states, it was found that 23 states transposed many of the equality laws in a manner that really did not uphold the law itself.
However, such laws have promoted countries to take pre-emptive measures. For instance, Belgium introduced a mandatory comparative analysis on companies every two years. They also happened to be the first among EU nations to hold an Equal Pay Day each year.
Then there is the example of France that back in 2006 made it necessary for companies to report salaries and their plans to bridge the gender pay gap. Likewise, Austria passed a legislation that mandated companies make pay reports and that the reports for either gender must tally.
Precedents Are Set
Examples are already in existence for countries yet to implement gender pay gap reduction measures. So is the result of such acts evident for anyone to question and fall silent. Time the world unites to serve social justice to the fairer sex.